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Laval, Quebec (Ville)

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Laval is a city, a regional county municipality and a region in southwestern Quebec, Canada in the Greater Montreal Area. It is located on Ile Jesus, across the River des Prairies from Montreal. It also includes the Iles Laval in the River des Prairies. In 2004, the city has a population of 364,756 Laval constitutes one of the 17 regions of Quebec. It has the total area of 247.07 square kilometers and population density is 1388.30 square kilometers.
Laval was first settled by Jesuits in 1636 when they were granted a seigneury there. Agriculture first appeared in Laval in 1670. In 1675, Francois de Montmorency-Laval gained control of the seigneury. In 1702 a parish was founded and dedicated to Saint-Francois de Sales. The first municipalities on the island were created in 1845, after nearly 200 years of a rural nature. The only built up area on the island, Sainte-Rose was incorporated as a village in 1850 and remained as the main community for the remainder of the century.
Laval-sur-le-Lac was founded in the same year based on its tourist-based economy from Montrealers. Laval began to grow throughout the following years, due to its proximity to Montreal which made it an ideal suburb. Laval's main attractions are The Cosmodome, Mille-Iles River Park, Mondial Choral Loto-Quebec, the Carrefour Laval, Laval Symphony Orchestra, Salle Andre-Mathieu show hall, La Maison des Jardins' show hall, and Centre de la Nature.
Laval is home to a variety of vocational/technical centers, colleges and universities. Including Ecole hoteliere de Laval, Ecole polymecanique de Laval, Centre de formation Le Chantier and Institut de protection contre les incendies du Quebec.
Laval is served by five highways such as A-25 Boucherville to Saint, A-19, A-13 Chomedey Highway, A-15 Laurentian Highway and A-440 Laval Freeway. A city known for its historic myths and traditions, scenic beauty, cooperative people and luxurious hotels and cottages, it is one of the favorite holiday destinations for most of the vacation lovers.

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