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We could go on forever, but just to light a spark of inspiration, here are 10 reasons to pack your bags and head to this beautiful island city.

1) They are creative and the city is enlightened.

Enjoy a scenic view of Montreal 365 days per year in our new Ferris wheel in the Old Montreal. You will be able to see the iconic Jacques-Cartier Bridge illuminated by the stunning “Living Connections” project, conceived by Moment Factory. The first connected bridge. Prepare to be amazed!

2) They have four seasons of fun

No matter when you come for a visit, you are sure to fall in love with this quirky, friendly city. Dance the night away at Igloofest, warm up to gourmet discoveries at MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, or get swept away by the music at one of our world-renowned festivals.

3) They are an open, multicultural destination

Wherever you’re from, you’re sure to feel at home in Montréal. Discover the stores and restaurants of Chinatown, explore Italian culture in Little Italy, or taste the world at one of our public markets. If you’re coming in August, celebrate diversity at Fierté Canada Montréal 2017, Canada’s first national LGBTQ Pride. Or just settle in at a local indie café and count how many languages you hear.

4) They have fabulous food

Montréal celebrates gourmet goodness all year round with a mouth-watering line-up of food festivals, original food truck fare and restaurants offering exquisite menus by world-class chefs.

5) They have an eclectic cultural scene

Montréal’s cultural scene runs the gamut from classical music, ballet, opera and block-buster museum exhibitions to indie and electronic music, cutting-edge dance and eclectic theatre in both English and French. 

6) They have amazing street life

Day and night, Montréal is lively, safe and easy to explore. Outdoor shows, street performers, breathtaking murals, historic architecture… Get a little light therapy in the winter with Luminothérapie, take in free shows during the major festivals, or hop on a BIXI bike and pedal (some of) the 700 km (434 miles) of bicycle paths all over the island.

7) They're a budget-friendly destination

Breaking out of your routine doesn’t have to break the bank. Affordable lodging and dining options make Montréal a budget-friendly choice.

8) They’re right next door

Whether by air, train, bus, car or boat, travelling to Montréal is a piece of cake.

9) They’re green

It’s easy to find eco-friendly accommodations options, locally-sourced products in restaurants and stores, and beautiful green spaces to kick back and commune with nature.

10) They’re waiting for you with open arms

Through all their authentic neighbourhoods, Montrealers love to welcome visitors and show off their city. They just love having people over!