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Montreal, QC City Review

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An AreaVibes.ca contributor
September 17, 2010

I visited Montreal and instantly fell in love with its charm, culture and languages. With all the feel of an European city, Montreal exudes old world elegance. The old and the new architecture manages to blend in and somehow complement one another effortlessly. I loved the shopping and restaurants most of all. I spent 10 glorious days exploring the Montreal's amazing markets. The best market of them all was the Jean-Talon Market. This outdoor market has everything you could possibly think of in culinary delights. Food stalls line the corridors of this market with a great range of food selection to choose from. Located near the Jean-Talon Metro Station, made getting around before, during and after my day excursion enjoyable. My most favorite market of all was the La Fromagerie Hamel. If you love cheese then you are going to think that you died and gone to heaven after a stroll through this cheesemonger. There were no less than 400 types of cheese are on offer.

The splendor of the city of Montreal is that it blends the best of all worlds into one metropolitan haven. The historical buildings are stunning. They provide an eye catching concrete landscape that is visually appeasing. Traveling to Montreal is like taking a step back in time when all was glorious and surreal. Experience the best restaurants, nightlife, markets and main attractions of Montreal with the aid of a tour guide or venture out on your own. Either way, there was so much to see that I have planned another trip back to this amazing city for the spring. Desperate to take in more and more of the great city of Montreal, I took day trip to the Metropolis. It is here that the finest musicians and artist performance their magic live before a 2,000 plus strong audience. If you are a fan of caberet then The Savoy is the perfect place to take in the excitment of a live performance. The lounge glitters with vast crystal chandeliers and a warm atmosphere.

I can not remember when I last had so much fun. The city nightlight is alive and the vitality of Montreal is everywhere. Especially, if you have never been before. The winters in Montreal, I think would be the only thing about Montreal that would raise an eyebrow. Windchill factor can get below zero at times making it very cold indeed. Montreal is a wealth of cultural expression, museums and old buildings. My favorite old buildings were in fact the city's most historical buildings. The buildings I encountered along cobblestone streets in the Old Montreal section of the city were breathtaking. The language and diverse culture was a bit of a challenge but luckily I spoke a little French after years of studying in France. Don't despair if you do not speak French as English is also spoken so there is bound to be a friendly smile and English speaker to assist you inevitably.

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Montreal Demographics

Montreal Population
MetricMontrealQuebec
Population 20063,635,0007,886,000
Population density8475
Land area (square km)4,0471,357,743
Median age of the population37.938.8
Population 15 years and over81.9%82.2%
Population change (2001 to 2006)6.0%8.9%
Montreal Marital Status
MetricMontrealQuebec
Single41%41%
Married40%40%
Widowed6%7%
Divorced/Separated13%12%
Montreal Languages & Place of Residence
MetricMontrealQuebec
English only12%8%
French only67%81%
Both English and French1%1%
Canadian-born population82%85%
Foreign-born population17%15%
Non-permanent residents1%1%
Montreal Education
MetricMontrealQuebec
Population 15 years and over in school full time12%12%
Age group 15-19 attending full time6%6%
Age group 20-24 attending full time4%3%
Population 15 years and over in school part time5%4%
Age group 15-19 attending part time1%1%
Age group 20-24 attending part time1%1%
Montreal Earnings & Household Income
MetricMontrealQuebec
Average earnings, all persons (2010 est.)$42,350$39,670
Average earnings, worked full time (2010 est.)$56,419$52,943
Average household income (2010 est.)$75,809$71,123
Montreal Transportation
MetricMontrealQuebec
Car, truck, van, as driver66%73%
Car, truck, van, as passenger5%5%
Public transit22%13%
Walked or bicycled7%8%
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