Montreal is the largest city in the province of Quebec and the second-largest city in Canada. Originally called Ville-Marie, Montreal takes its present name from the Middle French pronunciation of Mont Réal (Mont Royal), the name of the hill at the heart of the city and formerly the name of the island where the city is located.
Montreal is known as a clean and pleasant city. In addition to the historic cityscape of “Old Montreal”, the city’s attractions include a strong arts community and a range of musical, cultural and seasonal festivals.
Montreal is the second largest French-speaking city in the world, after Paris. Although the official language of Montreal is French, it is also widely known as a multicultural and multilingual city. In the 2006 Canadian census, Montreal city recorded a population of 1.6 million and the Greater Montreal Area population came to 3.63 million.
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