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43 years old, from Peru

Sonia Tello-Rozas

I came to Greater Montréal in 2003 for my doctoral studies. I had been here before on vacation and visited the university where I ended up enrolling. I could see myself spending a long time here, so when the university offered me a scholarship, I jumped at the chance!

My original plan was to return to Peru after finishing my doctorate, but I fell in love with a Québécois. I love Greater Montréal, so it wasn’t a very difficult choice to stay here. We now live in Saint Lambert with our two children, and I am a professor at a university.

After living close to Jean-Talon market and then in Outremont, I was a bit apprehensive about moving to the South Shore, but I soon discovered how incredible the quality of life can be! We can do everything on foot or with public transportation, there are plenty of local businesses, and our children attend an excellent public school. It takes me just 30 minutes to get to work by bus and metro (or by bike and metro in the summer).

Greater Montréal also has a wonderful energy. There are so many public spaces and interesting free events, and the metropolitan area is very safe. Coming from Latin America, the fact that I can go walking at night or carry my laptop in my backpack without worrying makes all the difference!

My 3 favourite places in Greater Montréal

The Stewart Museum – This museum is located in the old fort on the Ile Sainte-Hélène. The exhibitions tell the story of Canada’s history through various artifacts. It’s very well managed and enjoyable to visit with kids – a real gem of a museum.  

Jean-Doré Beach – This beach is also located on the Ile Sainte-Hélène, so you can bike there from the South Shore or the Montréal island. In the summer, it’s a must if you have kids!

Saint-Viateur Park – In Greater Montréal, there are so many beautiful parks for picnics! When I was a student, my friends and I often went to Saint-Viateur Park in Outremont, where there is a great little spot near a footbridge.

Stewart Museum

20 Ch Tour-de-l'Isle, Île Sainte-Hélène, QC, H3C 0K7

Photo credit : Stewart Museum