1. Peanut butter was invented and patented in Montreal by Marcellus Gilmore Edson in 1884.
2. Founded in 1807, the Royal Montreal Curling Club is the oldest sports club in North America.
3. More than 25% of university degrees awarded in Canada are in Montreal. Montreal has the second highest rate of college students per capita in North America, behind Boston.
4. The St. Joseph’s Oratory is the largest church in Canada.
5. Outside of Quebec, there are several places named Montreal in the world. To name a few: 6 cities in France and a castle built in 1115 in Jordan named Krak de Montreal.
6. Opening its doors on January 1st, 1906, at the corner of St-Catherine and Montcalm, Léo-Ernest Ouimet’s invention the Ouimetoscope was the first official cinema in North America.
7. There were five major riots due to hockey in Montreal: 1955, 1986, 1993, 2008 and 2010…2014?
8. The name of the island of Montreal for Kanienkehaka (Mohawks) is Tiohtiake, or “Island where nations and rivers unite and divide.”
9. The coldest day in Montreal was recorded on January 16th, 1957, with a temperature of -37.8 degrees Celsius. The hottest day was on August 1, 1975, with 37.6 degrees Celsius.
10. The first traffic light was installed in 1927 on St-Antoine (Craig Street at the time), to allow trains out of the Craig Terminus.
11. The voice that makes announcements in the subway is the actress Michèle Deslauriers.
12. Montreal’s melon was so tasty that it was exported to cities like New York, Chicago, and Boston, where customers paid up to $1.50 to enjoy a slice in 1921 (roughly $20 today).
13. The STM is the 3rd busiest metro system in North America, after New York and Mexico City.
14. Opened in 1991, the Chinese Garden at the Botanical Garden is thelargest Chinese garden outside of Asia.
15. According to historians, the first game of football (as we know it today) was played in 1874 in Massachusetts between Harvard University and McGill University.
16. The street with the highest vertical drop is Clarke Avenue in Westmount. It has a difference of 113m between its highest point (158m) and the lowest (45m) above sea level.
17. On October 22nd, 1926, the great illusionist Harry Houdini took a few shots in his abdomen from the McGill student J. Gordon Whitehead just before a show at the Princess Theater. He died a few days later of a ruptured appendix, which, according to myth, was caused by Whitehead’s blows.
18. Le Galopant, Tchou Tchou, Joyeux Moussaillons, La Marche du Mille Pattes (previously Petite Montagne Russe), the Minirail, and La Spirale are the only remaining rides from the 1967 opening of La Ronde.
19. According to the 2011 census, the population of Montreal consists of 913,165 men and 973,315 women. Statistics do not mention the number of undecided.
20. The Habs are the only North American professional sports team with a winning record against every active team they’ve played.