In February of 2009, I am informed that my abstract proposal to make a presentation at the 2009 Canadian Institute of Traffic Engineers was accepted for Conference. The Conference is to be held in Montreal, May 31 to June 3, 2009.
As part of my trip to make the presentation, I take advantage of the opportunity to tour the city. I had not visited since the early 1980s when I was attending school at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh, just to the south of Montreal.
More about Montreal
Montreal is the largest city in the province of Quebec, the second-largest city in Canada and the seventh largest in North America. Originally called Ville-Marie, or “City of Mary,” the city takes its present name from Mont-Royal, the triple-peaked hill located in the heart of the city, whose name was also initially given to the island on which the city is located, or Mont Réal as it was spelled in Middle French.
As of February 2011, Montreal’s Census Metropolitan Area was Canada’s second most populous with an estimated metropolitan area population of nearly 3.9 million and a population of over 1.9 million in the “agglomeration” of Montreal, which includes all of the municipalities on the island of Montreal. The city of Montreal proper had a population of 1,620,693 as of the 2006 census.
Montreal is the second largest primarily French-speaking city in the Western world, after Paris.
Montreal is consistently rated as one of the world’s most livable cities, was called “Canada’s Cultural Capital” by Monocle Magazine and recently was named a UNESCO City of Design. Montreal remains an important centre of commerce, aerospace, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, culture, tourism, film and world affairs.
Go to this link to see more and better photos that I shot while touring Montreal. When the link takes you to the Picasa website, select “slideshow” in the upper left for the best view: https://picasaweb.google.com/105049746337657914534/Montreal#