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My mom always wanted a bird and when she came to the bird shop, I picked her. I was 10 months old when I got my forever home. After being an only birdie for 14 years, Mom adopted a new frother-Jude the Dude..

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Hi! My name is Norman

I am a Senegal Parrot from Albuquerque, NM.

Stinky, Doody, BIG CHICKEN

18 years old   M

Senegal Parrot

Grapes, corn, cereal, peanuts.

In the medicine cabinet, on the magazine rack, under my play gym.

I do not like the phone. The vacuum is pretty scary too. I growl at my grandmother.

She is my Mom, my best friend and my soul mate.

Loves shredding paper.

Small acts of kindness can fill a heart with joy..

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  Hi Norman
Thanks so much for BOTD! I was a happy boy yesterday. Mom topped off the basil plants and gave me all the flowers to munch! What a treat. I didn't get a new pinata, though. She says that's coming in a few days.
It has been pretty dry here. There have been lots of showers and scattered thundershowers in the Pittsburgh area for the past week, but they seem to be bypassing us. It rained the other day for about 3 minutes, and that's all. Mom is watering all the pots daily, and needs to get the hose out to soak the ground a little.
Tonight mom is working an evening event in Dinosaur hall, which should be fun. She likes doing evening events, and it is only scheduled til 7:30, so she should make it home before dark. We will have her attention and cage cleaning skills when she gets back. It should be a pool day, too.
Falco is still fighting mom on the meds and limping, but each day her leg looks a bit better. Mom's hands are beginning to look shredded, though. Hahaha!
I hope you are having a great day and getting sun and love. Hugs, Willie

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Kaji, TiPaul, and Sky for 10k!, Peppino, In Divo's memory & Falco, Mikey and Chipper for 10k.

07/10/2014 08:22.00 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norm
We had big booooommmmeerrrs in St Louis last night & I dont mean fireworks. Bunches of rain to go with them also.

Dad lost the Dish TV signal for almost two hrs. It was a slow moveing storm.

Ms BB

Come visit me, Ms BBs page., TPB&G., Pepper in the BC Castle for JULY, Charley Bird, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, L'il Angel Adler at the Kissing Booth & Buba.

07/08/2014 09:04.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman
I was over on Zeenas page droping off a vote & seen you had been there. It has been a long time since I squacked at you.
Are those Moocher Ducks still on the golf course? Did you get to go to the BC castle with JUDE when he was BOTD?

King Pepper is haveing parties at the castle every few days so stop in and say hi to every birde.

Ms BB

Come visit me, Ms BBs page., TPB&G., Pepper in the BC Castle for JULY, Charley Bird, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, L'il Angel Adler at the Kissing Booth & Buba.

07/06/2014 10:37.13 AM Report This Comment  
  MIKEY #61671/KAJI #43005 4-10K CLUB
HEY NORMAN, CAN'T BELIEV YOUR FROTHER JUDE IS 21 AND THAT YOU ARE 18. WOW YOU BOTH LOOK FANTASTIC. MUST BE THAT GREAT CARE AND LOVE YOU GET FROM YOUR MOM.

SWEETPEPPER

Come visit me, Digger Sept 29, 1998 - June 11, 2005, KACEY & MIKEY'S WEDDING PAGE MARCH 3, 2012, MAY 9,2009 THE WEDDING OF SWEETPEPPER & KIDDO, MAXIMILLIAN AUG 25,1992-MARCH 14,2010 R.I.P., SWEETPEPPER LUVS KIDDO, TIEL TERRORS BASEBALL TEAM PRACTICE FIELD & KACEY VOTE MIKEY PG 61671 FOR 1OK CLUB.

07/03/2014 10:25.15 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman
King Pepper here, with a special message to all my loyal bird subjects. After being picked up and brought to the castle in a way I still do not fully recollect, I woke up realizing I am Bird of the Month, a King, and I surely could not have done this alone. I could only vote for myself once a day, but TiPaul usually beat me to that too. And so this message – I want to thank each and every one of you… Angel & Pepper, Baby, Bilou, Cheyenne, Chico, Chipper, Chloe, Chuey, Chyna, Cookie, Cori & Boo Boo, Dino, Dixie, Falco, Finnegan, Grendel, Gus, Hulk, Indiana Sam, Ipo, Jolie, Jetta, Kaji, Kahlua, Kiddo, Lalo & Ziggy, Little Angel & Sky, Mango (Sunshine’s flock), Mango(Green’s flock), Mango (Lola’s flock), Mayo, Mikey, Miranda & CuBird, Molly, Ms BB, Norman, Oz, Panther, Pearl & Silver, Picabo, Pico & Poco, Pimer, Poirot, Polly & Zippy, Pookie, Popeye, Raffi, RoofTop, Sam, SamIAm, Snowy, Spot, Squak, Sugar, SweetPepper & Kacey, Tooth and Sebastian & finches for coming by and voting for me, whether it was every day… with a blog, without a blog… once in a while. They all added up and I made it to the castle, actually to the BC castle and to Ms. BB’s castle and it is only the second evening and I have been having the time of my life. I thought I had fun training Mom. Heh heh heh – this is going to be more fun than I ever imagined in my entire life. I have had friends stop by to visit and congratulate me and I cannot begin to thank you all enough for that too. I just don’t know where to begin. With the Canada Day party celebration yesterday, I was pretty tired, and I asked my frother to introduce me to his special friend Lizzie, who I know to be the bestest cook ever. Now food is something this bird has a taste for. That table that is at the castle is something I would like to have at home, for days when each of our flock wants something different to eat and Mom finds that so totally wrong. It is the best thing I have come across so far, and I have only just begun my journey. I will do my best to post my diary on my page every couple of days, for those of you who want to know what I have been up to.

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07/03/2014 06:51.55 PM Report This Comment  
  MIKEY #61671/KAJI #43005 4-10K CLUB
HEY NORMAN, YOUR BROTHER JUDE IS BOTD. HOPE YOU BOTH ENJOYED YOUR TIME IN THE CASTLE.

SWEETPEPPER

Come visit me, Digger Sept 29, 1998 - June 11, 2005, KACEY & MIKEY'S WEDDING PAGE MARCH 3, 2012, MAY 9,2009 THE WEDDING OF SWEETPEPPER & KIDDO, MAXIMILLIAN AUG 25,1992-MARCH 14,2010 R.I.P., SWEETPEPPER LUVS KIDDO, TIEL TERRORS BASEBALL TEAM PRACTICE FIELD & KACEY VOTE MIKEY PG 61671 FOR 1OK CLUB.

07/02/2014 08:51.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman
Well, since it is July 1st tomorrow, I thought we would start off the month with a BIG Canada Day Celebration to bring in the fact that hopefully (Mom is smiling) I will be dragged off growling, by some castle guards at midnight according to some of you here, and I will wake up in a strange place in the morning. Wake up – are they going to drug me so I will fall back asleep? Nobirdy seems to really know what happens. Or nobirdy is telling. I was told the entire flock is to come with me. They’d better!
I want to thank EVERY BIRDY who has voted for me this month, even if you did not come by every day. I want to thank TiPaul, my campaign manager, who helped me with research, and blogging, and making sure I did not forget one single birdie who left me a blog, or any birdie who is on the list of those who want to get in the 10K club. I also want to thank him for handing me his crown, the one he wore when he was BOTM so long ago. It means a lot to me to wear it.
Okay… here is the list of activities that I have asked the City of montreal to bring to the Castle for us, so we can partake in the Canada Day festivities.

CANADA DAY IN THE CASTLE: As celebrated in the OLD PORT PROMENADE, MONTREAL, QUEBEC
List of Activities: Pictures on my Page!
11 am to 12 pm
Ceremony and Military Band
The Canadian Armed Forces Military Band will oversee the raising of the flag while playing the national anthem. A member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will ensure that the event runs smoothly.
12 pm until last piece
Canada Day Cake
New Canadians and all those present will be invited to taste the traditional Canada day cake.
12 pm to 1:30 pm Gun Salute
There will be a 21-cannon salute in honor of Canada's Birthday. Shots will be fired once a minute for 21 minutes. You can also find out everything you want to know about the cannons' development and their mechanism. We'll answer all your questions.
12 pm to 8 pm Canada Tent
Historical Tour: Come learn more about each of Canada's provinces and territories and on the Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Quebec, Charlottetown Conferences, thanks to a historical circuit in the Canada Tent.
Commemorative photo: You can also take a picture with an RCMP officer dressed in a ceremonial uniform for the occasion.
12 pm to 8 pm Atlantic Provinces Tent
Beat box workshop by Blaise Margail: The human beat box (box or human rhythms multi-vocalism) is to imitate instruments, mainly percussion, using voice.
12 pm to 8 pm Central Canada Tent
DJ Alexis Ricard-Chatelain will perform in front of workshop participants. After the show he will talk about the evolution of DJ'ing, analog computer art and DJ systems.
He specializes first and foremost in "mashop" and electronic music. This artist offers a workshop based on both sound production and performance.

