10 things you don’t know about Montreal
1. Montreal has the highest amount of restaurants per capita in all of Canada, 2nd in North America after New York City.
2. No building in Montreal is allowed to be taller than the cross you see illuminated on the top of Mont Royal.
3. The Underground City – a series of interconnected tunnels beneath Montreal runs for over 32 km.. It connects shopping malls, museums, universities, hotels, banks, offices and seven metro stations.
4. John Lennon and Yoko Ono recorded “Give Peace a Chance” at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal in 1969 during a week long bed-in.
5. Montreal has a flag with five symbols. The cross represents Christian principles. The fleur-de-lis is for the French, the shamrock for the Irish, the thistle for the Scottish and the Lancastrian rose for the English.
6. Mount Royal Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park in New York City.
7. Montreal hosted the 1976 Summer Olympics. Today, the Olympic Park is a popular tourist attraction with a bio dome that re-creates a variety of climate zones and animal habitats.
8. The city is named after Mount Royal, the triple-peaked hill in the heart of Montreal that rises to 764 feet above sea level.
9. Cutting straight across the Island of Montreal, Boulevard Saint Laurent is considered to be the dividing line between the city’s French-speaking half on the east, and the English half to the west.
10. Montreal is home to the famous Cirque du Soleil and is a UNESCO city of design.