Montreal was the most prominent Canadian city until the early 1970's, but it lost its position to Toronto. Today it is the second largest city of Canada, and the capital of the province of Quebec. It derives from its early days the rich traditions upon which it has built the blooming urban society of today. Museums, monuments, public spaces, and national days, all are based on its colorful past, and all depict the national pride in the rich and vibrant history of one of the earliest cities of the western world.
Today Montreal is ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world, one of the liveliest, and houses the second largest French-speaking population in the world, after Paris itself. Montreal has transformed rapidly, and quite creatively, from a fur trading post in the early 16th century to the city it is today.
Montreal is also home to a large English-speaking population, mostly American, but also of European and Middle Eastern origins. It is always a pleasant surprise to see groups of small local communities when you visit Montreal. People from all around the world have set up businesses here, and the city contains two very distinct neighborhoods definitely worth a visit: Chinatown and Little Italy. A nice and different touch to the very international city.