Surrounded by water and brightened by 650 parks and green spaces, Montréal's island city is many cities in one. The second largest French-speaking city in the world, a holiday to Montréal offers a great combination of old world charm and big city excitement. Founded by French explorers more than 350 years ago, the "Paris of North America" is among the oldest cities on the continent, its history a rich backdrop to its vibrant multicultural life.
In 2007, Forbes Magazine ranked Montreal as the 10th cleanest city in the world and in 2008 the London-based Monocle Magazine ranked Montreal 16th in a list of the world's 25 most liveable cities.
Being at the confluence of both French and the English traditions, Montreal has developed a unique and distinguished cultural face. Montreal is Canada's centre for French language television productions, radio, theatre, film, multimedia and print publishing. As a North American city, Montreal shares many cultural characteristics with the rest of the continent. It has a tradition of popular jazz and rock music and has produced much talent in the fields of visual arts, theater, music, and dance.
Another distinctive characteristic of Montreal cultural life is to be found in the animation of its downtown, particularly during summer, when Montreal flourishes enlivened by festivals, street fairs and innumerable terrace cafés.
The city's largest festival is the Just for Laughs comedy festival, which is the largest in the world of its kind. Other popular festivals include the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Francofolies and the Montreal Fireworks Festival.
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