Show and Tell : Montreal

Rue Saint-Mathieu

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Last weekend, I walked for hours with my boyfriend and I took pictures of Montreal. So for my Show and Tell, I am showing you details of Montreal. It’s all jumbled because I had trouble arranging the pictures in the post. To see them bigger, click on them.

Montreal is old and new at the same time. Lots of the older architecture is still present and mingles with the new architecture and other modern elements. Montreal is known as La ville aux cent clochers which means that churches are everywhere.

Centre-Ville près de la rue Guy

Centre-Ville près de la rue Guy

Taken from Termium while I was looking for clocher in English :

« The most important city of the province of Quebec, but not its capital. It occupies all the Île de Montréal (or Montréal Island), the big

gest island of the Hochelaga Archipelago, at the confluence of the St. Lawrence River and the Ottawa River. In 1535, Jacques Cartier visited the native village of Hochelaga on the slope of what he named « Mont Royal, » but by 1608, year of the foundation of Québec, all the Iroquoians were gone. At the same location, Ville-Marie was founded as a missionary colony by Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve in 1642, though it was not until the conclusion of the « Grande Paix » (peace treaty) of 1701 that the colony stopped living in a permanent state of war. The establishment became the great centre of the fur trade and a starting point for expeditions by the coureurs de bois and voyageurs of the time. Trade from the port and agriculture on the surrounding plains contributed to the development of the city. By the 1820s, its population outnumbered that of the city of Québec. A dynamic merchant class began to invest and « St. James Street, » now « la rue Saint-Jacques, » became the country’s financial centre. Around 1831, large-scale immigration enabled the population of British origin to be the majority in the city but, at the time of Confederation in 1867 and after, the francophones were again in the majority, gradually making the city the centre of the French culture in America. Erected as a municipality in 1832, the city underwent a steady growth with the addition of the territories of 35 towns over the years.

If Toronto grabbed the title of « Business Capital » by the end of the 20th Century, Montréal remained the « Metropolis of Canada. » In 1996, the metropolitain region grouped some 111 municipalities located on three of the islands of the Hochelaga Archipelago, Montréal Island, Jésus Island and Bizard Island, and, on the South Shore, the city of Longueuil and the seven others that were to be part of it on the 1 January 2002, the cities of Boucherville, of Brossard, of Greenfield Park, of LeMoyne, of Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, of Saint-Hubert and of Saint-Lambert. On 1 January 2002, the municipalities which were grouped, since 1 January 1970, under the Communauté urbaine de Montréal (CUM) (the Montréal Urban Community (MUC) from 1970 to 1983), sometimes said « the Greater Montréal, » became one city. The new city of Montréal comes from the fusion of the village municipality of Senneville, of the cities (in French « cités ») of Côte-Saint-Luc and of Dorval, as well as of the cities (in French « villes ») of Anjou, of Baie-d’Urfé, of Beaconsfield, of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, of Hampstead, of Kirkland, of Lachine, of LaSalle, of L’Île-Bizard, of L’Île-Dorval, of Montréal, of Montréal-Est, of Montréal-Nord, of Montréal-Ouest, of Mont-Royal, of Outremont, of Pierrefonds, of Pointe-Claire, of Roxboro, of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, of Sainte-Geneviève, of Saint-Laurent, of Saint-Léonard, of Verdun and of Westmount. »

Boul. René-Lévesque

Boul. René-Lévesque

Ste-Catherine, coin Crescent

Viaduc, rue Atwater

Sour l'autoroute, rue Atwater

Les toits de Montréal

Centre canadien d'architecture, Boul. René-Lévesque


12 réflexions sur “Show and Tell : Montreal

  1. I LOVE Montreal – my hometown! Yay!

    (Only thing you missed that I miss seeing is the typical curled staircases… in fact, when I’m back in Montreal, hopefully this summer for a visit, I want to get a painting of those staircases).

    Thanks for bringing back my memories!

    • pandabox33 dit :

      Ahhh yes the staircases. They are to be featured in a future post ! Next week maybe. 🙂

  2. I know I have been in Quebec before (when I was a wee little hobbit), but to my knowledge I have never been to Montreal. It’s one of the cities on my life list to visit.

    Your pictures are beautiful!

    • pandabox33 dit :

      It is a great city to visit ! Many things to see and do. I feel like a visitor in my city most of the time.

  3. It is so pretty. I haven’t been back since I was 8, but you’re making me want to buy a plane ticket!

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