Montreal is a beautiful and historical North American city that embodies European architecture with Canadian lifestyle. The official languages are French and English, the local food is exquisite and Montreal boasts some of the most attractive people in North America.
Named after the mountain that overlooks the city center, Mont Royal, Montreal offers job opportunities, good universities and affordable housing. The prefered method of transportation is walking or public transport with an Opus card. After work it is typical to go get a drink with friends in between 5-7pm, this is called ‘un cinq à sept’. The city wears all four seasons well, and climbing up Mont Royal is a must do experience with many Montrealers doing this on a regular basis.
If you think that you’re ready to fall in love with the French influenced Canadian city, beware. There are some things to keep in mind before packing up.
French is the predominant language for most work and business in the province of Quebec. Although you may be able to be served in both languages in shops, when you are providing goods or services you must be able to serve the client in their language of choice. Better brush up on your French lessons before starting your immigration paperwork.
If Storm Emma felt too cold for you, maybe it’s time to reconsider moving to Montreal. The summers are hot and humid, but the winters can go up to -30 degrees celsius. If you bundle up well with proper winter gear you’ll survive and get to keep your extremities but this is not for the faint of heart. The upside to the cold are the great winter festivals and sports that are available during that time of year. Also, when the snow melts it’s time for the ‘Cabane À Sucre’ meaning that the maple syrup is ready to be processed and more importantly taste tested.
Will You Fall In Love With Montreal?
If learning a new language or cold winters doesn’t deter you, Montreal may in fact be the place for you. There is a large community of Irish expats living there and many of them are looking to build their own community of friends. The culinary scene is delicious and varied, ranging from Montreal style bagels from St-Viateur, falafel wraps from Boustan or poutine from La Banquise. You cannot go to Montreal without trying their signature dish of chips, gravy and cheese curds aptly named ‘poutine’ which translated to ‘mess’. It is a large city by Canadian standards and there is always something new and exciting to do or see.
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