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06/30/2014 10:53.39 PM Report This Comment  
  part 2
12 pm to 8 pm Prairies Provinces Tent
Play some cosom hockey! Four players, sporting the colors of the Montreal Canadiens face four players sporting the colors of the Winnipeg Jets.
12 pm to 8 pm West Coast Tent
Collective artwork: Channel your inner artist by drawing on a collective chalkboard located outside the Tent.
Makeup workshop: Kids of all ages can transform into superheroes, lions, monsters, pirates, butterflies, princesses or even a cat with the stroke of a brush.
12 pm to 8 pm Northern Territories Tent
Dream catcher and bracelets workshop : in Native American culture, the dream catcher prevents bad dreams. Acting as a filter, it keeps the beautiful images of the night and burns the bad ones at the first light of day.
Caribou route: Following the adventure trail.
12 pm to 8 pm Inflatable Village
Children and adults alike can have fun playing games in a colourful and safe environment.
12 pm to 8 pm Makeup Workshop
In the Canada and the Canadian Rockies Tent.
8:30 pm to 10:15 pm Michael MURPHY
With nearly 15 years of experience, Michael Murphy has always been involved in theater, music, film and television. His folk-pop style shines in his first album called Unmade bed.
8:30 pm to 10:15 pm Luca "Lazylegz" PATUELLI
In 1999, at the age of 15, Luca Patuelli discovered B-boying. He had to overcome many obstacles but he adapted several movements and was able to develop his own style by incorporating the use of his upper limbs and crutches. From adversity LazyLegz was born!
8:30 pm to 10:15 pm Élizabeth BLOUIN-BRATHWAITE
and Josée ALLARD
Whether it's composing, performing or making arrangements, for Élizabeth Blouin Brathwaite everything comes instinctively. Music is second nature and the stage her natural habitat. Whether it is with her guitar, her bass or ukulele, Josée Allard has a heartwarming way of telling everyday life. On stage, she gives a dynamic performance: boundless energy and a passion for music that leaves no one indifferent!
8:30 pm to 10:15 pm Sunny DUVAL
Sunny Duval likes to touch a bit of everything. In short, he's a singer-composer-producer-multi-instrumentalist-wri- ter!
8:30 pm to 10:15 pm Dawn TYLER-WATSON
and Paul DESLAURIERS
Since they started their collaboration in 2004, this duo shares its talent with thousands of blues and jazz fans worldwide. Known for his electrifying guitar playing skills, Paul Deslauriers bares offering to an authentic sound and style all of his own, while Dawn Taylor Watson is renowned for her great stage presence in major orchestras.
8:30 pm to 10:15 pm Pascale PICARD
Pascale Picard is a die-hard fan of alternative music blended with a touch of rock, folk and punk. She is a singer-songwriter who parallels her compositions with the height of her voice.
10:15 p.m. Fireworks (9 minutes)
Come rain or shine, fireworks will light up the sky in the Old Port. Don't miss this unforgettable moment that will make the Old Port shine bright.
HAPPY CANADA DAY!

Come visit me, Leroy, Little Bit & Chloe - Thank you everybirdy!!, Gizmo - Thanks everybirdy for BOTD!, Max, Jasper - Thanks everybirdy for BOTD!, Micky - Thanks everybirdy for BOTD!, PEPPER-Thanks for BOTM!, TiPaul - Who was 8000??? Who will be vote 9000?, Floop and Porky at the County Fair, Marley - Thanx everybirdy 4 BOTD Carrot cake 4 all, Zak - Thank you everybirdy for BOTD! & Lee-Roial RIP - Thanks for remembering me..

06/30/2014 10:47.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman
The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is a museum of architecture and research centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is located at 1920 Baile Street, between Fort Street and Saint-Marc Street in what was once part of the Golden Square Mile. Today it is considered to be located in the Shaughnessy Village neighbourhood of the borough of Ville-Marie. Phyllis Lambert is the founding director and chair of the board of trustees, and Mirko Zardini is the director and chief curator. It was designed and built by Peter Rose. The CCA contains a vast library and archives, and is host to various exhibits throughout the year. It is also home to a study centre open to the general public. The CCA also provides educational programs and cultural activities. The CCA also has an architectural garden located on the southern side of René-Lévesque Boulevard. The sculpture garden was realized by architect Melvin Charney. The CCA was founded in 1979 by Montreal architect Phyllis Lambert. The purpose of the centre was to promote public awareness of the role architecture plays in society, as well as to encourage scholarly architectural research and to foster innovative design practices. The CCA was designed and constructed between 1985 and 1989 by Montreal architect Peter Rose. The design of the museum incorporates the Shaughnessy House mansion, built for Thomas Shaughnessy, a Second Empire-style mansion that Lambert purchased in 1974 to prevent its demolition. The CCA received the Honor Award for Architecture from the American Institute of Architects and the Governor General's Medals in Architecture in 1992. The current building, which opened in 1989, surrounds Shaughnessy House and was designed by Peter Rose, in collaboration with Phyllis Lambert and Erol Argun. Shaughnessy House, located at 1923 Dorchester St. W (today René-Lévesque Boulevard) was at built in 1874 according to plans by William Tutin Thomas. It is one of the few nineteenth century residences that is accessible to the public. The CCA building, with a surface area of roughly 12,000 square metres (130,000 sq ft), is home to exhibit halls, Paul Desmarais Theatre, a bookstore, the library and a study centre in the Alcan Wing. It also contains restoration laboratories and conservation offices. The work of conservation and restoration of the Shaughnessy House, with a floor area of over 1,900 square metres (20,000 sq ft), were carried out under the direction of Denis Saint-Louis.

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06/29/2014 08:39.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman
Montreal City Hall (French: Hôtel de Ville de Montréal) is the work of architects Henri-Maurice Perrault and Alexander Cowper Hutchison, and was built between 1872 and 1878 in the Second Empire style. It is located in Old Montreal, between Place Jacques-Cartier and the Champ de Mars, at 275 Notre-Dame Street East. The closest metro station is Champ-de-Mars. As one of the best examples of the Second Empire style in Canada, and the first city hall to have been constructed in the country solely for municipal administration, it was designated a National Historic Site in Canada in 1984. Construction on the building began in 1872 and was completed in 1878. The building was gutted by fire in March 1922, leaving only the outer wall and destroying many of the city's historic records. The architect Louis Parant was commissioned for the reconstruction, who decided to build an entirely new building with a self-supporting steel structure built inside the shell of the ruins. This new building was modelled after the city hall of the French city of Tours. Other changes included a remodelling of the Mansard roof into a new Beaux-Arts inspired model, with a copper roof instead of the original slate tiles. In 1967, from this building's balcony Charles de Gaulle, the president of France, gave his Vive le Québec libre speech.
Thank YOU for all your support and votes!!!!!
I am getting excited… TiPaul is getting antsy. Thanks fro for giving me all your time, and giving up on your own thing for the 10K club. Please every birdy, get in some votes for my frother – he promises to reply to all blogs once I am in the castle. He said he will finally have time. Seriously – he has been so busy, he has not had time to chew his feathers and has grown tail feathers. Mom has taken me crown shopping, and I hope the one I picked comes in on time.

