Montreal is the most populous municipality in the province of Quebec and the second-most populous in Canada. Originally called Ville-Marie, or "City of Mary," and is built around Mont Royal, from where the city received its name. Montreal is the second largest French speaking city in the world, after Paris. It has a distinct four-season continental climate with warm to hot summers and cold snowy winters.
Montreal is North America's main host city for international events. Montreal is home to the renowned Cirque de Soleil and facilitated the Summer Olympics in 1976. Montreal additionally played host to Expo 67, thought to be the best world's fair in the twentieth Century. Montreal hosts more than 18,000 foreign students from more than 150 countries every year. In 2013 it was ranked the number 1 destination for tertiary studies. There are 11 university level institutions in Montreal, including the 4 world-class universities: McGill University, Concordia University, University of Montreal and UQAM. Montreal has the cheapest Tuition in Canada.
Montreal has an extremely lively scene with the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Just For Laughs Festival, the International Fireworks Festival, Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, the Montreal Beer Festival, the Montreal Reggae Festival, the International Film Festival on Art, International Festival of Circus Arts, Divers/Cité Gay and Lesbian Pride, Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, the Montreal Grand Prix and much more.