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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 →

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 →

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 →

Chicago to Montréal to Toronto to …

This might feel like an “I’m going on a milage run” post, but it is not. I won’t make 100K status this year no matter how hard I try to make the miles/segments needed; the effort will equal varying levels… Continue Reading →

The Mysteries of the Lachine Canal

Brief History of the Canal The town of “La Chine” (now known as “Lachine”), was originally home to a set of treacherous rapids that for hundreds and hundreds of years (starting in the 1600s) traders and travellers worked very hard… Continue Reading →

Ahhh yes, the joys of Québec bureacracy

When you move to Québec, you have 6-months to change your healthcare, drivers licence, vehicle registration, and insurance. What they fail to tell you is that there is a 3-month waiting list to get a government appointment and because of… Continue Reading →

A house that links Montréal to Louisiana

Remember Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville? The founder of Mobile and New Orleans and man responsible for bringing the casquette girls to the South? He also had a brother named Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville who founded Biloxi. And another… Continue Reading →

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