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06/28/2014 08:49.15 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman
The Château Ramezay is a museum and historic building on Notre-Dame Street in Old Montreal, opposite Montreal City Hall. Built in 1705 as the residence of then-governor of Montreal, Claude de Ramezay, the Château was the first building proclaimed as a historical monument in Quebec and is the province’s oldest private history museum. It was designated a National Historic Sites of Canada in 1949. Over the years, the Château changed owners and functions several times, with Ramezay's descendants selling the manor to the fur-trading Compagnie des Indes. From 1775, it became the Canadian headquarters for the Continental Army when it seized Montreal. Benjamin Franklin stayed there overnight in 1776, while trying to raise troops to fight for the Americans in the American Revolutionary War. After the conquest until 1849 the house was again used as a governor's residence, this time by the British governors. For official purposes it was known as Government House and was the governor's official Montreal residence which complemented his other residence in Quebec City (the Chateau St. Louis), and a country retreat in Sorel. In 1878, the building opened its doors to host Université de Montréal's first Faculty of Medicine. The building was bought by the Numismatic and Antiquarian Society of Montreal and converted into an historical museum and portrait gallery in 1894.[4] Sir Andrew Taylor designed alterations to the Chateau in 1895. Today, the museum's collection is composed mainly of gifts from private Montrealers and is estimated at 30,000 objects, including manuscripts, printed works, numismatic items, ethnological items, works of art, paintings, prints and furniture. From 1997 to 2002, the Château Ramezay underwent indoor and outdoor restorations, including the creation of the Governor’s Garden, inaugurated in 2000. In 2003, the Château Ramezay Museum earned the National Award of Excellence from the Landscape Architects of Canada. It has greeted more than a million visitors.

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06/27/2014 08:09.20 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman
The Redpath Museum is a museum of natural history belonging to McGill University and located on the university's campus at 859 Sherbrooke Street West in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was built in 1882 as a gift from the sugar baron Peter Redpath. It houses collections of interest to ethnology, biology, paleontology, and mineralogy/geology. The collections were started by some of the same individuals who founded the Smithsonian and Royal Ontario Museum collections. The current director is David Green. Commissioned by Redpath to mark the 25th anniversary of Sir John William Dawson's appointment as Principal, the Museum was designed by A.C. Hutchison and A. D. Steele. McGill University's Redpath Museum Web site characterizes it as an "idiosyncratic expression of eclectic Victorian Classicism" as well as "an unusual and late example of the Greek Revival in North America." It is the oldest building built specifically to be a museum in Canada. Both the museum's interior and exterior have been utilized as a set, for movies and commercials.
Pictures on my Page –
Exterior of the Museum
Interior of the museum
Signature dinosaur skeleton within the Redpath Museum, set against interior Beaux Art decorations
View of the Albertosaurus in the central evolution exhibit atrium
Redpath Museum Collection – fossilized scallops
Redpath Museum Collection – Claudiosaurus germaini
Redpath Museum Collection – Marrella splendens
Redpath Museum Collection – Limnoscelis
Redpath Museum Collection – Pecopteris bucklandi
Redpath Museum Collection – Camptorhynchus labradorius
Redpath Museum Collection – Dendrerpeton
Redpath Museum Collection – Conuropsis carolinensis

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06/26/2014 09:19.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman
Saint Jean Baptiste Day, held annually on June 24, is the feast day of St John the Baptist, a Jewish preacher who baptized Jesus in the River Jordan. It is a day of celebration in Quebec and other areas of French Canada. Saint Jean Baptiste Day is also known as "la Saint-Jean", "St John the Baptist Day", "Fête nationale du Québec" and "Quebec's National Holiday". Various events are organized on Saint Jean Baptiste Day. These range from large scale public celebrations, such as rock and jazz concerts, sports tournaments, parades and firework displays, to small family or neighborhood happenings, such as yard sales, picnics, barbecues, bonfires and children's entertainment. Many church bells ring in celebration and public dances and fun fairs are held. Some events may be held on the evening of June 23 and many are broadcast live on television, radio or on the Internet. The celebrations are coordinated by the Mouvement national des Québécoises et des Québécois. Saint Jean Baptiste Day is a public holiday in the Canadian province of Quebec. Post offices and many stores are closed.
The poster Mom took a picture of is from our village. Because of the rain, all of the activities were held indoors, but Mom came home and helped me put together this blog. The parade was very small, there again because of the rain. There were only a few cars following, unlike past years, and she did not partake in that activity. Spoil sport Mom. Everyone met back at the Community Center, where the Mayor spoke… and then there was the annual hotdog dinner, along with veggies. They had so many veggie platters, Mom was hoping to be able to bring some home for us but they went fast. For dessert, they had fruit platters and Mom had eaten so much of the other stuff, she packed a fruit plate high and took it home. She went out the back door, because she had to come home to feed us. She headed back after we were settled in and eating because there was a show – a history presentation on Samuel de Champlain. She took a picture of him, which is on my page along with the other pictures, and she was thinking afterwards she should have had someone take a picture of her with him, and tell them she went back in time. LOL After that, there was live music and lots of dancing for a couple of hours, and then, the grand finale – fireworks in the rain.

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06/24/2014 09:40.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman
OLD MONTREAL – DAY 2 - part 1
The hotel burned in 1833, and was rebuilt in 1845 at the Bonsecours Market. In 1849, a riot caused a fire with political consequences when, protesting against a law, a Tory crowd burned down the Parliament building in the old Marché Saint-Anne on Place d'Youville. Ironically, the site of the Parliament fire housed Montreal's first fire station in 1903; the building still exists as the Centre d’histoire de Montréal. Colonial authorities decided upon the first radical transformation of the area in 1804, with the destruction of the fortifications surrounding the heart of Montreal. Completed in 1815, this enlarged the perimeter of Old Montreal and improved access to suburban communities. Confinement in a fortified and very dense area prone to fires caused the gradual departure of the richer merchants to what would become known as the Golden Square Mile, where they built spacious estates.The 19th century witnessed the emergence of a bourgeoisie of mostly Scottish merchants. The growing activity of the port changed the urban landscape. Old Montreal became less residential, as the rich Scottish and English merchants built extravagant homes closer to Mont Royal in what would become the Golden Square Mile. Anglophone influence became the dominating force in the areas of banking, manufacturing, commerce, and finance. St. James Street became the financial centre of Montreal, with large banks such as the Bank of Montreal and the Royal Bank, insurance companies and the stock exchange. Most of the financial buildings on St. James Street were designed by anglophone architects. The same is true for institutional buildings such as the Old Court House (John Ostell), the Customs House(John Ostell), the Bonsecours Market and even the Notre-Dame Basilica (whose façade is the work of an Irish Protestant from New York, James O'Donnell). The only notable exception is the Montreal City Hall, which was inspired by the Hotel de Ville de Rennes. The character of the Victorian style of the late-19th-century buildings was a significant change from the stone masonry used during French era, and affected the appearance of Old Montreal. During the early 20th century the momentum of the district continued to grow, evidenced by construction of prestigious buildings such as the Aldred Building (1929–1931), La Sauvegarde Building (1913) or the first Stock Exchange (1903–1904). Port activities, the financial sector, justice and the municipal government helped maintain activity until the Great Depression began in 1929. The relocation of port facilities further east deprived Old Montreal of many companies related to the maritime trade, leaving many abandoned warehouses and commercial buildings. The downtown-area relocation several blocks north and the nearly-complete absence of residents (there were only a few hundred in 1950) had the effect of emptying the district at the close of business.

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06/23/2014 08:20.57 PM Report This Comment  
  OLD MONTREAL – DAY 2 - part 2
At that time, the lack of nightlife gave the district a reputation for danger at night. Old Montreal increasingly found itself changing to accommodate the automobile. Several prestigious locations, such as the Place d'Armes, the Place d'Youville and Place Jacques-Cartier, were snarled with traffic in the mid-20th century. For municipal authorities unaware of its potential heritage value, Old Montreal was an anomaly. City planners considered wider streets, which would have meant razing many older buildings. A proposed elevated highway along the river over the rue de la Commune spurred a movement to preserve the district. Dutch-born architect and urban planner Daniel van Ginkel played a major role in saving the district from destruction during the early 1960s. As assistant director of the city of Montreal's newly formed planning department, he persuaded authorities to abandon plans for an expressway that would have cut through the old city. In 1964, most of Old Montreal was classified as an historic district; despite this, the Quebec government razed several 19th-century buildings to build a new courthouse. Revitalization of the district involves the inventory, upgrading and renovation of abandoned buildings, which are converted into offices or residential condominiums; the process is often expensive. In addition to the return of a residential base, the area is again attractive to the hotel industry. While in the 19th century all major hotels were in Old Montreal, by 1980 there were none. In 2009 there were about 20, mostly in restored older buildings. A steady stream of tourists and the presence of new residents encourage nightlife and entertainment. In addition, municipal authorities have invested large sums to renew the area's infrastructure. The Place Jacques-Cartier and part of the Place d'Youville have been redesigned, and a restoration of the Place d'Armes is in progress. A lighting plan was also developed to highlight the different façade styles. There is now a consensus that the historical legacy of Old Montreal is its major asset. Aided by redevelopment, it is now the leading tourist destination in Montreal.

