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Montreal  (French: Montréal) is the metropolis of the province of Quebec.
Quebec City is the political capital but Montreal is the cultural and economic capital of Quebec and the main entry point to the province.
The 1976 Olympics left a strikingly idiosyncratic stadium and many other urban improvements.
The opening of the Saint Lawrence Seaway in 1959, though much lauded as an economic boom, spelled the beginning of the end for Montreal's economic dominance in Canada.
The population of Montreal is about 1.9 million, with 4 million in the metro area.
Montreal is sometimes referred to as The Paris of Canada. The most important one in central Montreal for visitors is Ville-Marie, which is further subdivided into neighbourhoods.
The city built up a seedy, yet playful, industry in alcohol, burlesque, and other vices.
In the 1960s, an urban renewal drive centred around Expo 67.
Lawrence River at the historically highest navigable point, Montreal has been a strategic location since before the arrival of Europeans in Canada. Lawrence Iroquoian town called Hochelaga was on the site of present-day Montreal when explorer Jacques Cartier first visited in 1535.
It has been said that Montréal is the only city in the world where the sun "rises in the south." Montrealers use an unconventional compass, using the river and the mountain as cardinal points.
When you are downtown, the St Lawrence River is “south” and Mount Royal is “north”; making the West Island and the East End correct in both their names and orientations.
Once the transition point between western railroads and eastern sea carriers, Montreal watched helplessly as some of this business moved farther west, up the now navigable Seaway, to ports in Ontario and on Lake Superior.
The Quebec Sovereignty movement, which began to pick up steam in the 1960s, further chilled the atmosphere for Canada-wide businesses, many of which moved their headquarters to Toronto.
The World's Fair in Montreal brought a subway system and a number of attractive urban parks and is considered to be one of the most successful World Fairs.