Quebec, Canada
  • Montreal Foliage in the Parc du bassin Bonsecours and the dome of the Marche Bonsecours in Montreal. Credit:  AnnaKucsma, [CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons Montreal
    Foliage in the Parc du bassin Bonsecours and the dome of the Marche Bonsecours in Montreal.

Montreal, considered Canada's cultural capital by many, is a hub of innovation and commercial vitality with economic strengths domainated by computer, aerospace, finance, arts, media and biotech industries. 

Said to be the only city in the world where the sun rises in the south because of how its orientation seems to visitors and residents, Montreal is a cosmopolitan mix of fun that offers delights throughout its parks, cafes and neighborhoods.  Outdoor enthusiasts can cross-country ski and skate in winters or kayak or river-surf in summers.  Dog-walkers, bicyclists and gardeners can enjoy a broad array of large parks throughout the city of 1.6 million. 

Great getaway

Because Montreal is the second largest French-speaking city in the world (behind Paris), it offers the feel of Europe to North American visitors who might not want to fly across the Atlantic.  With outstanding festivals, markets and restaurants, Montreal is a great getaway -- or place to retire -- for a quick or long adventure.


  • Hemiboreal and Boreal

Physical Environment

  • City with at least one 50-story building


  • Local professional ballet
  • Major public college in downtown
  • Local professional symphony
  • Local film festival
  • Local community theatre
  • Ethnic restaurants
  • Active club/bar/music scene
  • Fine art museum


  • Leaning liberal


  • $$$$ -- Things cost more than you'd expect


  • Casino gaming within 25 miles
  • Public golf course
  • Professional sports
  • Year-round fitness swimming center
  • Biking, hiking, running trails
  • Downtown yoga studio
  • Snow skiing within 50 miles


  • Safe bike corridors
  • Public squares
  • Mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhoods
  • International airport
  • Lots of downtown living space
  • Vibrant public transportation system
  • Working farms within 25 miles


  • University teaching hospital
  • Public-assisted (govt.) health insurance
  • Community swimming pool
  • Emergency medical services within 25 miles