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06/23/2014 08:17.33 PM Report This Comment  
  OLD MONTREAL – DAY 2 - part 3
Old Montreal is a major tourist attraction; with some of its buildings dating to the 17th century, it is one of the oldest urban areas in North America. In the eastern part of the old city (near Place Jacques-Cartier) are found Montreal City Hall, Bonsecours Market and Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, as well as preserved colonial mansions such as the Château Ramezay and the Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site of Canada. Further west, Place d'Armes is dominated by Notre-Dame Basilica on its southern side, accompanied by the Saint-Sulpice Seminary (the oldest extant building in Montreal). The other sides of the square are devoted to commerce; to the north is the former Bank of Montreal Head Office and to the west, the Aldred Building and the 1888 New York Life Building, the oldest skyscraper in Canada. The rest of Saint Jacques Street is lined with old bank buildings (like the Old Royal Bank Building) from its heyday as Canada's financial centre. The southwest of the old city contains important archeological remains of Montreal's first settlement (around Place d'Youville and Place Royale) in the Pointe-à-Callière museum. Architecture and cobbled streets in Old Montreal have been maintained or restored to keep the look of the city in its earliest days as a settlement, and horse-drawn calèches help maintain that image. The old town's riverbank is taken up by the Old Port (Vieux-Port), whose maritime facilities are surrounded with recreational space and a variety of museums and attractions. Champ de Mars is a large public space located between Montreal City Hall and the Ville-Marie Expressway. It offers a view of downtown Montreal and Chinatown. It is notable due to its location and its archaeological remains. The two parallel lines of stone are one of the few spots in present-day Montreal where you can still see physical evidence of the fortified settlement from colonial times. Old Montreal is accessible from downtown via the Underground City and is served by several STM bus routes and the Champ-de-Mars, Place-d'Armes, and Square-Victoria metro stations. Ferries to the south shore city of Longueuil are available during the summer, as are a network of bicycle paths.

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06/23/2014 08:13.46 PM Report This Comment  
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OLD MONTREAL – DAY 1 - part 1
Old Montreal (French: Vieux-Montréal) is the oldest area in the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, with few remains dating back to New France. Located in the borough of Ville-Marie, the area is bordered on the west by McGill St., on the north by Ruelle des Fortifications, on the east by Rue Saint Andre and on the south by the Saint Lawrence River. Following recent amendments, the district has been expanded slightly to include the rue des Soeurs Grises in the west, Saint Antoine St. in the north and Saint Hubert Street in the east. It also includes the Old Port of Montreal. Most of Old Montreal was declared an historic district in 1964 by the Ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec. In 1605 Samuel de Champlain set up a fur-trading post at Place Royale, at the confluence of the Saint Laurence River and the long-vanished Petite Rivière St-Pierre, adjacent to present-day Place D'Youville and the Pointe-à-Callière Museum. However, the local Iroquois successfully defended their land and the French abandoned their post. The original site of Montreal in 1642, then known as Ville-Marie, is precisely known. This is the Pointe-à-Callière, a piece of land at the confluence of the St. Lawrence River and Little River. The founder, Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, built a fort in 1643 called Société Notre-Dame de Montréal for the conversion of the Indians in New France. The company was created by the Sulpician Jean-Jacques Olier and by Jérôme Le Royer (Sieur de La Dauversière) in 1642. The Société acquired sovereignty over the island of Montreal and brought the first settlers to house, feed, educate and care for the Amerindians. Because of flooding, they had to cross to the other side of Little River on the north shore where the Soeurs hospitalières (Hospital Sisters) of Montreal (under the direction of Jeanne Mance) built and operated the first hospital (the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal). After the bankruptcy of the Société Notre-Dame, the Sulpicians (who arrived in 1657) became in 1663 the Seigneurs of Montreal as Louis XIV took personal control over the colony. The new system gave them the island of Montreal, with the obligation to live there and ensure its development by cultivating the land. In 1665 the king sent 1,200 men, the Régiment de Carignan-Salières. The Sulpicians organised seigneuries at the centre of the island. François Dollier Casson established the first grid of streets in the colony, from existing trails. These early streets included the Rue Notre-Dame, the Rue Saint-Paul and Rue Saint-Jacques; the original grid is still visible today. Among buildings of the era are the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal, the Saint-Sulpice Old Seminary and Notre Dame Church (replaced later by the Notre-Dame Basilica). In the early 18th century, the name of Montreal (which originally referred to the mountain "Mont-Royale") gradually replaced that of Ville-Marie.

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06/22/2014 07:32.14 PM Report This Comment  
  OLD MONTREAL – DAY 1 - part 2
It had become a typical French colony, in which the initial dream to combine the settlers and Native Americans had vanished. The arrival in 1657 of Marguerite Bourgeoys (who founded the Congregation Notre-Dame), and the arrival of the Jesuits and Recollets in 1692, helped to ensure the Catholic character of the settlement. The original fortifications of Montreal, erected in 1717 by Gaspard Chaussegros de Léry, formed the boundaries of Montreal at the time. The fortifications were constructed to secure the settlement from a British invasion and to allow future expansion inside the walls. Though the walls may have provided security from invasion, they led to a different problem; a large concentration of wooden houses (with fireplaces) was the cause of many devastating fires. In 1721, Montreal received a royal order from France to ban wood construction; buildings were to be constructed using stone, but the ban was never fully respected. Canada (New France) became a British colony in 1763 after the French and Indian War. British rule would radically change the face of Old Montreal. Until the late 18th century the impact was not visible, as construction methods inherited from the French regime continued. However, distrust of the British authorities of the Catholic clergy caused the departure of several from Old Montreal. Another factor changed the appearance of Old Montreal: fires. Wood construction and an increased population density due to the construction of fortifications caused many fires, and conflagrations have reconfigured Old Montreal. The fires of 1765 and 1768 destroyed nearly half the buildings in the old city. In May 1765, fire destroyed about 110 houses before destroying the old Hôtel de Callière and the former General Hospital. In April 1768, 88 houses between rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Hotel Vaudreuil were burned, including the Congregation Notre-Dame convent. In following years, the city was to be rebuilt even more densely. On 6 June 1803 a massive fire destroyed the prison, the church and the dependencies of Jesuits, a dozen houses and the Château Vaudreuil. Two speculators bought the Château's gardens, offered one-third to the city, and divided the rest into seven lots of their own. The city's oldest monument, Nelson's Column, was erected in 1809 on the land given to the city. This space became the new market square, called Marché Neuf (New Market) before assuming its present name of Place Jacques-Cartier in 1845. The space occupied by the church of the Jesuits became the Place Vauquelin, and Montreal City Hall arose from the old Jesuit gardens in 1873. In 1812 a fire destroyed the Mansion House, a luxurious hotel popular with the Beaver Club and which had housed the first public library in Montreal (with over 7,000 volumes). It was replaced by the British-American Hotel, with the city's first permanent theatre (the Royal Theatre built by John Molson, which was visited by Charles Dickens).

