Offering a unique lifestyle to the thousands of citizens who live, work or play in the area, Downtown Montreal stands out by its vibrancy, joy of living and its proximity to Parc du Mont-Royal, a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.
Many of the city’s most prestigious residential buildings are located in the downtown core, particularly in the Golden Square Mile, and were either built during the last century (The Linton, The Port Royal, Le Château, the Acadia), or in more recent years (The Sir Robert Peel, The Sir George Simpson, The Beaux-Arts, Le Roc Fleuri, The 1200 Ouest). New buildings will be added in the coming months and years, further proof of the continued demand for downtown living. The Ritz-Carlton Montreal, comprised of a five star hotel, luxury condominiums, Maison Boulud restaurant and the first Tiffany & Co. store in Quebec is a symbol of Downtown Montreal’s renewal. Rue de la Montagne is considered the foremost destination for luxury shopping in Montreal, with prestigious names such as Holt Renfrew, Louis Vuitton, Ogilvy, Anthropologie and Château d'Ivoire.
The area is best known as the center of cultural life in Montreal, with such institutions as the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, McGill University, Montreal Symphony Address, Place des Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art, Concordia University. During the Montreal Grand Prix, held in June, the city welcomes international tourists who flock to the city to enjoy the festivities surrounding the event, unique in North America. Then, during the months of June, July and August, he Franco-Folies, the International Jazz Festival and Just for Laughs Festival attract thousands of participants from around the world due to their international reputation.