Montreal - Post Report Question and Answers
What are some typical ways to socialize, either with local people or with other expatriates? Are there groups or clubs that you can recommend?
Again, a world class city in this regard, if you want this option. - Aug 2012
I've mentioned this above, but it is just really, really hard to meet people. Rarely will a stranger strike up a conversation, or even acknowledge your existence -- even if you see them literally every day in the same neighborhood. It took probably 18 months for me to develop real friendships with locals. Once I did, they were wonderful, loyal, friendly people, but it was very difficult. - Dec 2009
It is very hard to break into local cliques. Its a very family-oriented society - with large extended families. So it takes time to find folks that have room to meet new people. Once you do get to know people, however, they are very generous and lovely. Neighbors are particularly wonderful when you get to know them. - Sep 2009
Only as people want to within the Consulate. All the officers have lives apart from the Consulate community. - Jan 2009