Satellite image of Montreal, Quebec

Image of the month, processed with Sentinel-2 imagery

Montreal is an island?

We don’t want to offend our readers from Quebec, but who knows that Montreal is an island? But yes this is the case. The Island of Montreal is even the second most populated river island after Zhongshan Dao (previously called Macau) and before Manhattan! But for that matter, who knows that Manhattan and Macao are islands, with no offence to our readers from New York City or China…

An image is much more self-explanatory than a long speech for this kind of geographic demonstration. So here is the satellite image of Montreal and of the Island of the same name. There can be no doubt. Montreal is an island indeed, and a big one on top of that. With its 483 square kilometers, this is the largest island of the Hochelaga Archipelago that includes around 320 islands. The Island of Montreal itself contains about one-quarter of the whole population of Quebec. It is bordered by the Saint Lawrence River to the south and the Rivière des Prairies to the north.

Some say that the island has the shape of a boomerang, a sport that cannot really be considered as Quebec’s national sport though. Is there a link with the famous TV show from Quebec called “Boomerang”? Who knows…

Nature in the city

This nice Island of Montreal offers many advantages. Despite high population density, the city has preserved its most emblematic green lung which is Mount Royal. Do you see the green spot on the eastern side of the island? This is Mount Royal, the hill that overlooks the city. The mountain is the site of Mount Royal Park, designed in 1876 by New York’s Central Park landscape architect (here comes Manhattan again!). It is the best place to chill out in summer or to skate on the frozen Beaver Lake in winter.

Anglers enjoy Lake Saint Louis, south of the Island of Montreal. This large stretch of water that is a widening of the St. Lawrence River is a famous hot spot for fishing pikes and muskellunge, Canada’s biggest freshwater game fish.

One could think that we’ve “painted” the St. Lawrence River in a nice blue, whereas rivers further north have a more brownish color.  The limit between waters coming from two different sources can be clearly seen on the satellite image when looking at Lake Saint Louis.  The lake receives inputs from two main water masses: the brown waters of the Ottawa River to the north and the green waters of the Great Lakes to the south. All colors are simply natural, as are the colors of all our satellite images!

For Quebec National Day, 24 June.

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