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Montreal, Quebec

Montreal is located in the province of Quebec in Canada. Montreal is the second largest city in Canada. It is also the second largest French speaking city in the Western World. It has been suggested that there was a nomadic population that settled there before the Europeans. Montreal was incorporated in 1832. The Lachine Canal was finally opened allowing ships to pass the normally unmanageable Lachine Rapids. Montreal was the capital of the Province of Canada from 1844 to 1849, but it was stripped of the status when a Tory mob actually brought the Parliament to the ground.

Montreal became very popular in the 1920’s when Prohibition was in effect in the United States. People were coming into Montreal looking for alcohol. Montreal felt the effects of the Stock market Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression just as we did in the United States. Their economic picture began to improve in the 1930’s when skyscrapers started construction.

Montreal has some historic past but not too many historical monuments to see in the city. There are some great old buildings to see there such as the Notre Dame Basilica. This is Montreal’s oldest Catholic Church which was built in 1656. It has a great historic design and history behind it. This would make an excellent class trip. Religion is not really taught in the public schools, but it would be great just to see how much history that it really has.

Montreal ViewIn Old Montreal, there are many historic buildings and streets. Here you can actually take a horse and carriage ride through the town. There are many landmarks that have a cultural sense and there are museums that you can visit. If you want something more colorful, visit the Montreal Botanical Gardens or as the French call it Jardin Botanique de Montreal. Located near Olympic Park, there are over 20,000 different plant species growing at the gardens. Coming to the Botanical Gardens can actually be both fun and educational at the same time.

A great educational place to visit in Montreal is the Biodome de Montreal. There are 4 different ecological habitats such as a rain forest, polar, marine and forest. You can see the plants and the animals such as polar penguins and puffins, tropical monkeys and parrots. Many things can be learned here.

There is also the Museum of Archaeology and History. This is a great place to read and learn about the history of Montreal. The history has been recorded since 1642 starting with the original colony. It is the best place to learn about Montreal and Canada. For a bit of fun after a hard day of learning, is the Le Ronde Amusement Park. This amusement park is not for the faint heart, it is packed full of exciting rides and other fun venues. This park is a part of the Canadian Six Flags.

Montreal is overall a fun and exciting city with a lot to be learned there. This city would make a fun and interesting place to visit for groups of any age. There is a lot to see and a lot to do, Canada is so close and yet we barely know anything about it.