Montréal’s renowned duality of Old World charm infused with North American energy lies at its very heart; however, it is the plurality of cultures that really makes this metropolis tick. Montréal is as romantically traditional as it is cutting-edge innovative, as cosmopolitan dynamic as it is small-town friendly. Yet despite this diversity, an underlying homogeneity exists in this vibrant population who collectively and confidently “live and let live”—and do it well. French explorer Jacques Cartier got the ball rolling when he dropped anchor here in 1535. Since then, droves of visitors have experienced what he recognized centuries ago: Montréal is a jewel of a destination!