Ville-Marie, the heartbeat of Montréal

With a rich history dating back to 1642, Ville-Marie remains one of the most relevant and dynamic boroughs in Montréal today. Its nine neighbourhoods are bursting with culture, history, shops, modern buildings and green spaces—the perfect blend of old and new.

Montréal's underground city
Thanks to the world-famous underground city, you can hop on the subway, commute to work and shop till you drop ... all without stepping foot outside! Montréal’s underground network is made up of 30 km of tunnels, connecting commercial and residential complexes, several downtown office spaces, subway stations and suburban trains. 

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Get your culture fix
It hosts countless festivals attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors—from the Montréal International Jazz Festival to Francofolies and the Festival International Nuits d'Afrique.

The Belgo building houses a host of high-end galleries just steps from the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC Montréal). The neighbourhood is home to the Maison Symphonique, an acoustic masterpiece that serves as a concert hall for the Montréal Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal.
Your own personal playground 
The area’s impressive landscape includes the St. Lawrence River, Old Montréal, the Quartier des Spectacles, the Latin Quarter, Chinatown, the Quartier du Musée (Montréal’s museum district), the Quartier de l'Innovation (the city’s innovation ecosystem), Shaughnessy Village and the Gay Village, all contributing to Montréal’s diverse and eclectic culture. 

La Ronde, an amusement park built in 1967 on Île Sainte-Hélène, attracts hordes of thrill seekers every year. 

A little further south, Parc Jean-Drapeau hosts festivals and activities year round.  Located on the islands of Sainte-Hélène and Notre-Dame, it boasts 25 km of bike paths with unbeatable views of the city skyline and the St. Lawrence River. 

Ville-Marie is an action-packed playground for kids and adults alike! 

Rich in history and culture  Ville-Marie brings together some of Montréal’s most historical neighbourhoods. Nestled between Old Montréal and downtown, it’s home to cultural landmarks both old and new, with the traditional Notre-Dame Basilica standing alongside modern skyscrapers. 

Just a short stroll away, you’ll find Griffintown, where old warehouses have been converted into trendy art galleries, boutiques and eateries.
A student destination  Students from around the world live in Ville-Marie as several world-class educational institutions are located in the area. The campuses of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), McGill and Concordia are well established here, welcoming thousands of international students.

Live in the heart of the action In Ville-Marie, you can find housing for every lifestyle, taste and budget, from luxury condos on the Lachine Canal to opulent Victorian houses. The real estate market is accessible, as homes are selling at the Greater Montréal average. The area also has apartments to spare, with the majority of renters paying around $1,000 a month. 
Choosing to settle in Montréal is one of the best moves you could ever make. The only problem is trying to pick a neighbourhood when you’ve got so many possibilities!
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