This island city has been coveted territory for over 300 years. War and sieges dominated Montreal’s early history as British forces strove to wrest it from French control. Today’s invaders are not French, British, or American generals but rather visitors eager to experience a diverse, cosmopolitan city, and perhaps to brush up on their français québécois. Only an hour from the US border, Montréal is the second-largest French-speaking city in the world. Fashion that rivals Paris, a nightlife comparable to London, and international cuisine all attest to the city’s prominent European legacy. With its global flavor and large student population, it is hard not to be swept up by the energy coursing through the centre-ville.