Anthony Bourdain may have said it best, "This is a great country because of this city. Without Montreal, Canada would be hopeless." So what is it about Montreal that's so special and unique?\nHere are 12 things we do differently in Montreal compared to almost every other city.\nEditor's Choice: Here's How You Can Still Get Your Favourite Sugar Shack Food In Quebec This Year\n\n\n\nWe have a metro, not a subway \n View this post on Instagram A post shared by STM Mouvement collectif (@stminfo)\nWe're the only Canadian city to call our rapid transit system the metro, rather than the subway or something else.\nBut that's not the only thing that makes our metro unique. \nIt was the first subway-type system in North America — and possibly the world — to run on rubber tires rather than steel wheels.\nAccording to the CBC Archives, this makes for a quieter, faster ride that can handle slopes better than conventional systems.\nThe Montreal metro is also known for its architecture — different for every station — and art.\nIn fact, art accounted for one percent of the overall budget during construction, inspiring the metro in Washington, DC. \n\n\n\nWe're the biggest city in the only Canadian province with French as its sole official language\n View this post on Instagram A post shared by ZLH Français (@zlhfrancais)\nAs much as people love to hate on the "Bonjour-Hi" debacle, it also contributes to the unique tapestry that makes up Montreal culture.\nIt's pretty special that our city is so bilingual that each interaction can be in either English or French — and is a nod to the interwoven English and French colonial history that makes us who we are today. \n\nOur dominant style of housing is duplexes and triplexes \n View this post on Instagram A post shared by Guiker (@guikerhomes)\nUnlike other Canadian cities, which are dominated by single-family homes and high-rises, Montreal is a city of plexes — duplexes, triplexes, rowhouses and other low-rise multi-unit buildings.\nAccording to Professor David Hanna of UQAM, the plex is a result of a 19th century "marriage of convenience" between French and Scottish traditions, with Scottish immigrants bringing the idea of "stacking one flat on top of another."\n\nAnd then there are those 'twisty deathtrap' outdoor iron staircases\n View this post on Instagram A post shared by Daily Montreal (@dailymontreal)\nThe reason for those "twisty deathtrap" outdoor iron staircases, as Treehugger so eloquently put it, could be attributed to space-saving, building codes, French-Canadian settlers from the countryside or even an anti-adultery measure. \nOne thing's for sure, they are now an iconic aspect of Montreal architecture. \n\nWe measure our apartment sizes differently\n\n \n \n \n \n \n Marc Bruxelle | Dreamstime\n \n \n \nAs of 2017, 63% of Montrealers rented rather than owned their homes.\nBut renting a Montreal apartment can be a super confusing process for someone moving from out-of-town. They're like, "What the heck is a one-and-a-half?"\nOther Canadian cities outside of Quebec break down their apartments by studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom etc. \nSo it's kind of like we have our own secret code. \n\nWe go to CEGEP \n View this post on Instagram A post shared by Dawson College (@dawsoncollege)\nOnly Quebecers know the joys and the struggles of attending a whole other educational institution between high school and university. \nPeople from outside Quebec are also super confused when you tell them you started high school in grade seven and finished in grade eleven. \n\nWe feed our squirrels way too much\n\n \n \n \n \n \n nana_wn72 | Instagram\n \n \n \nIn case you haven't noticed, Montreal squirrels are not normal.\nThey are overfed, chunky as heck, too friendly and too confident. As a result, they're also quite destructive and are hazardous to properties and electrical wires. \nAs CBC put it, "Who runs the world [in Montreal]? Squirrels."\nDo not feed nor trust the squirrels! \n\nWe have one of the highest rates of restaurants per capita in all of North America\n View this post on Instagram A post shared by Schwartz's (@schwartzsofficial)\nWhile the city with the most restaurants per capita in North America is up for debate, some sources claim it's Montreal.\nAnd even if Montreal isn't number one, it's certainly up there. \n\nWe pronounce the letter 'A' differently\n\nTalk to people from other parts of Canada, and you'll find out anglo Montrealers have an accent. \nWe favour the 'soft a' over the 'hard a.' So when we say "Barry" or "camp," it doesn't sound like "Berry," "cemp." That's not true of our neighbours in Ontario. \n\nWe DGAF about snow\n View this post on Instagram A post shared by CYRIELLE 👩🏻🍔🇨🇦 (@cyrielle_bocquet)\nSnow does not impede our lives. Yes, this is true in other parts of Canada. But there's something about Montrealers' ability to go about our day-to-day routines as normal, without doing anything different to alleviate the huge mounds of snow and ice that have overtaken our paths.\nShovel? Why shovel when you can just drive right over it? \n\nWe're sex-positive \n View this post on Instagram A post shared by Café Cléopâtre (@cafecleo)\nThis is evidenced by the strip clubs, burlesque theatres and erotic cinemas that are part of the city's fabric.\nThere are not many other cities that would give the Café Cléopâtre sign special protection, as a piece of our landscape heritage. \n\nWe have our own driving rules\n\n \n \n \n \n \n Meunierd | Dreamstime\n \n \n \nMontrealers know the feeling of excitement that driving off the Island brings, so we can start turning on red lights.\nAccording to the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec, you can turn right on a red light anywhere in North America except Montreal and New York City. \nBut, in general, Montrealers make their own rules when driving. Perhaps we've become so desensitized to detours and orange cones that it's our only option.