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The Laurentides is a region of Quebec, Canada. Its name comes from the Laurentian mountains. It has a total land area of 20,744.29 km2 (8,009.42 sq mi) and a 2006 census population of 511,276 inhabitants.

The southern area of the Laurentides was inhabited by the nomadic Montagnais and other First Nations, until French Quebecers settled it in the first half of the 19th century, establishing an agricultural presence throughout the valleys. During the 20th century, the area also became a popular tourist destination, based on a cottage and lake culture in the summer, and a downhill and cross-country ski culture in the winter. Ski resorts include St-Sauveur and Mont Tremblant.

The Laurentides still offer a weekend escape for Montrealers and tourists from New England to Ontario, though with the building of a major highway through the area in the 1970s (Autoroute 15), the area has experienced a lot of growth. Its largest city is Saint-Jérôme, in its extreme southeast, with a 2006 census population of 63,729 inhabitants.

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Mont-Tremblant is a village and incorporated municipality in the Laurentian mountains of Quebec, Canada, approximately 130 kilometres (81 mi) north-west of Montreal. The municipality with city status was formed in 2000. Mont-Tremblant is most famous for ski resorts such as the Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort, which is 13 kilometres from the village proper, at the foot of a mountain called Mont Tremblant (derived from local Algonquins who referred to it as the "trembling mountain").[citation needed] The largest population centre in Mont-Tremblant is Saint-Jovite.

Mont-Tremblant has a race track called Circuit Mont-Tremblant. It once hosted Formula One, Can-Am, Trans-Am, and Champ Car World Series competitions.

The surrounding area also features hiking, cycling, canoeing, golfing, and a host of other outdoor activities.

Since the summer of 2006, Mont-Tremblant has its own senior amateur Football, the Mystral. It also has a Junior AA hockey team, Les Diables (Devils).

The city of Mont-Tremblant, was created in 2000 from the merger of the municipalities of Mont-Tremblant and Lac-Tremblant-Nord, the village of Saint-Jovite, and the parish of Saint-Jovite. After a referendum, the municipality of Lac-Tremblant-Nord decided to part from the new city and returned to its former status as municipality in 2006. Read more...

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Jean-Louis Beaudry (March 27, 1809 – June 25, 1886) was a Canadian entrepreneur and politician. Beaudry served as mayor of Montreal three times, from 1862 to 1866, from 1877 to 1879, and from 1881 to 1885 for a total time served as mayor of ten years.

Born in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, Quebec, he was raised and worked on the family farm. After working as a clerk and shopkeeper, Beaudry opened a dry goods store with his brother in 1834. Beaudry became increasingly politically active. In 1827 he signed a petition in opposition to the proposed union of the upper and lower Canadas. In 1837 he became one of the vice presidents of the Société des Fils de la Liberté. When the Rebellions of 1837 occurred, Beaudry fled temporarily to the United States. He returned in June 1838 and resumed his business dealings which flourished. Read more...


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