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The island of Montreal is divided into 19 boroughs (arrondissements) and 15 "breakaway" municipalities (which, despite being located on the island, have been considered autonomous "suburban units" since January 1st, 2006). Most of the city's boroughs are further sub-divided into neighbourhoods.
One street holds special importance in the city layout. The Boulevard St-Laurent (or Saint-Lawrence, sometimes also called 'the main') runs north-south and divides the city into the "east" and "west". The split is denoted in many street addresses: when the "Est" suffix is added to the name of a street, it indicates a location east of St-Laurent. Conversely, the "ouest" suffix means that the location is to the west of St-Laurent.
The following are the main neighbourhoods in Montréal:
Ville-Marie is the oldest and most central of Montreal's boroughs. It is composed of several distinct neighbourhoods:
A large, mostly residential borough which consists of two large neighbourhoods:
A mainly francophone residential area located just north of the mountain. In many ways, Outremont is similar to Westmount, except for the fact that it is mostly francophone whereas Westmount is predominantly anglophone.
Westmount is a predominantly English-speaking district located just west of Shaughnessy Village. Since January 1, 2006 is it one of the self-governing municipalities located on the island of Montreal (and thus it is not a borough, but a city in its own right).
( See comments* below about suburban municipalities. )
Here are some other Montreal district:
* And here are the island's 15 "breakaway" municipalities: Beaconsfield; Baie d'Urfé; Côte-Saint-Luc; Hampstead; Montréal-Ouest; Dollard-Des Ormeaux; Dorval; Kirkland; L'Île-Dorval; Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue; Ville Mont Royal; Senneville; Pointe-Claire; Montréal-Est; Westmount.
For details on the separation of the 19 districts and 15 "suburban cities" see Montreal Merger and Demerger (wikipedia.org)
MONTREAL's NORTH, EAST, SOUTH AND WEST
A note of caution about local geographic terminology. The city is laid out on something resembling a grid, but its orientation is such that it would be very inconvenient to give directions in precise geographic terms (e.g. "you need to go NorthNorthEast from here"). Thus, in Montréal, the meaning of the words "East", "West", "North" and "South" has been changed to mean roughly "NorthEast", "SouthWest", "NorthWest" and "SouthEast", respectively.
IN CONTEXT: THE MONTREAL METRO
The above only discussed areas located on the island of Montréal. Montreal-the-island sits in the middle of in what is known as the Montreal Metro Area (the Communauté Métropolitaine de Montréal or CMM). The CMM consists of five entities, Montreal being the main one. The other four "pieces" to this puzzle are called the South Shore, the North Shore, Laval, and Longueuil. The latter two have city status.
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