March 4, 2014 — Here are some tips and fun facts to make your stay in Montréal even more enjoyable. So give it a go, and let the following guide lead you linguistically and culturally through a wondrous travel experience à la Montréal!
French Canadians are renowned for their warmth and hospitality. You'll be surprised how quickly you catch on to the customary two kisses, one on each cheek. These “bisous” are a common greeting, an expression of endearment among friends (and really a more hygienic salutation than shaking someone’s who-knows-where-they-have-been hands). Kiss kiss away!
St-Laurent Boulevard or "The Main" once separated the city's francophone community (east) from the anglophone and immigrant community (west). Today the historical thoroughfare is a great reflection of Montréal's multicultural character, and it remains one of our favourite places to gather, eat and, shop.
Production of major films
Old Montréal's cobblestone streets, historic squares, and buildings have made it a popular location for the production of major films, such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, X-men: Days of future past, 300 and Life of Pi.
An entrée here is actually an appetizer on a menu, and an entrance in a building. As a trick, think of an entrée as an entrance to a delicious Montréal meal!
What some call "pastrami," we call "smoked meat". (By the way, our smoked meat sandwiches are to die for!).
Taking the world by storm is none other than beloved Québécois comfort food, "poutine" (French fries with cheese curds topped with gravy), with variations popping up across town, as well as all over North America and Europe.
Many international celebrities call Montréal home: Céline Dion, Arcade Fire, Leonard Cohen, Grimes, William Shatner, Jason Reitman, Georges St-Pierre, Oliver Jones, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Geneviève Bujold, Jean-Marc Vallée, Caroline Dhavernas, Yann Martel, and Nikki Yanofsky, to name a few.
Bixi, a portmanteau word composed of the words bicycle and taxi, is a not-for-profit public bicycle sharing system developed in Montréal. Bixi systems are now found in New York City, Boston, Minneapolis, Ottawa, Toronto, London, and Melbourne.
Montréal ranks second to Halifax for the number of Titanic victims buried in its cemeteries (12 in all).
The legal drinking in Montréal is 18. Bars and restaurants can serve beer and alcohol from 11 a.m. to 3 in the morning.
With all this in mind, you’ll be a local in no time. And when you get back home, you might be tempted to greet your friends and family with a loving kiss on each cheek, just like we do here!