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Montréal is in Quebec province, southeastern Canada. Montréal is the second most-populous city in Canada and the principal metropolis of the province of Quebec. The city of Montréal occupies about three-fourths of Montréal Island (Île de Montréal), the largest of the 234 islands of the Hochelaga Archipelago, one of three archipelagoes near the confluence of the Ottawa and St. Lawrence rivers.

Montréal is a city with considerable French colonial history dating back to the 16th century. It began as a missionary settlement but soon became a fur-trading centre, a role that was enhanced after the conquest of New France by the British in 1763. Montréal's location proved to be a major advantage in its development as a transportation, manufacturing, and financial centre. From the time of the confederation of Canada (1867), Montréal was the largest metropolitan centre in the country until it was overtaken by Toronto in the 1970s.

Vibrant and ever the trendsetter, Montréal is the culture and food capital of Canada. Its European heritage, friendly people, lively streets, openness to the world, festive ambiance and safe environment charm visitors time after time.

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