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   A country of outstanding natural beauty, Canada has a wide variety of landscapes; the mountains, the prairies, lakes and rivers with many national and provincial parks to protect the habitats. With a total land mass of 9,984,670 sq km (3,855,103 sq mi), Canada is the second largest country in the world. There are more lakes and inland waters in Canada than any other country, in fact 7.6% or 755,180 sq km (291,577 sq) is made up of fresh water.

   Canada is located in North America and stretches all the way from the Atlantic to the Pacific, being made up of ten Provinces and three Territories. To the North is the Artic ocean; Davis Strait on the North East separates it from Greenland, to the East is the Atlantic Ocean; the South is bordered by the United States of America and the West by the Pacific Ocean and Alaska.

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   Montreal is situated near the St. Lawrence River. Its population is 2.8 million, almost half of the Province of Quebec's 6.2 million people. Quebec is the biggest province in Canada and its population accounts for about a quarter of Canada's population.

   Montreal is its major commercial and tourist hub. In addition to its aerospace, pharmaceutical and other high-tech industries, Montreal is renown for its nightlife, European style joie de vivre, and fine dining. In Montreal it is never possible to get bored dining out because one has over 10,000 restaurants representing almost every conceivable culinary tradition to choose from.