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The original settlers of Montréal site were Indian tribes (Iroquoian linguistic groups) who lived in a little village called Hochelaga. In 1535, Jacques Cartier, who discovered Canada, returned upriver to the island that will later bear the name of Montréal. Impressed with the mountain, he climbed and called it Mont Royal. In 1608, Samuel de Champlain cleared away a site, Place Royale (Old Port) which was intended to be the nucleus of new community.

Paul de Chomedey Sieur de Maisonneuve, founded Ville Marie 34 years later. However, the settlement gradually becomes known as Montréal and 25 years after this founding, begins to prosper as a military and trade centre.

Present Montréal is the largest city in Québec and the second largest in Canada, situated on the one of two large islands in this part of the St. Lawrence River. A true metropolis combining aspects of North American and European civilizations, Montréal has, nevertheless, its undergone significant modernization since the 1960 s, with its skyscrapers, underground city and subway system. North American French culture flourishes in Montréal with innumerable art galleries, museums, four French and English universities. Artists line the streets of Old Montréal, and there are numerous events.

Night life in Montreal offers something for everyone. Whether you're a connoisseur, a party goer, or just want to meet new people, you'll find it here. Montreal's night life finishes at 3 am, but you'll find plenty of after hours clubs in the city if you're not ready to call it a night. The Montreal night life can be categorized into 4 areas, each with its own character: Crescent Street, Bishop and St. Catherine West Street are the most famous zones and comprises of restaurants, clubs, cafes and boutiques, all of which are steps from each other. The Crescent strip hosts many festivals and events throughout the year offering live entertainment and street shows. Le Plateau Mont-Royal is the trendiest area in what many feel is the hippest neighbourhood in Canada. It is filled with every kind of bar to suit any style, many catering to those looking for the newest and trendiest spots. The Latin Quarter offers a little something for everyone. This area is known for its laid back attitude and francophone influence. There are many bars specializing in locally brewed beers and lots of clubs catering to international flavour. During the summer months this area gets completely transformed as it hosts the largest Jazz Festival. The Village is the place where you'll find lots of great bars and restaurants, many known for their happening venues. Montreal by night is an adventure waiting to happen...

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