The island of Montréal was first occupied by the St Lawrence Iroquois, whose small village of Hochelaga ("Place of the Beaver") was situated at the base of Mont Royal. European presence began in October 1535 when Jacques-Cartier was led here while searching for a northwest route to Asia. However, even after the arrival of Samuel de Champlain, the French settlement was little more than a small garrison, and it wasn't until 1642 that the colony of Ville-Marie was founded by the soldiers of Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve.
I return to this city during the winter to enjoy the freezing cold and blowing snow to get a taste of how residents and tourists survive the harsh climate.
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The Bank of Canada
Wallpaper of Canadian bank notes provided by : The Bank of Canada