Last update: May 28th, 2020 at 9:00 pm
The city of Montreal at night. Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at the city of Montreal at night.
Montreal is the second-most populous city in Canada, with over 1.8 million full time residents. French is the city’s official language.
This photo was captured by an astronaut on board the International Space Station. The St. Lawrence river is visible cutting through the city’s brightly-lit metropolitan center.
Montreal (/ˌmʌntriˈɔːl/ (listen) MUN-tree-AWL; officially Montréal, French: [mɔ̃ʁeal] (listen)) is the most populous municipality in the Canadian province of Quebec and the second-most populous municipality in Canada. Originally founded in 1642 as Ville-Marie, or “City of Mary”, it is named after Mount Royal, the triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city.
The city is centred on the Island of Montreal, which took its name from the same source as the city, and a few much smaller peripheral islands, the largest of which is Île Bizard. It has a distinct four-season continental climate with warm to hot summers and cold, snowy winters.
In 2016, the city had a population of 1,704,694, with a population of 1,942,247 in the urban agglomeration, including all of the other municipalities on the Island of Montreal. The broader metropolitan area had a population of 4,098,247. French is the city’s official language and is the language spoken at home by 49.8% of the population of the city, followed by English at 22.8% and 18.3% other languages
Source: NASA Earth Observatory