How would you like to live in a city that is built around a mountain? If that's not enough, what about a city that's also on an island? Montreal, Quebec, fits this description and, as you might guess, it isn't your run-of-the-mill city. It's a city with a character and personality all its own. Montreal was settled in 1642 and was first called Ville-Marie. By the early 1700s the name of the city was changed to Montreal after the mountain called MontReal (Mt. Royal). Today, as back then, the mountain is one of the most prominent features of Montreal. This tree - covered mountain, which rises 763 feet (233 meters), is the city's largest park.
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