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06/22/2014 07:26.27 PM Report This Comment  
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La Fontaine Park (French: Parc La Fontaine) is a 34 ha (84 acres) urban park located in the borough of Le Plateau Mont-Royal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Named in honour of Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, features include two linked ponds with a fountain and waterfalls; the Théâtre de Verdure open-air venue; the Calixa-Lavallée cultural centre, a monument to Adam Dollard des Ormeaux, as well as playing fields and tennis courts. Outdoor swimming pools are a popular attraction during Montreal's hot summer, followed by outdoor ice skating in winter. A children’s zoo ceased operations in 1989. Bike paths run along the park’s western and northern edges. Parc Lafontaine is surrounded by Sherbrooke Street on the South, Parc-La Fontaine Avenue on the West, Rachel Street on the North, and Papineau avenue on the East. La Fontaine Park (formerly Logan Park) is located on the grounds of the old Logan farm. This land was sold in 1845 to the Government of Canada, which then used it for military practice for 40 years. The soldiers of the British garrison housed there and were trained in the surrounding wilderness. The City of Montreal rented part of the Logan farm to create a park that was inaugurated in 1874 under the name "Logan Park". In 1888, the park underwent its first major landscaping work. It was part of the first phase of the development of the city's large nature parks, which also included Mount Royal and St. Helen's Island. Two years later, the greenhouses from Viger Square were moved to the park. This is where all the flowers that adorn the city were grown, until 1952. In 1890, a house was built for the caretaker of the park. For 60 years, it was inhabited by the Superintendent of City Parks, Mr. Bernadet and his family. In 1900, the city dug two basins at different levels, in the center of the park. They were separated by a waterfall over which the French landscape architect Clovis Degrelle built a bridge bridge. Occupying increasing importance to the Francophone population, Logan Park was renamed La Fontaine Park, in 1901, at the time of the St. Jean Baptiste Day parade. The park was named not for its famous fountain, but instead to honor the memory of Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, the first francophone prime minister of the Province of Canada. Three years later, the city expropriated homes on the city block and in the park. In 1909, the federal government donated almost all of the western section.

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06/21/2014 09:05.17 PM Report This Comment  
  part 2
The illuminated fountain, which was designed by Léon Trépanier and commissioned by the Westinghouse Electric Company, was erected in the north basin in 1929. At the same time, the monument in honor of Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine was installed. A few years later, under the direction of Claude Robillard, the director of the Municipal Parks Service, La Fontaine Park was completely redesigned. This also marked the beginning of the construction of the chalet restaurant according to the plans by architect Donat Beaupré (the previous chalet had been destroyed by fire in 1944). The new building is part of an overall plan which includes a central pavilion, a conch for symphony concerts, an amphitheater with a capacity of 4,000 seats, a new bridge and a modification of the two ponds. The greenhouses, caretaker's house, the waterfall and the Grenelle-built bridge were demolished. In 1953 the chalet restaurant was opened by the Mayor of Montreal, Camilien Houde. The Théâtre de Verdure was inaugurated on 8 July 1956. This was also built by Claude Robillard, and was intennded to host outdoor theatrical performances inspired by ancient amphitheatres. In 1965, under the direction of Germaine Dugas, the theatre produced many singers, including among others, Clémence Desrochers, Raymond Lévesque, Pauline Julien and Yvon Deschamps. For over 50 years, the outdoor theatre offered, free cultural programming in a natural setting. For many years the park also hosted the "Garden of Wonders" (French: Jardin des merveilles), a small urban zoo built by the city, which pened on July 5, 1957. The garden closed in 1989. Its buildings were inspired by fables and tales, it had farm animals and other more exotic animals, including its sea lions. Beautification works were initiated in the park in 1990: a new pathway leads visitors to a lookout above the upper pool, while a second lookout, where the works of Michel Goulet can be observed, dominates the lower pond in the axis of Roy Street. The statues of Charles de Gaulle and Félix Leclerc were installed. In 1992, the park came under full legal ownership of the City of Montreal. The park is occupied by many buildings such as the École supérieure du Plateau and Calixa Lavallée pavilion. Over the years, many monuments were added, such as the one dedicated to Adam Dollard des Ormeaux (1920). Today, La Fontaine Park continues to host the Théâtre de Verdure and the Espace La Fontaine cultural café. The park remains one of the best places for a picnic or to skate on the frozen pond in the winter. Statue in honour of Adam Dollard des Ormeaux, created by sculptor Alfred Laliberté and the architect Alphonse Venne (Inaugurated on June 24, 1920). Statue in honour of the former Prime Minister of the Province of Canada, Louis-Hippolyte La Fontaine (inauguration summer 1930) Statue in honour of Quebec writer Félix Leclerc (inaugurated in 1990). Statue in honour of French President and General Charles de Gaulle (inaugurated in 1990).

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06/21/2014 08:54.31 PM Report This Comment  
  part 2
The illuminated fountain, which was designed by Léon Trépanier and commissioned by the Westinghouse Electric Company, was erected in the north basin in 1929. At the same time, the monument in honor of Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine was installed. A few years later, under the direction of Claude Robillard, the director of the Municipal Parks Service, La Fontaine Park was completely redesigned. This also marked the beginning of the construction of the chalet restaurant according to the plans by architect Donat Beaupré (the previous chalet had been destroyed by fire in 1944). The new building is part of an overall plan which includes a central pavilion, a conch for symphony concerts, an amphitheater with a capacity of 4,000 seats, a new bridge and a modification of the two ponds. The greenhouses, caretaker's house, the waterfall and the Grenelle-built bridge were demolished. In 1953 the chalet restaurant was opened by the Mayor of Montreal, Camilien Houde. The Théâtre de Verdure was inaugurated on 8 July 1956. This was also built by Claude Robillard, and was intennded to host outdoor theatrical performances inspired by ancient amphitheatres. In 1965, under the direction of Germaine Dugas, the theatre produced many singers, including among others, Clémence Desrochers, Raymond Lévesque, Pauline Julien and Yvon Deschamps. For over 50 years, the outdoor theatre offered, free cultural programming in a natural setting. For many years the park also hosted the "Garden of Wonders" (French: Jardin des merveilles), a small urban zoo built by the city, which pened on July 5, 1957. The garden closed in 1989. Its buildings were inspired by fables and tales, it had farm animals and other more exotic animals, including its sea lions. Beautification works were initiated in the park in 1990: a new pathway leads visitors to a lookout above the upper pool, while a second lookout, where the works of Michel Goulet can be observed, dominates the lower pond in the axis of Roy Street. The statues of Charles de Gaulle and Félix Leclerc were installed. In 1992, the park came under full legal ownership of the City of Montreal. The park is occupied by many buildings such as the École supérieure du Plateau and Calixa Lavallée pavilion. Over the years, many monuments were added, such as the one dedicated to Adam Dollard des Ormeaux (1920). Today, La Fontaine Park continues to host the Théâtre de Verdure and the Espace La Fontaine cultural café. The park remains one of the best places for a picnic or to skate on the frozen pond in the winter. Statue in honour of Adam Dollard des Ormeaux, created by sculptor Alfred Laliberté and the architect Alphonse Venne (Inaugurated on June 24, 1920). Statue in honour of the former Prime Minister of the Province of Canada, Louis-Hippolyte La Fontaine (inauguration summer 1930) Statue in honour of Quebec writer Félix Leclerc (inaugurated in 1990). Statue in honour of French President and General Charles de Gaulle (inaugurated in 1990).

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06/21/2014 08:53.50 PM Report This Comment  
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The Palais des congrès de Montréal is a convention center located in the Quartier international de Montréal at the north end of Old Montreal in Montreal's borough of Ville-Marie.
The Palais was constructed above the Ville-Marie Expressway, the main underground highway of downtown Montreal. It connects to the Montreal Metro at Place-d'Armes station, and to Montreal's underground city.
The Palais was inaugurated in May 1983. From 1999 to 2002, the Palais underwent an expansion enabling it to double its capacity.
Located in Montréal’s downtown core and linked to 4,000 hotel rooms by indoor walkways, the Palais des congrès de Montréal features 200,000 sq ft (19,000 m2). of exhibition surface area, 65 meeting rooms and 18 loading docks. Located only 20 kilometers from Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, the Palais is accessible by car, public transit, or on foot.
Numerous events are held over the year, such as the Montreal International Auto Show, which draws 200,000 visitors annually.
From November 28 to December 9, 2005, it held the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
In 2009, it was the main venue of the 67th World Science Fiction Convention.

