Gatineau is the fourth largest city in the province Quebec. Home to the spectacular Gatineau Park, it was founded on the north shore of the Ottawa River where the Gatineau and Rideau Rivers flow into the Ottawa. Although linked to the City of Ottawa as part of the National Capital Region, Gatineau manages its own municipal affairs and operates independently of its southern neighbour. However cooperation is seen in many areas including sustainability.
People have lived on the island of Montréal for over 2,000 years. Today this bustling metropolis is the second largest city in Canada and it is a considered by many to be the cultural capital of the country. Economically it is an important centre supporting many sectors including aerospace, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, culture, tourism and film.
Sherbrooke is located south and east of Montreal where the Saint-François and Magog rivers meet in the Estrie administrative region, an area also known as the Eastern Townships. Sherbrooke is the sixth largest city in the province of Quebec and is the primary economic, political, cultural and institutional centre of Estrie.