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GPS: 45.5475, -73.6132
Altitude: 50 m
Last update: 2012-10-22 07:32:56

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 Aura: 80Reviews: 1692011-08-24 09:48:21
Montreal is the largest city of the Province Quebec in Canada and the second largest Canadian city (after Toronto ) . Due to historic influence of the French culture it has unique atmosphere and it is the city which is definitely worth visiting. Montreal is the second largest French speaking city (after Paris) - and the downtown core is, surprisingly, very English. Montreal is situated in the southeastern part of the Québec province , some 270 km from Quebec, the capital city of the province, and 190 km from Ottawa, the capital city of Canada. It is located on Montreal Island, at the confluence of the Ottawa River and the St. Lawrence River.

Glances into History

The first Europeans, led by Jacques Cartier, came to this area in 1535. At that time there was a village called Hochelega and the area was inhabited by the first nations, the Iroquois tribe. In 1611 Samuel de Champlain established a fur trading place in the village but the Iroquois defended their territories so a permanent European settlement was founded by the French in 1639. The peace treaty with the Iroquois was concluded in 1701. The settlement was then ruled by the French until 1763 , when the territory fell into the hands of Britain. In this period, the settlement was already called Montreal. In 1832 Montreal became the city and more English speaking people were coming. During the period after the year 1860 the economic power of the city was increasing. When neighbouring cities were joined to Montreal, it became French-speaking again. Then there was a tradition of English and French speaking mayors in turn (until 1914) . In the 1920s to 1940s, Montreal was nicknamed the "Sin City", which was connected with the strict prohibition in the neighbouring USA. This was changed by Jean Drapeau, the mayor from 1954, whose actions and projects started a very dynamic development of the city, including development of the distinctive skyscrapers. In 1967, Montreal was the venue where the World Exhibition EXPO´67 took place. In 1976 the Olympic Games in Montreal attracted the attention of the whole world again.

Montreal Today

Due to very strong Catholic tradition there numerous churches in Montreal, and the city is nicknamed the "City of Saints" and the "City of Hundred Spirals", and many street names begin with "St". A major part of the city, including the historic core, is situated at the foot of Mont Royal, called by the citizens just "The Mountain". The centre of the city is characterized by a distinctive group of skyscrapers, surrounded by the Mont Royal Park. The central park was designed in 1876. The park comprises an artificial lake called Beavera. There is a robust cross in the middle of the park. Another important park is the Parc Jean-Drapeau on islands St-Helene and Notre-Dame. There is a car racing track on the Notre-Dame, while the St-Helene Island is known for the amusement park.

Old Montreal

The historic part of the city is called Old Montreal. It is located to the southeast of the centre of the city. It is dominated by the City Hall which resembles the City Hall in Paris. Other significant monuments are the basilica ( Basilique Norte-Dame) and St Joseph Church (the largest church in the Canada) .The Olympic Park is in the eastern part of of Montreal. A part of the Olympic Park is the Botanical Garden. There are numerous museums in Montreal, as well as theaters and galleries. There is a not very large Chinatown and many restaurants and shops.

Cities around

Montreal (0km)Laval (10km)Longueuil (13km)Saint-Eustache (21km)Beaconsfield (24km)Charlemagne (22km)Chambly (28km)Mont-Saint-Hilaire (33km)Saint-Charles-sur-Richelieu (37km)

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