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Montreal City



Montreal, the second-largest city in Canada, was founded as a base for explorers and traders in 1642. Since 1958, with the development of the modern city centre of skyscrapers, businesses, restaurants, and theatres, it has become one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in North America.

Montreal, is a major seaport along the St Lawrence River and Seaway, which links the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. The region was originally occupied by the Huron Indians, and was given the name Mount Royal by Jacques Cartier in 1535.

Montreal is a one-of-a-kind-a multicultural city that blends its French accent with that of over 80 other ethnic communities and charms visitors with its Euro-American ambiance. Its downtown bustles with life at the foot of its mountain, while history is rooted in the old quarters near the river. The city beckons you to discover its fashionable boutiques and famed cuisine, over 30 km (18 mi.) of indoor pedestrian walkways, and its lively casino. Explore the old city riding in a horse-drawn carriage around the XVIIIth- and XIXth-century residences of Old Montreal, you will discover the imposing neo-gothic Notre Dame Basilica, the Pointe-a-Calliere and the Centre d'histoire de Montreal. Place Jacques-Cartier is in the heart of Old Montreal.

Beginning in the 1960s, following a period of neglect, Old Montreal underwent extensive renovation and gained commercial, government, and private tenants. Located in the downtown area is the Place Ville Marie, an innovative commercial complex built in 1962; around it stretches the Underground City, which provides protected access, both above and below street level, to shopping, restaurants, offices, and other commercial enterprises and to transportation links.

Montreal Travel Guide
Montreal city
Montreal Travel Guide
Montreal city





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