Moving from Vancouver to Montreal

A view from Mont Royal, overlooking downtown Montreal.

Montreal is known as one of Canada’s most vibrant and unique cities, with its rich culture, delicious food, and colourful neighbourhoods. On two different coasts of the country, living in Vancouver and Montreal are two completely different experiences.

Here is our guide for moving from Vancouver to Montreal, to help you anticipate and get excited for the life that awaits after your move.

What’s Different about Montreal?

While you’ll still be getting that big city experience that you have in Vancouver, life in Montreal is quite different. Here are some of the major differences you’ll notice while you’re settling in Montreal.

  • The French Language. This is probably the most obvious difference between Vancouver and Montreal – they speak French! While Montreal is a bilingual city, the locals speak French more than English and you’d be seen as disrespectful for not speaking the language yourself. Before you make your move, make sure you brush up on your French skills!
  • Higher taxes, but with a lower cost of living. Taxes in Quebec are some of the highest in Canada, which can be shocking for new residents of the province. However, the cost of living in Montreal is far less, meaning that you’ll save money in the long run. Rent, transit passes, groceries and even beer come at a lower cost than you’re used to seeing in Vancouver.
  • Get around on foot (or wheels!). Montreal is one of the most pedestrian-friendly cities in the world. In most neighbourhoods, everything that you could possibly need is within walking distance. However, what Montreal is really known for is its biking culture. If you love to cycle, this is the place for you! Watch out – Montreal cyclists have been known to get aggressive.

Best Areas to Live in Montreal

It can be hard to determine where you want to live in a new city, especially when you don’t know your favourite areas yet. (We definitely recommend taking a weekend trip to Montreal before your move, to scope out potential apartments!) Montreal has a lot of incredible neighbourhoods for you to thrive; here are some of our favourites.

Plateau-Mont-Royal is one of the coolest areas in town, brimming with energy – it’s no wonder that Le Plateau attracts students and artists. The streets are filled with beautiful architecture and the food scene is nothing short of excellent. Outdoorsy folk will love all of the green space and close proximity to Mont-Royal Park.

If you need to be at the centre of it all, there is no better place to live than Ville Marie. Ville Marie is at the heart of Montreal’s downtown and is filled with world-class shopping, skyscrapers, and museums. Sports fans will love how close they are to all the action, as the major stadiums are located in Ville Marie.

If peace and quiet are the most important things to you, consider settling in Outremont. While still central and accessible, Outremont is a little quieter and quainter than Le Plateau or Ville Marie. If you’re relocating to Montreal with your family, Outremont is known for its excellent schools.

Best Things About Living in Montreal

One of the most exciting things about moving to a new city is finding new things to love about it. While there is so much to be said for Montreal, here are the top things we think you’ll love after you move there:

  • Delicious Food. Much like Vancouver, Montreal has a vibrant food scene. Of course, this is Quebec, so you can’t miss out on some classic and delicious French-Canadian cuisine. Make sure to visit the legendary poutine joint, La Banquise.
  • You don’t have to wait for the weekend; there is something to enjoy at night in Montreal any night of the week. From live music to underground clubs, you’re bound for some unforgettable nights on the town.
  • Cultural Experiences. Artists have been drawn to Montreal for decades. You’ll be able to explore world-class theatre, visual art, stand-up comedy, and more in Montreal. Make sure you check out the MAC (Musee d’art Contemporain de Montreal) for amazing contemporary art.
  • The Farmer’s Markets. Grocery stores aren’t the only option for your weekly food shop – Montreal boasts some of the best farmer’s markets that make fresh and local food available all year round. Some of the notable markets to visit are Jean-Talon, Atwater Market, and Marche Maisonneuve.

Vancouver to Montreal Moving Company

Moving to a new city isn’t easy at the best of times – let Trans Canada Movers help you to make it as seamless an experience as possible. For years, we have been providing efficient and professional moving services to Canadians like you, making long-distance moves.

When you book your move with Trans Canada Movers, you can focus on your excitement for your move to Montreal. If you need an extra hand, we also provide storage and packing services. Are you ready to book your move from Vancouver to Montreal? Call us at 1 (888) 433-1335 or contact us here today!

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