Montreal Fun Facts…Did You Know?

EC Montreal students realize it immediately after their arrival, that Montreal is an interesting, unique and cool city!  We bet you didn’t know the following fun facts about Montreal:

Assasin’s Creed, one of the most popular and profitable video games ever was made in Montreal

The very first hockey game in the world was played in Montreal on March 3rd, 1875 at Victoria rink. Not surprisingly, it ended in a fight.

In total, 80 languages are spoken in the Montréal region, including French, English, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Greek, Chinese, German, Portuguese, Creole and Vietnamese.

Both Mount Royal Park and New York’s Central Park were designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted

Montreal has the highest number of restaurants per capita in Canada and the second highest in North America after New York City.

Montreal is actually an island – about 5 times larger than Manhattan!

No building in Montreal can be taller than the cross on the Mount Royal Mountain.

Montreal is home to the world famous Cirque du Soleil.

Montreal was home to the 1976 Summer Olympics. They were the first Olympics ever held in Canada.

There are 11 university level institutions in Montreal including four that are world-class. Students pay some of the cheapest tuition in Canada.

It is home to an “Underground City”, a climate-controlled labyrinth of 2000 shops, spread over an area of 33 km.

Montreal was built around a mountain – Mount Royal – which the city was named after. Mount Royal Park is located on the mountain and was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the same person that designed New York City’s Central Park.

Montreal’s flag has five symbols on it. The first is the cross which represents the Christian principles on which the city was founded. The other four represent the largest nationalities of the first settlers: the fleur-de-lis for the French, the Lancastrian rose for the English, the shamrock for the Irish, and the thistle for the Scottish.

John Lennon’s song – Give peace a chance – was written in Montreal during a Bed-in at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel on June 1, 1969.

It’s not too French, not too small, not too cold

Second to NYC, we have the most restaurants per capita

Second to Vegas, we host the most bachelor parties

Second to Portland, we have the most microbreweries

Second to Silicon Valley, we have the most video game companies

Montreal is a Sin City

The legal drinking age in Quebec is 18 – the youngest in North America

Montreal offers river surfing

Google, Amazon and Warner Brothers are among the many companies who have opened offices in Montreal

Montreal is the birthplace of the Cirque du Soleil

Montreal is the founder of the Bixi Bike system

Montreal hosts over100,000 international students a year

Any new construction in Montreal must spend 1% of their budget on local art

Montreal’s Grand Prix celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017

Everything that was dug up to make the underground city was used to make a man-made island

Montreal has several beaches and a beach club 20 minutes away from the city centre

Montreal has a Gay Village and is a gay friendly city

Montreal has 4 beautiful seasons

Montreal is Justin Trudeau’s hometown

Many Hollywood movies are filmed in Montreal such as X-Men, 300, Catch Me if You Can, Get Smart, The Smurfs and so many more!

Hockey is a religion

Montreal is the home of the most delicious bagels in the world

Celebrities love Montreal

Montreal has the highest number of university students per capita among all metropolitan areas in North America

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