Montreal is the second most-populous city in Canada and the principal metropolis of the province of Quebec. The city of Montreal occupies about three-fourths of Montreal Island (le de Montral)The Montreal Metros cars travel on rubber tires that make for a quieter ride but require the system to run entirely underground because of the detrimental effect that the citys harsh winters would have on the tires. Each Metro station has a different architectural design and artistic decor.Vieux-Montreal is where the city began, and its original foundations and streets are preserved in the Pointe--Callire museum. This was the heart of the colonial town, and its old buildings make it the most picturesque neighborhood in the city. This is where you'll find most of the historic attractions, as well as the popular waterfront promenade along the Vieux-Port (Old Port). Fewer tourists spend time in The Plateau, but it is the heart of French-speaking Montreal. Strolling along Rue St. Denis often feels like being in Paris, with its smart boutiques, restaurants, and sidewalk cafes. Some of the city's most popular restaurants are here, both along Rue St. Denis and elsewhere in this neighborhood that was largely formed by successive waves of immigrants. At its far edge is Mile End, where small groups of streets have distinctly Italian, Portuguese, or Greek atmospheres.
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