Located on an island in the St. Lawrence River, Montréal takes its name from the green and wooded 750-foot “mountain” that provides a backdrop for the dynamic downtown area and incorporates a park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Though it hosts the second-largest French-speaking population in the world (after Paris), the cosmopolitan city is also home to most of Québec’s Anglophones. More than 15 percent of the area’s 3 million inhabitants are of British descent, with another 15 percent making up an ethnic mosaic of immigrants. The result is a vibrant city where French flair is augmented by multicultural events, including music, dance, art, film and folk festivals. 

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