The Montreal Biodôme in its modern structure. Notre-Dame Basilica in all of its glorious Gothic Revival style. The cobble-stoned streets of the Old Port of Montreal. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in its architectural eclecticism.

All of these examples serve to demonstrate the fact that Montreal has a lot to offer. What to do on a rainy Sunday? Where can you go to shake up your jogging routine? How can you spice up your daily morning ritual consisting of coffee and bagel by swapping it for omelettes and pancakes? Montreal has the answer.

Montrealers often follow the following motto: “Life is a party”. Walk through the McGill ghetto and you will see students leaning over their balcony rails, glass of wine and cigarette in hand. Saunter through the leafy park of Mont-Royal and watch children play hopscotch and throw bread at ducks. Head to the downtown core on Thursday night and you’ll chance upon businessmen having a drink or two. Actor Robin Williams once said: “Canada is like a loft apartment over a really great party.” Why not extend this concept to Montreal itself?

It is the laid-back attitude coupled with the happy-go-lucky vibe that makes Montreal such a great city. Tourists are often struck by the difference between Montreal and other Canadian cities like Toronto, Saskatoon, Calgary and Vancouver. Whereas Toronto is hailed as the commercial hub of the country, Saskatoon is justifiably called the “City of Bridges”, Calgary is often associated to the Calgary stampede, and Vancouver is honoured for its physical beauty. But what about Montreal?

Its food. (Of course!). Did you know that Montreal has the highest number of restaurants per capita in Canada? Or that it gets second prize when it comes to the most restaurants in North America after New York? That’s something to be proud of. So head out to your local cantine, order a poutine, lift a fork in celebration, and enjoy.