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Montreal is one of the oldest cities in Canada. It is rich in history and filled with old world European charm and romance. Old Montreal is still the very heart of this large, cosmopolitan city and a must see for anyone visiting. You will find some of the oldest buildings in North America still standing with charming cobblestone streets! You can easily imagine yourself transported back in time to earlier days when everyone walked about the town or traveled by horse and buggy. Housed within these heritage buildings are pubs, bistros, cafes, world class restaurants, enchanting boutiques and divine specialty shops. In the summer, outdoor cafes abound as do painters and artisans selling their crafts. What a delightful way to spend a summer day! Of course there are still horse and buggies available for hire. It's a fabulous way to gain a wider perspective and some insight into the unique European cultural flavour of the area. Right alongside the older sections of old Montreal, you will find a vibrant community of museums, hotels, office towers, pubs and even dance bars! Montreal is truly a unique destination point within Canada with enough museums, parks, churches and shopping to keep you busy for several days!

The first European to arrive in the area which we now call Montreal was Jacques Cartier in 1535. The next recognized explorer to land on its shores was Samuel de Champlain in the early 1600's. Originally inhabited by Native peoples, the early European settlers used this area as a key fur trading post. About 1640, French settlers decided to set up a community in the area. Today, the location of this first settlement is known as Ile Montreal. In earlier times, it was originally named Ville Marie in honour of the Virgin Mary. Ville Marie remained a parochial French Catholic community until 1760. At the end of the Seven Years War with Britain, the land was formally surrendered to Britain under the Treaty of Paris.

From this time up to the mid-1800's, English speaking Americans migrated to this area with the promise of land grants from the government. The immigration flow from Europe changed as well to more English speaking nationalities, the English, the Scots and the Irish. This new cultural and language influx continued until the main language of the area actually changed from French to English. In 1832, Ville Marie was formally renamed Montreal. As the city spread out geographically incorporating more rural areas and populations, the majority language once again became French. Over the next several decades, immigration patterns from English speaking countries increased once again and changed the cultural character and the main language back to English. Montreal enjoyed the status of being the largest and most influential city within the Colonies and eventually within Canada. The city enjoyed this prime Canadian economic status for well over 100 years.

In the 1960's, the Quiet Revolution was once again shifting political and economic power back to French speaking nationalists. This historical shifting and alternating of the dominant culture and language has had a marked impact on the history of the city and the Province of Quebec as a whole. Rather than learning to coexist peacefully and embracing their cultural plurality, French Nationalism divided the population into isolated cultural and language camps. The constant talk of provincial separation from Canada had a devastating impact on the economic fortunes of the city. As provincial laws were changed to enforce French business signs and the use of French only as the language for commerce, many large multinational companies moved their offices out of Montreal and ultimately out of the province rather than comply with these discriminatory laws. The political unrest made for an unstable business climate. Many large corporations moved to Toronto where they currently remain. Over the last dozen years, as talk of separation eased, the economic fortunes of Montreal have taken a slow but steady upswing. Although still a wonderfully beautiful city steeped in an adventurous history and offering the cachet and complexity of a varied and interesting cultural mix, it is doubtful that Montreal will ever regain its former glory as the major economic centre within Canada. The French language population in Quebec is once again on the decline. We will have to wait for the slow march of history to unfold to witness the next set of consequences emanating from this complicated and ever changing population demographic!

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