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06/20/2014 08:14.24 PM Report This Comment  
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First known as the Molson Centre when construction was completed in 1996 the arena was renamed the Centre Bell in February of 2002. This new arena replaced the aging Montreal Forum that was built in 1924 and was considered the most storied building in hockey history. Located in downtown Montreal and with a capacity of 21,273 seats the Centre Bell is the largest arena for hockey in North America and one of the most technologically advanced and versatile venues in the world. It’s home to legendary Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club and the headquarters for evenko. Every year, the home of the Montreal Canadiens attracts more than 1 million spectators to their hockey games, while 650,000 people walk through the doors to watch over 120 shows, for a total of 1.5 million spectators. The Centre Bell incorporates cutting-edge technology to ensure the perfect ambience when it comes to sound, comfort, catering and otherwise for any event, whatever its magnitude. Whether it's attending a Canadiens' game, a concert with a world famous artist or a family show, the Centre Bell is clearly at the top of anyone's venue list. Furthermore, the Centre Bell is the perfect place for corporate gatherings and receptions of any kind.

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06/19/2014 06:50.57 PM Report This Comment  
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For over 45 years, the Montréal Planetarium shared its passion for the sky and stars with its visitors, young and old. Today, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, located close to the Biodôme, offers a completely fresh experience of astronomy. Its arrival marks a defining moment in the consolidation of the Space for Life, the world’s first ever site dedicated to both human beings and nature. Together, the Botanical Garden, Insectarium, Biodôme and Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium form the Space for Life, the largest natural sciences museum complex in Canada. With its bold design, the new Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium incorporates the strictest sustainable development criteria. It uses cutting-edge technology to create a unique experience of the universe through two complementary shows – one focused on science, the other more whimsical. Its exhibition, Exo: Our Search for Life in the Universe, enriches this cosmic journey. A true pioneer in the field, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium redefines the very essence of planetariums through its original and innovative approach to astronomy. Get ready for an unforgettable experience! The Montréal Planetarium – formerly known as the Dow Planetarium – was inaugurated on April 1, 1966 by Mr. Jean Drapeau, who was Montréal’s mayor at the time. This event marked the culmination of more than three years of planning and hard work by Dr. Pierre Gendron, who was past professor of chemistry and founding Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Ottawa, and an avid amateur astronomer. At the time, Dr. Gendron was also president of the board of directors of Dow Breweries, which later became O’Keefe Breweries (since then absorbed by Molson Breweries). It was through his impetus that Dow Breweries decided to endow Montréal with a world class planetarium, add to the city’s touristic appeal, and to the Montréal Universal and International Exposition of 1967, Expo 67. Plans for the Planetarium were developed by the architectural firm of David-Barott-Boulva. The innovative design echoed an astronomical theme, evidenced by the exterior of the dome, which resembled Saturn surrounded by its rings. The Planetarium was built at a cost of $1.2 million and located on Chaboillez Square, which once served as a parking area. The building and projection equipment were completed in February 1966, and the inaugural show, New Skies for a New City, premiered on April 4, 1966. Between 1966 and 2011, some six million spectators attended over 250 original productions created by the Planetarium to bring the fascinating universe of astronomy and space exploration to the masses. A renewal of the Planetarium became necessary to modernize its facilities and equipment in order to incorporate the latest technological innovations. Another imperative was added: to move the Planetarium closer to the institutions of the Space for Life in order to consolidate this museum complex.

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06/18/2014 08:02.30 PM Report This Comment  
  part 2
Furthermore, the Space for Life commitment to sustainable development demanded a building constructed in accordance with these principles. When it opened in April 1966, the Dow Planetarium offered the people of Montréal and Québec a revolutionary approach to astronomy. In April 2013, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, built close to the Biodôme, picks up the baton and innovates again, breaking new ground in terms of its architecture, technology and visitor experience. In keeping with the movement initiated by the Space for Life, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium boldly forges ahead with a view to bringing humans closer to nature.
You will never get closer to the stars than this!
The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium invites you to experience the Universe like never before! Going beyond scientific knowledge, it draws on creativity and the most up-to-date technology in a fascinating encounter of science and emotion. Inside, two theatres of immersion offer an unconventional setting for a planetarium. Two different complementary experiences are offered: one in a poetic vain, and the other, with a scientific outlook on our Universe. This shows the Space for Life's desire to introduce a new vision of astronomy, by offering a permanent creative space in its new planetarium. The creative Montreal tandem of Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon were charged with the artistic direction of the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. On the strength of their knowledge of new technology and their experience designing bold new shows, these multidisciplinary artists have presented a truly original vision, in which art and science are closely connected. On their impulse, the Chaos and Milky Way theatres propel visitors into a new universe.
A breathtaking meeting of technology, art and science!

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06/18/2014 07:59.39 PM Report This Comment  
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Inaugurated in 1847, Marché Bonsecours is acknowledged as one of Canada's ten finest heritage buildings and has become an essential stop on any visit to Old Montréal. Headquarters of the Conseil des métiers d'art du Québec (Québec Crafts Council), the Marché houses 15 boutiques featuring top-quality “made in Québec” creations: crafts, fashions, accessories and jewellery, design items, reproduction Quebec furniture and more. Its restaurants and their terraces are opened during warm weather and offer local fare. You can even share a meal in the 17th century ambiance of the famous Cabaret du Roy. The Marché is seven days a week starting at 10 a.m. Hall Rental: Different halls are available to rent. They are suitable for events of all kinds, from banquets to trade fairs, launches, meetings, weddings and press conferences, for example.

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06/17/2014 07:09.26 PM Report This Comment  
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The Biosphère, an Architectural masterpiece and symbol of Expo 67, is a museum in Montreal dedicated to the environment. It is located at Parc Jean-Drapeau, on Île Sainte-Hélène in the former pavilion of the United States for the 1967 World Fair Expo 67. The architect of the geodesic dome was Buckminster Fuller. The building originally formed an enclosed structure of steel and acrylic cells, 76 metres (250 ft) in diameter and 62 metres (200 ft) high. The dome is a Class 1, Frequency 16 Icosahedron. A complex system of shades was used to control its internal temperature. Architects from Golden Metak Productions designed the interior exhibition space. Visitors had access to four themed platforms divided into seven levels. The building included a 37-metre-long escalator, the longest ever built at the time. The Minirail monorail ran through the pavilion. In the afternoon of 20 May 1976, during structural renovations, a fire burned away the building's transparent acrylic bubble, but the hard steel truss structure remained. The site remained closed until 1990. In August, 1990, Environment Canada purchased the site for $17.5 million to turn it into an interactive museum showcasing and exploring the water ecosystems of the Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence River regions. The museum was inaugurated in 1995 as a water museum, and is a set of enclosed buildings designed by Éric Gauthier, inside the original steel skeleton. The Biosphère changed its name in 2007 to become an environment museum. It offers interactive activities and presents exhibitions about the major environmental issues related to water, climate change, air, ecotechnologies and sustainable development. The structure was used prominently in the original Battlestar Galactica television series episode "Greetings from Earth". Scenes for Robert Altman's post-apocalyptic ice age film Quintet were shot on site as well.

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06/16/2014 09:06.18 PM Report This Comment  
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The Casino de Montréal is a casino located on the Île Notre-Dame in Montreal, Quebec. It is the largest casino in Canada, The casino is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to patrons aged 18 and older. It opened October 9, 1993. The casino consists of three interconnected buildings. Two of these, the French Pavilion and the Québec Pavilion, were built for Expo 67. The third is an annex built by the casino. The main building has six floors, in addition to the annex and the secondary building (with four floors). Within the three structures there are over 3200 slot machines, over 115 gaming tables, Keno facilities, and large number of speed lotteries and virtual games. The casino also contains four restaurants, three bars, a cabaret, and meeting and banquet facilities. The casino is famous for its unconventional features, such as its numerous windows and low ceilings.It has been a non-smoking casino since July 2003, and the former smoking lounges were closed in May 2006 with the passing of a new provincial law.
For those of you who have asked if mom has been to all these places – Mom went to every Pavilion at Expo 67 and still has her stamped passport to show for it, but has not once went to the Casino since things have been rebuilt.

