->''Montréal Montréal, donnes-y la claque!\\
If you're driving in Quebec - you're driving on crack.''
-->--''Bowser and Blue'' on the city's notoriously poor road conditions.

Montreal is Canada's second-largest city. It is also the second-largest French-speaking city in the world (after, of course, UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}).[[note]]A few argue that [[UsefulNotes/DemocraticRepublicOfTheCongo Kinshasa]] and [[UsefulNotes/IvoryCoast Abidjan]] come between Paris and Montreal, but those cities being in Africa, the locals only speak French as a language of administration, education, and sometimes trade, with the language of home and much if not most business being local; in Montreal, French is unquestionably dominant, although English has a secondary role in government, business, and education.[[/note]] Its most famous structure, the Olympic Stadium, was home to the Expos baseball team until they became the Washington Nationals. The Bell Centre (formerly the Molson Centre) is the home of the Montreal Canadiens (who previously called the storied Montreal Forum home), the oldest hockey team in the NHL and the team that has won the most Stanley Cups (24 in all, one of which predates the NHL -- though they haven't been doing so well in the last two decades). While not as big a filming centre as UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}}, quite a few movies are still filmed in Montreal. Its wide range of architecture allows the city to act as a cheap stand-in for many European cities. Montreal is also the home of a few VideoGame design studios: Creator/{{Ubisoft}} Montreal (''Franchise/PrinceOfPersia'' series and ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed''); Creator/ElectronicArts Montreal (''VideoGame/ArmyOfTwo''); [[Creator/SquareEnix Eidos Montreal]] (''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'') and the late Creator/{{THQ}} Montreal. The annual Just for Laughs Comedy Festival is the largest comedy festival in the world.

The city is located on an island in the Saint Lawrence River in the southwestern corner of the province, home to nearly 2 million people, with another 2 million living in the surrounding greater Montreal area on the mainland and the neighboring island of Laval. The island is connected to the mainland by a network of bridges, many of which, most notably the high-traffic Champlain Bridge, suffer from the city's notoriously poor road and infrastructure conditions, a target of a major corruption inquiry in recent years. Potholes are practically a feature rather than a bug on many of the roads, especially in the springtime.

Montreal is not an unequivocally French city despite the province's strong laws protecting its French heritage (which most obviously manifests itself in the rules regarding public signage in which the French words must be printed in bigger letters and more prominently than the English translation--sometimes people like to give an extra twist of the knife by printing the English in harder to read grayscale italics). Especially in the downtown area around Ste. Catherine Street even more so when approaching the largely English suburb of Westmount, quite a few of its inhabitants are native English-speakers (often [[UsefulNotes/{{Judaism}} Jewish]]), who often adopt a culture closer to American/English Canadian culture than their French compatriots. There are several enclaves of English speakers within the city: the predominantly Hasidic neighbourhood Outremont, the largely Jamaican and Iranian Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG), Westmount, and parts of St. Henri. The city also plays host to two predominantly English universities ([=McGill=] and Concordia) as well as two French ones (Université de Montreal and UQAM). On top of all this, the city attracts quite a few immigrants; overall, it's a cultural mosaic similar to other major North American cities.

Tourists are advised to stay in the downtown area, cars and all; there's bars and restaurants everywhere and a strip club every other block on St. Catherine's (we're quite serious: St. Catherine's goes bar, restaurant, bar, strip club, interesting shops (''that'' kind and not), museum, bar, strip club, etc.). The popular definition of "downtown" is from St Denis to Atwater, along St Catherine's up to Sherbrooke. Also, the Montreal {{Gayborhood}} is centered on St. Catherine's just east of Downtown. Generally a good deal. Also, whatever you do, do ''not'' wear a Boston Bruins shirt. [[BerserkButton It will end very badly]]; "LES TABARNAK DE BRUINS!" is practically the city's motto. Other popular neighbourhoods for tourists include Old Montreal, south of St Catherine's by the river and full of churches, old buildings, and other eyecatching landmarks; the Mile End, made famous by being the stomping ground of Leonard Cohen and home to St. Viateur's famous bagels (get 'em while they're hot- if you order anything other then a sesame seed one it'll be cold); and occasionally the Plateau, home to the oft-maligned "McGill Ghetto" as well as most of the more famous landmarks on St Laurent, for instance Schwartz' Deli.

One unique aspect of the local media market is that, while most other large Canadian cities receive the major US broadcast {{networks}} through affiliates based in cities at least as large as they are (much of southern Ontario gets the [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkState Buffalo]] or UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} stations, Vancouver gets the UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} ones, etc.), the closest American cities to Montreal are [[HollywoodNewEngland Burlington, Vermont]] and [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkState Plattsburgh, New York]], whose combined metropolitan areas (city and suburbs together) are less than ''one-twelfth'' the population of the Montreal area. Consequently, stations in this media market both have the largest city in their broadcast areas in another country. It leads to the strange situation where American TV stations carry large amounts of advertising for foreign businesses -- a good percentage of English-language advertising for Montreal businesses aimed at Montrealers is carried on Burlington and Plattsburgh stations, and ads in French are not unheard of (although satellite services' carrying the main East Coast feeds out of UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity has put a dent in this in recent years).

