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9 awesome not well known facts about Montreal!

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9 awesome not well known facts about Montreal!
Montreal en Lumière celebrated its 15th anniversary this year and really outdid itself over these past few weeks. The festival, which is a Rendez-Vous Loto-Québec, featured the best of Montreal’s cultural scene, indoors and out. So in honour of this awesome event we decided to put together a list of cool facts you might not have known about the city. Here goes:

9) Montreal hosted the 1976 Summer Olympics
Take that, Vancouver! Montreal was the first city in Canada to welcome the Games and, as usual, countless visitors toured the Olympic stadium this year and made sure to take in all the art installations surrounding the Olympic park during MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE last weekend!

8) Montreal is home to more than 500km of bike paths
i.e. If you love being outdoors, Montreal is the place for you. There’s nothing like taking a beautiful walk along one of these paths in the Old Port during NUIT BLANCHE and that’s exactly what many participants did, despite the cold temperatures.

7) Montreal has quite the eclectic flag
Five different symbols adorn the city's flag. The cross represents Christian principles while the fleur-de-lis represents the French, the shamrock the Irish, the thistle the Scottish and the Lancastrian rose the English.

6) Montreal is a UNESCO city of design
And it’s in good company! Shanghai, Seoul, Berlin, Buenos Aires and more are also part of this exclusive club.

5) No building in Montreal can be taller than the cross on the Mount Royal mountain
We made sure to mark this as one of the stops on our NUIT BLANCHE ‘To Do’ list and got to see the cross beautifully illuminated at night-time - stunning.

4) The Underground City runs for over 32 kms
This is especially handy in winter when you want to leave your house without actually having to brace the elements. Or when you want to experience the sounds and sights of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE art souterrain, without bundling up. Our favourite was La Camaraderie by Albane Guy and Alexandre Renzo, which invited visitors to write their alter egos on tags and attach them to the installation.

3) Montreal has the second highest number of restaurants per capita in North America.
Top honors go to New York City, but with its smoked meat and poutine, Montreal has the food game on lock. Oh and the delicious treats being handed out at Place de Arts throughout MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE were delish!

2) Montreal is the second largest French-speaking city in the world.
The first is Paris. Bonjour!

1) John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance” was written in Montreal
It was during a bed-in with Yoko Ono at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel on June 1, 1969 that Lennon wrote his classic tune.
MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE a Rendez-vous Loto-Québec.