Cover photo cred - Michael Vesia
Montreal is hella old, combined with a happening modern culture, and you've a city with a very robust history. From way back when to today, a lot of sh*t has gone down in Montreal, so much that I doubt anyone can keep up.
Fortunatley, you don't have to. Tourisme Montreal made it their duty to showcase the many features of Montreal, and compiled a very rich resource of random facts and tidbits of city-info. Rather than read through all the boring factoids/stuff you've already heard, here are 10 Montreal trivia facts you never could have known.
1. Montreal has the largest number of Titanic victims buried in its cemeteries, after Halifax
Their spirits must have given Celine the inspiration for "My Heart Will Go On."
2. Grey stone and red brick are the most common building materials used on Montreal homes
Take a look around and you'll see its true. One of those "don't notice 'til you notice" type things.
3. The coldest day ever recorded in Montreal was on January 15th, 1957, with the all-time low of –37.8ºC
Bitching rights about this winter are officially revoked.
4. Montreal is the fur capital of Canada, as the city produces over 80% of the nation's fur products
The city was originally a very important fur trade centre back in the days of yore. Some things never change.
5. Assasin's Creed, one of the most popular and profitable games ever was made in Montreal
I'm sure the gaming geeks in da house already knew this one.
6. The very first Saint Patrick's Day Parade Montreal ever held was in 1824
Nearly two centuries later, we're still parading and getting schwasted on St. Paddy's.
7. St. Laurent became the dividing line between Montreal's east and west in 1792
Thus embroiling the original east side vs. west side rapper wars of the 1800s. Okay that one was a lie, but just think of early colonists busting rhymes and using gang signs. Too good.
8. The cross on Mount Royal was put in place in 1924, a sign to remember the flood that nearly destroyed the early French colony in 1642
And now scores of drunk people climb the mountain to get to the cross. Probably not what the city originally had in mind.
9. Montreal's highest building is the 1000 De la Gauchetière, at 205 metres high with 51 floors.
Shorter than the mountain, of course.
10. The very first hockey game in the world was played in Montreal on March 3rd, 1875 at Victoria rink.
Unsurprisingly, it ended in a fight.
Do you know any more Montreal trivia facts?
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