What they knew about the city, they had learned on the internet and through word of mouth. But they had a hunch the city would be a good fit, and would offer a reprieve from their busy lives in London, England.
A few short months later, their children are learning French and despite the initial struggle, the couple already consider themselves Québécois.
Theirs is one of many stories CBC Montreal will bring you as we ring in the new year with a series about the people who made this city their home this year.
Listen to CBC Daybreak at 7:15 a.m. each day this week for stories from new Montrealers. Tune in on 88.5 FM/104.7 FM in the west end or online here.
Every day this week, we will meet a new Montrealer who packed up their life and moved across borders.
They came for a variety of reasons — for better education for their children, to live in a safer environment, to find a job, to join Montreal’s booming start-up scene and to take advantage of the city's growing services, like the Bixi bike-share system.
The number of newcomers choosing Quebec has slowed over the past few years. The latest figures from the Quebec Statistics Institute show the province welcomed 3,000 fewer immigrants in 2013 than it did the year before.
But those who are coming are largely young, highly educated, eager to work, and most of them settling in Montreal, Laval and Longueuil.
Follow our series on CBC Daybreak and on CBC.ca/Montreal and share your advice for newcomers to the city on social media with the hashtag #New2MTL.
We'll gather the best responses and feature them in our coverage.