Montreal (French:Montréal), Quebec, the largest city in Canada. It occupies all of Montreal Island and some of the surrounding islands at the junction of the St. Lawrence and Ottawa rivers and lies almost 100 miles (160 km) east of Ottawa, the national capital.
Montreal's main business district and its older residences are concentrated between Mount Royal, the stub of an ancient volcano, and the St. Lawrence River. Industrial areas are scattered throughout the city, with most lying adjacent to the docks that line much of the St. Lawrence riverfront. French-speaking residents, who make up two-thirds of the population, generally live in neighborhoods separate from English-speaking residents— the largest linguistic minority.
The metropolitan area of Montreal includes all of Montreal Island, nearby Jesus Island, and portions of the surrounding mainland. A highway tunnel and numerous rail and road bridges provide interisland and mainland access. Large suburban cities include Laval and Longueuil.