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Montreal, Quebec (Ville)

Canada is a country in the northern half of North America. It is the 2nd largest country in the world in area, after Russia, and has the longest coastline of any country in the world, being next to the Pacific, Arctic, and Atlantic Oceans. Canada has the highest mountain range in the whole world. Around 30 million people live in Canada's ten provinces and three territories. Ottawa is the capital of Canada.
Montreal, or Montreal in French, is the second largest city in Canada and the largest city in the province of Quebec. It is the largest French speaking city in the Western Hemisphere and is the French language hub outside of France. At the 2001 Canadian Census, 1,588,590 people lived on the current territory of the city of Montreal proper. The population of the Montreal Census metropolitan area is estimated at 3,720,000 in 2006.
Montreal is ranked as the 15th-largest metropolitan area in Northern America and 77th in the world. The total area of the city is of 366.02 square kilometers and metro is of 4,047 square kilometers. The total population of the city as per 2001 census was 1,583,590 and population density is of 4,326 square kilometers.
The city rests on the Island of Montreal at the confluence of the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers. The port of Montreal lies at one end of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The city is named after the most prominent geographical feature on the island, a three-head hill called Mount Royal. Precipitation is abundant with an average snowfall of 2.14 metres per year in the winter.
Montreal is an important centre of commerce, industry, culture, finance, and world affairs. Montreal industries include telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, high technology, finance, textile and clothing manufacturing, higher education, electronic goods, software engineering, building and city engineering, transportation devices, printed goods, aerospace and tobacco.
The biggest sport following in Montreal clearly belongs to hockey and the city is famous for its hockey-hungry fans. Montreal is also the site of two high-profile racing events each year. The education system in the province of Quebec is slightly different from other systems in North America. Montreal is a transportation hub for eastern Canada, with well-developed air, road, rail, and maritime links to the rest of Canada, as well as the United States and Europe. The region enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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