On 17 May 1642, a group of French settlers led by Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve and Jeanne Mance established the missionary colony of Ville-Marie on the Island of Montréal. Today, this modest settlement founded in the middle of the St. Lawrence River is Canada’s second largest city and home to nearly half of the province of Québec’s population. A centre of francophone culture in North America, Montréal also enjoys international renown. Through exhibits, images and articles — as well as several Heritage Minutes about influential Montrealers — this collection celebrates the 375-year heritage and history of this important cultural and economic centre.
Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, incorporated as a city in 1907, population 12 996 (2011c), 12 728 (2006c). The City of Portage la Prairie, situated 70 km west of Winnipeg, is an important regional service centre for the flat but highly fertile soils of the surrounding Portage Plains.
Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut, incorporated as a hamlet in 1979, population 520 (2011c), 473 (2006c). The Hamlet of Qikiqtarjuaq was formerly known as Broughton Island, the same name as the island on which it is located. The island is located off the east coast of Baffin Island in Davis Strait.
In 1915 Grouard's population was about 2000, but when bypassed by the railway that year the town soon collapsed. Settlement continued to the north however, and in 1970 a Northern Lakes College (vocational) campus was built near St Bernard's Mission in the community now known as Grouard Mission.