FROM MISSIONARY VILLAGE TO COSMOPOLITAN METROPOLIS
Stories of the colourful history of North America’s francophone metropolis as it celebrates a landmark year.
Perched on Mount Royal, the Kondiaronk Belvedere lookout, named in honour of a great Huron chief, offers an exceptional view of the city. Behind a forefront of imposing skyscrapers lies Old Montréal, where traces of the first settlements, Hochelaga and Ville-Marie, remain. In the background, the St. Lawrence River reminds us of the city’s rich maritime history as a crossroads of exchange and a gateway to thousands of newcomers. In the heart of the city, the two major thoroughfares of Saint-Laurent and Sainte-Catherine conjure up many images: a legendary goal by Maurice Richard, a striking performance by burlesque dancer Lili Saint-Cyr, or even a sandwich from Schwartz’s deli.
Montréal, as the francophone metropolis of North America, you are a beautiful, welcoming, and astonishing city. Your distinct blend of cultures and histories shines forth throughout the world, whether it is the music of Leonard Cohen or the works of Michel Tremblay. You can be proud of this colourful history, which is truly unique.
— Jean-Philippe Proulx
Montréal and its old port, with Mount Royal in the background. 44 The caribou monument is unveiled at Beaumont-Hamel in France on June 7, 1925.
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