Montreal Skyline

This is a time-old question that a lot of foreigners ask Montrealers and we’d figure it’s time to address it. Montreal is a notoriously bilingual city but the majority of signs, directions, and ads for example are all in French. However, this shouldn’t be a deal-breaker as there are many ways to get around the language barrier if you don’t speak French.

About 65% of Montreal’s population speaks only French but it’s important to note that 60% of Montrealers are bilingual which makes things a lot easier for English-only speakers. As previously mentioned, Montreal is bilingual which means that you will usually be able to get an English version of anything you’re asking for be it at a restaurant or store for example. Having said that, if you’re visiting it wouldn’t hurt if you learned some basic french or just a few words just to make things easier if you had to talk to people.

Montrealers are, for the most part, very friendly people. If people see you are struggling when you’re trying to talk to them they will also try their best to accommodate you in your own language. Montreal being as multicultural as it is, you may even come across people who speak your native language which is always an amazing experience.

Whatever the case may be, the answer is YES, you can absolutely visit Montreal without knowing any French. You will be able to fully enjoy any amenities and activities Montreal may offer!

World Trade Center Montreal

Montreal World Trade Center also known as Centre de Commerce mondial de Montréal), is a mix of both offices and a hotel located in the Old Port of Montreal, an area called the international quarter.

The place itself is beautiful, and I always tend to bring my friends who are visiting for a walk and a look around.

What makes this place special?

  1. History,  the place was built in the early 90s, yet the items on display inside go way back.

There is a piece of the Berlin wall on display, which I find a beautiful reminder, especially for our younger generation.

Montreal Berlin Wall in world trade center

There is also a fountain by French architect and sculptor Dieudonné-Barthélemy Guibal.

2. The architecture of the building

The whole area looks like two buildings have been put together, in the most intelligent and artistic way possible.

The ceiling is a transparent glass ceiling.

There is a mesh of stairways along the way that adds this modern effect, while keeping it simple.

3. The open space

In the open space through the building, there is a reflecting pool, coffee shops, boutiques and other services.

Here is how it looks:

World Trade Center Montreal World Trade Center Montreal

This is some panoramic footage taken June 2017.

If you are interested in discovering more history around Montreal. You might want to check the historic Fort de Chambly.