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Montreal: It is the largest city in Quebec and the second largest in Canada, with a metropolitan population of 3,635,571. Montreal is one of two large islands in this part of the St. Lawrence River (the other, Île Jésus, includes Laval and several other communities) and its highest point, Mount Royal, is 232 m/761 ft. high.

The entire island of Montreal became a single municipality on January 1, 2002 although this was reversed January 1, 2006 in the case of 14 of the suburbs, leaving 15 municipalities on the island, of which Montreal is by far the largest, being divided into 19 boroughs (arrondissements) each of which has a borough mayor and a certain amount of autonomy.

Montreal tourist information:


The Montreal Botanical Garden, one of the city’s jewels, is recognized as one of the world’s greatest botanical gardens. It offers a colourful program of events, exhibitions and activities all year long.

With its collection of 22,000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses, Frédéric Back Tree Pavilion, and more than 20 thematic gardens spread out over 75 hectares, it’s also a perfect place to enjoy fresh air and natural beauty. 

Located just minutes from downtown Montreal, right near the Biodôme and Olympic Park, the Montreal Botanical Garden is a veritable living museum of plants from the four corners of the globe.

The Montreal Insectarium is a natural history museum located in Montreal,Quebec,Canada, featuring a large quantity of insects from all around the world.


It is the largest insect museum inNorth America and among the largest insectariums worldwide.


Place des Arts is a major performing arts centre in Montreal,Quebec, and the largest cultural and artistic complex in Canada.

Located in the eastern part of the city's downtown, between Ste-Catherine and de Maisonneuve Streets, and St-Urbain and Jeanne-Mance streets, in an area now known as the Quartier des Spectacles, the complex is home to theMontreal Symphony OrchestraLes Grands Ballets Canadiens, and the Opéra de Montréal.

Digital artwork displayed on screens inside the Place des Arts cultural complex.

Place des Arts was an initiative of Mayor Jean Drapeau, a noted lover of opera, as part of a project to expand the downtown core eastward from the concentration of business and financial activity in the centre-west part of downtown. The Corporation George-Étienne-Cartier, named in honour of George-Étienne Cartier, a Father of Confederation and opera lover, was set up to build it, and the first part of the complex (including the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier) was inaugurated on September 21, 1963. The other theatres were added progressively. The Musée d'art contemporain de Montreal was added to the complex onMay 28, 1992.

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