I’m a huge fan of street photography and the change of scenery was rather inspiring. Indeed, Montreal has quite a few characters and an interesting population, different from Ottawa’s. Newcomers are from different areas of the world, for instance. While the Black population in Ottawa is often from Somalia or Djibouti, in Montreal, there are a lot of people from Haiti or from the French Islands. Ottawa has more Lebanese, while Montreal has immigrants from Northern Africa. Asians in Ottawa are often from China, but in Montreal people seem to be from South-East Asia—I heard Tagalog, Vietnamese, etc.
These are just observations, of course, not an official study.
I noted a lot of panhandlers in Montreal, too, especially around Sainte Catherine and in The Village. Or am I so used to see panhandlers around the Rideau area in Ottawa that I don’t notice them anymore? I hope not. That said, Montreal is still a very safe city, even though you can always use basic travel safety tips for women.