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Montreal

Montreal is the largest city in the Canadian province of Quebec and the second-largest city in Canada. It has a population of over 1.6 million spread out over an area of 1,545.3 square kilometres. It has the world's second largest French-speaking city after Paris and has been named a UNESCO City of Design.

Montreal Real Estate

The median listing price for housing in Montreal was C$320,693 as of 2013, down 1.9 per cent from the previous year. Through housing prices are lower than they were in 2012, activity has remained high, with significant activity increases in the months of November and December 2012 in the Greater Montreal area.

Architecture

The architectural inspirations of Montreal draw from both the city's French and British colonizations. It houses prominent Art Deco examples such as Place d'Armes and the University de Montreal's main building. Church architecture is largely influenced by the city's early Catholic background, and skyscrapers promote the city as an international metropolis.

Climate

Montreal has humid summers and snowy, windy winters. It resides on a transitional climate zone between hot-summer and warm-summer humid continental climates. Temperatures average in the low twenties in the summer, and drop to around negative ten in the winter. The more mild spring and autumn seasons experience significant changes in temperature in short periods of time. Edmonton in the summertime can see a fair share of thunderstorms and tropical storms.

Demographics

The population of Montreal is 1,649,519 with a population density of 4,517.6 people per square kilometre. Its largest cluster group contains people of European ethnicity, with a breakdown of 23 per cent French, 10 per cent Italian, 5 per cent Irish, 4 per cent English, 3 per cent Scottish and 2 per cent Spanish. 26 per cent of the total population identifies as a Visible Minority.

Main Attractions

Notable attractions include the Basilique Notre-Dame, known for its Gothic architecture and medieval-inspired interior, and La Citadelle in Quebec City. Parc du Montreal is located on the slopes of Mont-Royal and is covered in mountainous forestland. Visitors often come to see the unfinished Parc Olympique for its unique structure and several exhibitions. The snowy slopes of Les Laurentides are a popular ski destination.

Transportation

Commuter trains and buses serve smaller districts of Montreal by region. There is a city-wide metro that can also carry bicycles during non-peak times. Each of the city's 68 metro stations has been uniquely designed by different architects, turning the public transit scene into another cultural display. Montreal also offers a bike-sharing program called Bixi Bike.

Economy

Home to the Montreal Exchange, the city of Montreal is an important financial, cultural, and international center. It has a wide variety of industries ranging from aerospace, telecommunication, software and electronic production to tobacco, pharmaceuticals, and transportation. It is a hub of film and video game production, with film studios such as Telefilm Canada, Alliance Films, and the National Film Board of Canada. Several Canadian and international organizations, banks, companies are headquartered in Montreal, and the Montreal Oil Refining Center is Canada's largest oil refinery.