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Moulin à vent Fleming, LaSalle

It’s easy to find this imposing windmill overlooking one end of Lac Saint-Louis (part of the St. Lawrence). Simply drive along Boulevard LaSalle between Lachine and the Canal de l’aqueduc and at some point it will pop into your line… Continue Reading →

It’s been 50-years since Expo ’67

The men behind these achievements should be proud and happy. We should be grateful to them, as we recall the skeptics who once said Expo 67 was too big a project for Montréal, Québec or Canada to accomplish in less… Continue Reading →

It looks pretty but it’s deadly

It’s been 20-years since the infamous Montréal ice storm that shut down the city for weeks, caused multiple deaths, and cost insurance companies billions of dollars in insurance claims. Our neighbours still talk about it… and it’s the reason why… Continue Reading →

These are the great views from Marguerite Bourgeoys

The view from the top of Marguerite Bourgeoys is definitely worth the climb; and, there are plenty of places to take breaks along the way to make the climb manageable for those who need to take it slow. From the… Continue Reading →

A Trip to Sainte-Thérèse-de-Blainville

I haven’t seen the inside of an airplane in what feels like a very long time (in reality it’s only been a few months). I’m ok with that. For now I happily get into my Jeep and drive to little… Continue Reading →

This used to be a baseball city

Sports are a way of life in Montréal; this is a city of icons and heroes. Hockey is certainly ingrained into the DNA of every single child who grows up here. Even today, most little communities have an outdoor rink… Continue Reading →

Le Moulin à vent de Pointe-Claire

During one of the coldest days of the year (a tough feat because there have been a lot of cold days this year), we headed out to one of the windiest, unprotected, desolate, ice covered parts of the West Island…… Continue Reading →

The sticks and stones of Old Montréal

Montréal is one of the few surviving cities in Canada founded in the 17th century (1642). It’s also one of Canada’s most diverse, politically complex, culturally rich, and historically interesting metropolitan areas. It’s always been this way; Montréal is a… Continue Reading →

Les Moulin de l’Île-Perrot

The windmill and miller’s house stand quietly on a lonely corner of the island overlooking the Baie de Vaudreuil, Senneville, and Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. It dates to the era of Charles le Moyne de Longueuil et de Châteauguay (from this post)… maybe…. Continue Reading →

Le Moulin Grenier de Repentigny

I have a new obsession: les moulins. In Québec they pepper the landscape and turn up when you least expect them. There are 18 documented historic windmills in Québec and in many cases they still perform their primary function: to… Continue Reading →

Yes. It’s Flooding.

As helicopters swirl above our house and as troops in black SUVs fly past our house because it is one of the only dry routes into the flood zone, I can’t help but wonder why there is so much flooding?… Continue Reading →

To those who complain about the snow: this is Montréal!

For me, lots of snow is not new (I grew up in Nouvelle-Écosse); however, for the rest of the family: they grew up in an arid climate and have never (from what I’ve seen) encountered the sheer amount of snow… Continue Reading →

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