Montréal is an amazing cosmopolitan city where two thirds of the people speak French. This Canadian city has remained predominantly French and is the second largest metropolitan area in Canada. It is also one of the world's largest inland seaports in the commercial hub of Canada. It is a leading financial and manufacturing center and one of Canada's oldest cities. Two thirds of Montréal's inhabitants are French. They ordinarily speak French and most speak English also. British dissent constitutes 1/5 of the population. The rest of the population is Italian, Scandinavian, Polish, Greek, Ukrainian, German, Chinese and West Indian. Montréal has the largest Jewish population in the country and a Chinese community of more than 20,000.
The old charm of the city attracts tourists all year long, especially on holidays. There are fine restaurants, hotels, department stores and shops, amusement parks, concert halls museums and art galleries. The bookstores specialize in many languages. The Place Des Arts is a theater and recital hall. The city is known for its Conservatory of music in the Museum of Fine arts.
Hockey and baseball also draw tourists along with golf courses and other sport facilities. In winter skiing attracts many to the slopes of Mount Royal. The summer Olympic Games in 1976 were held in Montréal and a sports stadium and swimming pool complex rebelled. The city's renowned ice hockey team was founded in 1909 and the Montreal Expos became the first major league baseball team and a Canadian city.
The Montréal Tower is the largest undertaking at the Olympic Park project. It is successful due the genius of the French architect Roger Talibert.
The architectural stadium and tower won acclaim in May 1988.
The McCord National Museum has over 950,000 objects images and manuscripts all that reflect the history and culture of Montréal, Québec and Canada. You will find Canadian arts and crafts, fine China, rustic pottery, beautiful jewelry, posters, exhibition catalogs, greeting cards etc. Most of these objects cover the period from 1800 to 1945, which includes Victorian Montréal's role into Canada's metropolis and the development of the urban culture and the transformation of family and social values. The collection also spreads beyond these years, which enables the museum to provide insight into all the important stages in Canada's history. All of these interesting artifacts represent the lives and dreams of the men and women that make Canada and Montréal what it is today.