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06/15/2014 06:42.32 PM Report This Comment  
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La Ronde is an amusement park in Montreal, Quebec. It is the largest in Quebec and receives about 1.2 million visitors per year. The park is under an emphyteutic lease with the City of Montreal, which expires in 2065. It is on 146 acres (59.1 ha) located on the eastern tip of Saint Helen's Island. The park hosts L’International des Feux Loto-Québec, a highly regarded international fireworks competition. LaRonde was originally constructed as part of Expo67, the immensely successful Montreal World's Fair held in the summer of 1967. When the Expo site reopened in the summer of 1968 as Terre des Hommes, or Man and his World, La Ronde became a permanent amusement park. It continued to be a summertime attraction even after Terre des Hommes closed permanently in 1981. La Ronde was owned and administered by the City of Montreal until it was sold to Six Flags, an American theme park chain, in a deal completed on May 4, 2001. It acquired all of the assets of the park for $20 million USD and have a long-term contract to lease the land from the city. Before the announcement of the Six Flags purchase, the city had considered offers from other bidders including Paramount Parks, Cedar Fair, and Parc Astérix. Since then Six Flags has invested around $90 million in new rides and improvements, such as Le Vampire, Splash, Le Goliath and Ednör - L'Attaque as well as a new main entrance.La Ronde has a Nintendo-sponsored video game centre with the latest Nintendo video games and attractions. Since 2009, the former 3D theatre housed Nintendo DS and Wii consoles, advertisements and a Nintendo Store. In May 2002, La Ronde announced the installation of a Bolliger & Mabillard inverted roller coaster called Le Vampire, hich was the first major investment by Six Flags. It is a clone of the "Batman - The Ride" roller coasters found at many other Six Flags parks. In May 2006, La Ronde opened its ninth roller coaster, The Goliath, a 53-metre (174 ft) high Bolliger & Mabillard mega coaster. It reaches speeds of 110 km/h (68 mph), making it the third tallest and the third fastest roller coaster in Canada.Also in 2007, La Ronde celebrated its 40th anniversary.

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06/14/2014 08:38.04 PM Report This Comment  
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As a special event, Le Galopant, the oldest galloping merry-go-round in the world, was installed in the park. It had been an attraction in use at Expo 67. In January 2009, La Ronde announced its intention to become a Six Flags branded park, using the rights to Warner Bros. and DC Comics trademarks under the licensing agreement with Six Flags. Le Vampire, a mirror image of Batman: The Ride constructed in 2002, carries no association to the Batman media franchise because the licence with Warner Bros. and DC Comics is not valid in unbranded Six Flags parks. It is yet unknown if Le Vampire will be re-branded to Batman: The Ride once the branding of the park commences. The Serial Thriller, a Vekoma Suspended Looping Coaster that used to be located at the now defunct Six Flags AstroWorld, has been shipped to La Ronde from the Great Escape, another Six Flags property where it lay in storage since 2005. The roller coaster, which opened in 1999 at Six Flags AstroWorld, has been installed over the Lac des Dauphins at the park for the 2010 season and is named Ednör - L'Attaque. It features special effects and theming from an alleged sea monster that was reported to have appeared in the Lac des Dauphins. On March 9, 2010, La Ronde announced that Terminator X: A Laser Battle for Salvation, an interactive laser-tag attraction themed around the Terminator series, will also be featured in the park for the 2010 season.On January 19, 2012, Six Flags announced Vol Ultime at La Ronde; it is similar to the SkyScreamers and it will be 45-metre (148 ft) tall. In 2013, the park opened Aqua Twist. On August 29, 2013, Six Flags announced the addition of Demon, a top spin ride, with flips, spins, and sixteen water jets for the 2014 season.

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06/14/2014 08:33.43 PM Report This Comment  
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06/13/2014 11:18.09 AM Report This Comment  
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The Olympic Stadium (French: Stade Olympique de Montréal) is a multi-purpose stadium in Canada, located in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district of Montreal, Quebec. Built in the mid-1970s as the main venue for the 1976 Summer Olympics, it is nicknamed "The Big O," a reference to both its name and to the doughnut-shape of the permanent component of the stadium's roof. "The Big Owe" name has also been used to reference the astronomical cost of the stadium and the 1976 Olympics as a whole. The stadium is the largest by seating capacity in Canada. After the Olympics, artificial turf was installed and it became the home of Montreal's professional baseball and football teams. The Alouettes of the CFL moved their regular season games to a smaller venue in 1998, but use Olympic Stadium for playoff and Grey Cup games. Following the 2004 baseball season, the Expos relocated to Washington, D.C., leaving the stadium without a main tenant, and with a history of financial and structural problems, it is largely seen as a white elephant. The stadium currently serves as a multipurpose facility for special events (e.g. concerts, trade shows) with a seating capacity of 65,255. The Impact of Major League Soccer (MLS) use the venue on occasion, when larger capacity is needed or when the weather restricts outdoor play in the spring months.Incorporated into the north base of the stadium is the Montreal Tower, the world's tallest inclined tower at 175 metres (574 ft). The stadium and Olympic Park grounds border Maisonneuve Park, which includes the Montreal Botanical Garden, adjacent to the west across Rue Sherbrooke.The stadium was designed by French architect Roger Taillibert to be a very elaborate facility featuring a retractable roof, the design of the stadium resembles to the Osaka 1970 World Expo Australian pavilion which was to be opened and closed by a huge 175-metre (574 ft) tower – the tallest inclined structure in the world, and the sixth tallest structure in Montreal.

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06/12/2014 05:39.57 PM Report This Comment  
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The Olympic swimming pool is located under this tower. An Olympic velodrome (since converted to the Montreal Biodome, an indoor nature museum) was situated at the base of the tower in a building similar in design to the swimming pool. The building was built as the main stadium for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games. The stadium was host to various events including the opening and closing ceremonies, athletics, football finals, and the team jumping equestrian events. The building's design is cited as a masterpiece of Organic Modern architecture. Taillibert based the building on plant and animal forms, aiming to include vertebral structures with sinewy or tentacles, while still following the basic plans of Modern architecture. The stadium was originally slated to be finished in 1972, but the grand opening was cancelled due to a construction workers strike. Further delays ensued due to the stadium's unusual design. As a result, the stadium and tower remained unfinished at the opening of the 1976 Olympic Games.The roof languished in a warehouse in France until 1982, and only in 1987 were the tower and roof completed. It would be another year before the 66 tonnes, 5,500 m2 (59,000 sq ft) Kevlar roof could retract. Even then, it could not be used in winds above 40 km/h (25 mph). As it was prone to tearing during high winds, the roof was kept closed starting in 1992.When construction on the stadium's tower resumed after the 1976 Olympics, a multi-story observatory was added to the plan, accessible via a funicular that travels 266 metres (873 ft) along the curved tower's spine. The funicular cabin ascends from base of the tower to upper deck in less than two minutes at a rate of 2.8 m/s (6.3 mph), with space for 76 persons per trip and a capacity of 500 persons per hour. The cabin is designed to remain level throughout its trip, while providing a panoramic view to its passengers.
The funicular faces north-east, offering a view to the north, south and east. It overlooks the Olympic Village, the Biodome, the Botanical Gardens and Saputo Stadium. The Olympic Park, the stadium's suspended roof and downtown Montreal can be viewed from the south-west facing Observatory at the top of the tower.

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06/12/2014 05:37.18 PM Report This Comment  
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The Lachine Canal (Canal de Lachine in French) is a canal passing through the southwestern part of the Island of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, running 14.5 kilometres from the Old Port of Montreal to Lake Saint-Louis, through the boroughs of Lachine, Lasalle and Sud-Ouest. The canal gets its name from the French word for China (La Chine). The European explorers dreamt of finding a route from New France to the Western Sea and there on to China[2] and hence auspiciously the region where the canal was built was named Lachine. The canal, due to the continuous disposal of industrial waste, has the prevalence of harmful substances,[3] although the water quality is said to be good.Work on the canal commenced on July 17, 1821 under Chief Engineer Thomas Burnett and Construction Engineer John Richardson. The original canal was 14 km. long and had seven locks, each 30 m long, 6m wide and 1.5 m deep. The Lachine Canal which was inaugurated in 1824 and opened to navigation in 1825. The new canal officially opened in 1825, helping turn Montreal into a major port and eventually attracting industry to its banks when the Society of Sulpician Order decided to sell lots.During the 1840s, the Lachine Canal was deepened to allow heavier ships to pass through and hydraulic power was introduced to the industries located on its banks. Through the enlargement of the canal, its use changed from solely a means of avoiding the Lachine rapids to that of an industrial region within Montreal. There were two major effects on the development of Montreal due to the enlargement of the Lachine Canal. The first was that by creating a route that bypassed the Lachine rapids and therefore opened the upper St Lawrence River to navigation, Montreal became a more convenient area for trade, effectively taking away shipping traffic from Quebec City and moving it to Montreal. The second important shift that can be noted through the growth and development of the canal is the creation of industrial suburbs. Before the Lachine Canal, Montreal’s industrial region was located in what would be considered the downtown area. The impact of the Lachine Canal on Montreal during the mid to late 19th century can be seen through the emergence of new working-class neighbourhoods such as Griffintown, St Henri, Pointe St Charles. Furthermore, the population of Montreal grew by over four times between the middle of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.