Close proximity to Quebec has another interesting effect on Vermont and far northern New York. As they sit right next to a French-speaking area that has far more people than they do (and which sends a lot of tourists their way[[note]]There are also quite a bit of Americans going up to Quebec, as the legal drinking age there is 18[[/note]]), it is one of the few regions of the country where French, not Spanish, is the default second language. Road signage on parts of the Adirondack Northway is in English and French while I-89 in Vermont has signs with distances in kilometers, the tourist guides at Fort Ticonderoga (or Fort Carillon, the French name for it) are printed in both languages, and it's not uncommon to hear people on the street speaking in French.

Montreal is known for its epic music scene. Having been hailed as the most creative city in North America in the early 2000s, it has produced such bands as Music/ArcadeFire, Malajube, Young Galaxy (recent Polaris prize shortlisters), Stars, Coeur de Pirate, Wolf Parade, The Stills, Grimes, Ought, and The Dears. As well it is home to music royalty Music/LeonardCohen and Music/RufusWainwright, among others. The yearly Montreal Jazz Festival is a huge event that draws in dozens of the biggest names in the genre. [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Surprisingly, there is also a very big]] TechnicalDeathMetal following; numerous big names in the genre (Music/{{Cryptopsy}}, Music/{{Neuraxis}}, Martyr, Augury, Beyond Creation, Quo Vadis, etc.) hail from either the city proper or surrounding locales, and touring acts in the genre are likely to experience sold-out crowds at Les Foufounes Electriques, the city's longstanding go-to venue for underground touring acts.

[[GratuitousIambicPentameter Did, we, MENtion, that it's]] [[DramaticPause .....]] [[LargeHam ALso]], Creator/WilliamShatner's, [[LargeHam BIRTHPLACE]]?[[note]]Shatner is an Anglophone Conservative-Jewish Montrealer of Hungarian descent.[[/note]]

!!Works set in Montreal
!!! Film and TV
* ''18 to Life''
* ''Film/TheJackal'' (which both had scenes set in Montreal, and also used Montreal locations for scenes set elsewhere, e.g. the Montreal metro filling in for the Washington DC one)
* ''Series/LaPetiteVie''
* ''Film/TheWholeNineYards''
* ''Film/TheScore''
* ''Film/JesusOfMontreal''
* ''Film/TakingLives'' (which they clearly showed with the establishing shots of the Château Frontenac, [[ArtisticLicenseGeography the most famous landmark in Quebec City]])
* ''Film/{{Blades of Glory}}''
* ''Film/BonCopBadCop''
* ''Le Declin de l'Empire Américain'' (''The Decline of the American Empire'') and its sequel ''Les Invasions Barbares'' (''Film/TheBarbarianInvasions'', winner of an Oscar for Best Foreign Picture). ''L'Age Des Ténèbres'' (''The Age of Ignorance'', by the same director) also took place in Montreal.
* ''J'ai Tué Ma Mère (I Killed My Mother)''
* ''Film/TheFly1958'' and its sequel, ''Film/ReturnOfTheFly''
* ''Film/JacobTwoTwo'' (the 2000's animated series)
* ''Film/TheRedViolin''
* ''Series/LaPetiteVie''
* ''Series/UnGarsUneFille''

!!! Other
* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' (and its spin-off ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'')

!!Movies and TV Series filmed in Montreal
* ''Confessions of a Dangerous Mind''
* ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow''
* ''Series/GetSmart''
* ''Film/TheMummyTombOfTheDragonEmperor''
* ''Series/BigWolfOnCampus''
* ''Series/TheDeadZone''
* ''Film/JohnnyMnemonic''
* ''Film/ThreeHundred''
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfPlutoNash''
* ''Film/AloneInTheDark2005''
* ''Film/TheArtOfWar''
* ''Film/BladesOfGlory''
* ''Death Race 3000''
* ''Film/HighlanderIIITheSorcerer''
* ''Film/JohnQ''
* ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum: Battle of the Smithsonian''
* ''Film/{{Screamers}}''
* ''Film/TheSpiderwickChronicles''
* ''Film/TheTerminal'' (exterior shots; interior shots were filmed on a purpose-built set in L.A.)
* ''Film/TwelveMonkeys''
* ''Film/BattlefieldEarth''
* ''Series/BeingHumanUS'', doubling for UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}
* ''Film/WarmBodies''
* ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', doubling for UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}, and sections of the Pentagon scene are from the Arts Building at [=McGill=] University.
* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': The East Berlin fight club venue is the Corona Theatre in Old Montreal.