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Montreal is the most important metropolis in Canada, after Toronto which is the Canadian business metropolis. For visiting with a friendly, modern multi-ethnical, warm and lively city, nothing equals Montreal. Counting 2,5 million people, the city’s first language is french, but almost half of its dwellers are anglophones. Right next to the majestic St-Laurent river, Montreal’s Old Port of French and English influences, dates to the 17th century. Notre-Dame Basilica is situated in the center of the port, along side the Pointe-a-Callieres and Chateau Ramezay Museums, Bonsecours Market, the International Science Center, Place Jacques-Cartier, the Montreal City Hall and numerous architectural beauties of the city. From the Old Port you can access Chinatown… and loose yourself in typical Chinese flavors and colors through its markets and restaurants. Leaving Chinatown, Downtown is a must, with the underground city, the incredible meeting of modern and old architectures: mirror and stone, McGill street called “Les petits champs Elysees”, McGill University complex, the Bell Center, home of the Montreal “Canadians” hockey team, 1001 DelaGauchetiere indoor skating rink, Windsor train station and so much more. Montrealers are blessed with a green gem, a mountain right in the middle of the city; keeping the air clean and the skies blue, the Mount-Royal is home to many outdoor activities like biking, hiking, mountain climbing, bird watching, site seeing; its foot welcomes hundreds every Sunday morning for the customary Tam-Tam Jams. Perched on its north-west side, the St-Joseph oratory watches over the city. So many more neighborhoods of Montreal await your visit; all individual, original and filled with great plans and things to do and see. Montreal is a multi-disciplinary city, qualified as the best North-American city to bike, you can ride along its 350km “piste cyclable”, you can jump the waves on the St-Laurent river if you are daring enough to face the “Saute-moutons”, you can golf in the middle of the city, swim in the Olympic pool, visit the hundreds of museums, you can shop, skate, play tennis, baseball, hockey, you can go to the numerous excellent movie theaters, taste the infinite flavors of cooking from all over the world or… the typical maple, cranberry, blueberry products and other recipes of our land.
The regions surrounding the south of Montreal’s island offers a variety of activities and sites depending on the seasons. Autumn is ideal for apple picking, horse back riding, animal watching (deer, beaver, squirrel, etc.) in the Eastern Townships or Monteregie. If lucky, you could witness a real Indian Pow Wow in one of the many Indian reserves. Spring and summer reveal an immense green country land especially enjoyable for their food, wine and cultural fests. The Laurentians stretch north of Montreal, from east to west: a prehistoric mountain range eroded with the passed millions of years, offer great activities to the greatest majority of tourists. The panoramic views are breathtaking, while you are skiing, fishing, hiking or simply driving through forests, lakesides or countrylike roads. The Laurentians count over 50 000 lakes, almost all of clear and clean water; water sports’ paradise. A lot of artists and painters live in the Laurentians; it is quite an inspirational place at that! You will find some of the best art galleries, fine dining restaurants and enlightning seasonal festivals in the Laurentians. In this area, keep your eyes opened, as you could well be lucky enough to observe, throughout any given season, the “great king of north American forests”: the moose!
Quebec is the largest province in Canada, with an area of 1,450,680 square kilometres. Quebec is bordered by Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and several American states. The St. Lawrence River is the province's central geographical feature, and links the Atlantic Ocean with the Great Lakes. The St. Lawrence lowlands are dotted with more than a million lakes and rivers. Hudson's Bay dominates the north-western portion of the province, and Quebec's northern forests are some of the largest in the world. Quebec was originally inhabited the Algonquin and Iroquois Aboriginal people in the south and the Inuit in the north. The Europeans arrived with French explorer Jacques Cartier in 1534, and the thriving fur trade brought many French and British colonists. Quebec City, founded in 1608, became the capital of New France and was built into a fortified city, the only one north of Mexico City. The province has a wide variety of landscapes, climatic regions and vegetation, and therefore numerous different and distinct tourist attractions, routes and getaways to offer. In the most northerly reaches the wilderness prevails covered by thick forests and clear lakes. This gives way to the snowy mountains of the Laurentians, popular resort country, while down south is the urban sprawl of Canada's French-speaking cities and rolling pastures of the farmlands. Quebec has a uniquely French flavour, brought about by the fact that barely 40 years after Columbus discovered America, Jacques Cartier claimed this territory in the name of the King of France and for nearly five centuries this has ensured the continued survival of French culture and language (in Quebec French is the official language and is spoken by more than 80 percent of the population). For decades the province has been dogged by political battles regarding secession, but currently moves to turn Quebec into a sovereign state have been put on the back-burner in favour of concentrating on economic development.
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