Place Jacques-Cartier

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A former Amerindian site, Place Jacques-Cartier was the main gathering point of Old Montreal for centuries. In the early 19th century the Château Vaudreuil (former residence of the French Governors, which became a boys’ college) burned down. The liquidators decided to use the land for public markets instead. Over the years, the site’s restaurants and street entertainers have made it a hub for tourists.

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