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10 facts about Montreal

10 facts about Montreal

Montr?al today is vibrant, known for its culture, and a hot spot for all things food and music. But all that good stuff didn't happen overnight. In fact, it took hundreds of years for the city to be shaped into what it is today.


Here are some fun facts about Montr?al's past and a few ways to enjoy the culture and vibrancy of this creative, urban gem now.

1. Montr?al hosted the first Olympics ever held in Canada in the summer of 1976. Today, you can visit the Olympic ParkExternal Link Title and see icons like The Montr?al TowerExternal Link Title.

2. You know the song "Give Peace a Chance" by John Lennon and Yoko Ono? This famous tune was recorded at the Queen Elizabeth HotelExternal Link Title 1969 during a week long bed-inExternal Link Title.

3. Mount Royal ParkExternal Link Title was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park in New York City. Be sure to stop and take in the view at the lookout.

4. Long before Europeans made their way to what's now Montr?al, the Iroquois people called this region home. You can visit the Pointe-?-Calli?re, a national archaeological and historic siteExternal Link Title, to discover more local history.

5. Montr?al was the largest city in Canada for a period of time. Now, just because it's smaller than Toronto doesn't mean there isn't still a ton to see and doExternal Link Title.

6. Love architecture and history? Then the fact that Montr?al is a UNESCO city of design might be of interest to you. Check out the beautiful architecture around the city - especially in Old Montr?al and the Old PortExternal Link Title.

7. In 1967, Montr?al hosted the World's FairExternal Link Title or as it's popularly known, Expo 67. One of the best mementos from that time is Habitat 67External Link Title - a quirky housing complex designed by Moshe Safdie.

8. During Prohibition, Montr?al was a sinful reprieve for Americans hopping over the border to track down booze and places to gamble. You can still find delicious cocktails all around the city, and even a speakeasy or twoExternal Link Title.

9. Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount RoyalExternal Link Title, or Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal in French, is Canada's largest church. Built in 1904, now a National Historic SiteExternal Link Title, this beautiful building is full of history and the notable dome is picture-perfectExternal Link Title.

10. Though most of the rest of Canada speaks English as a first language, Montréalers (and most Québecers) are known for their French culture. This dates back to 1535 when Jacques Cartier (who now has a bridge named after him) arrived in Montréal after navigating the St. Lawrence River and claimed it for France.

Fusing the past and present, Montréal is a city that’s waiting to be explored. Plan your trip at the Tourism Montréal website.