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06/11/2014 08:09.30 PM Report This Comment  
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One of the main reasons behind the growth of the Lachine Canal region was the access to hydraulic power which was provided through the deepening of canal in the 1840s. Throughout the mid to late 19th century, industries all along the banks of canal experienced consistent growth through the access to this energy source. However, by the end of the 19th century, factories began to utilize steam powered factories as opposed to hydraulic power. Although this switch did not initially affect the Lachine canal region in a negative manner, factories were no longer dependent on the canal as an energy source. Industries now had the option of building further and further away from the canal itself, which was also helped by the development of a railway system throughout Montreal’s industrial region. However, while the Lachine Canal proved an enormous boom for Montreal and the Province of Quebec, time would show that for Canada's Maritime Provinces, it was the first major nail in that region's economic coffin.The first enlargements took place between 1843 and 1848, under the supervision of Alfred Barrett. Five new locks, each 61 m long, 13.5 m wide and 2.7 m deep replaced the original seven locks. A second enlargement of the canal took place between 1873 and 1885 at which time the locks were lengthened to 82 m and deepened to 4.3 m.The canal continued to operate successfully until around 1950, but now, surrounded by the industrial developments which it helped to create, it could not be expanded further to cope with the continuing increase in vessel size. The canal became obsolete in the second half of the 20th century, being replaced by the St. Lawrence Seaway, which opened in 1959. The canal was finally closed to shipping in 1970. The opening of the Seaway and the decline of shipping on the canal led to the devastation of the neighbourhoods that lined the canal in Montreal's Le Sud-Ouest borough due to shifting patterns of industrial development and shipping.In 2002, the Lachine Canal was reopened as a pleasure boating area, despite environmental concerns about heavy industrial contamination of its bottom, and the banks of the canal were redeveloped. An environmental reclamation project continues to clean up old oil spills. The banks of the canal offer bicycling and roller blading. Parks Canada offers guided tours of the canal by foot, bicycle, and boat during the summer months.

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06/11/2014 08:05.43 PM Report This Comment  
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After a scenic Pirate Ship Adventure, something I never before did in my life, and I must admit I LOVED it, we docked at the Old Port Harbour, and it is here I will continue my campaign…
Montreal Old Port is the historic city center of the capital of Quebec. It is situated between the downtown skyscrapers and the Saint Lawrence River in Montreal. Located in Old Montreal, it stretches for over two kilometres along the St-Lawrence River in Old Montreal. It was used as early as 1611, when French fur traders used it as a trading post.This popular tourist destination along the Montreal waterfront is also a highly popular gathering place for residents of the city who also enjoy the restaurants, cafes, boutiques, galleries, and lovely architecture. One of the great appeals of the Vieux Port in Montreal is that you are able to explore it on foot with great ease. You can walk through the cobblestone streets and witness some of the most historic buildings in the city, including those built around the time of Montreal’s founding in 1642. From historic churches, museums, and monuments, to bustling cafes, restaurants, and public gathering places, the Montreal Old Port is easily one of the most exciting places to spend time in this city.This section of town is the excellent venue for sipping a latte or glass of wine, taking in the wonderful gastronomy of the city, and watching throngs of people walk by. It is estimated that over 5 million people visit this tourist attraction along the Montreal waterfront each and every year. As you sit and enjoy yourself at one of the cafes or restaurants, you can watch as ferries cross the Saint Lawrence River in Montreal to the Parc del Iles, the site of the 1967 International and Universal Exposition. One obvious benefit of unwinding in the Montreal Old Port is the beautiful scenery of the ferries, yachts, and motorboats skimming across the gorgeous Saint Lawrence. The boats, quays, and overall atmosphere of the Montreal waterfront in the Old Port is unique in the city.

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06/10/2014 09:10.47 PM Report This Comment  
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The Montreal Old Port is a center for arts and entertainment for both Montrealers and tourists alike. It is not only restaurants, bars, cafes, and boutiques you will discover in this part of town, but also a Science and Technology Center, a large, open-air ice rink, an IMAX cinema, and seemingly countless buildings and monuments that hearken back to the time when the Montreal Old Port was fortified with walls. Many of the oldest and most engaging examples of Montreal architecture and history can be unearthed within the confines of this enviable part of the city. Depending on the season, there are many more family-oriented activities, including swimming, boating, biking, and more. Really, activities reveal themselves to first-time visitors of the Vieux Port easily.In June 2012, an urban beach, called the Plage de l'Horloge (Clock Beach), opened adjacent to the Clock Tower. The beach consists of sand, Adirondack chairs, a boardwalk, a bar, showers and misting stations. Visitors are charged a fee for admission. Work began on the site in the fall of 2011, including the installation of parasols. The beach was designed by Claude Cormier, who has also designed urban beaches in Toronto.The Old Port of Montreal changed its name to The Quays of the Old Port of Montreal in 2005. Every 2 years the Cirque du Soleil launches a new show from the Jacques Cartier Quay.There are important remnants of Montreal’s past interspersed with a wonderful selection of modern amenities and accommodations including restaurants and hotels. You can stay in the Vieux Port and enjoy an authentic and unique cultural experience while also being within close range of plenty of accommodations, great cafes, interesting museums, and attractions for the entire family. Nighttime is especially beautiful in the Montreal Old Port when the lights illuminate the facades of the historical buildings and gorgeous hotels and homes.

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06/10/2014 09:04.56 PM Report This Comment  
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I had a request for a Pirate Ship Adventure – LET’S DO IT! Tomorrow morning 6AM EDT we set sail… every birdy is welcome. We have to be back in Montreal the following day so I can continue my campaign. I have never sailed before so I am counting on you all to take care of things. I got a hold of a ship I think is more than adequate in size…
"What river is this?" asked Jacques Cartier of his Indian guide as he looked on the St. Lawrence.
"A river without end," the Indian replied. And so it seems, as this cruise explores the staggering variety of one of the world's great rivers.
Along its course you'll experience the numerous attractions and extraordinary scenery of the Upper St. Lawrence. Quebec City, Canada's showpiece, provides the venue for the beginning or end of your cruise.
Here you can experience the world charm and grace of "Old" Europe. You will encounter Quebec City's unparalleled joie de vivre (love of life) found nowhere else in North America. Enjoy Old Quebec (the only walled city in North America) with its massive ramparts still bolstering the Plains of Abraham; and behold the imperial green-roofed towers of the legendary Chateau Frontenac. En route you will discover the magic of the Thousand Islands, the deep historical roots of "Loyalist Brockville" and the unique living community of Upper Canada Village. Between Montreal and Quebec City there are the "grassy Battures", rich mudflat home to myriad species of birds. You will pass the "Segnieury" areas, the prominent village cathedrals of Quebec, and witness the awesome cliffs stretching up to the historic Plains of Abraham.

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06/09/2014 07:24.12 PM Report This Comment  
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Pointe-à-Callière, a recognized national historical and archaeological site, leads visitors through centuries of history, from the times when Natives camped here to the present day. The Museum opened in 1992, the result of over 10 years of digs. It showcases major archaeological discoveries made on this site starting in the 1980s. Set on a site bearing evidence of over 1,000 years of human activities and on the very birthplace of Montréal, Pointe-à-Callière houses and protects remarkable archaeological remains, displayed in situ with absolute respect for their integrity. On May 17, 1642, on a point of land at the confluence of the St. Lawrence and another, smaller river, Father Vimont held a mass celebrating the founding of Montréal, attended by Sieur de Maisonneuve, Jeanne Mance and their companions. On May 17, 1992, on the very same site, Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History, opened its doors. Until the Museum opened, only historians knew about the "Pointe à Callière," so named because it was here that Chevalier Louis Hector de Callière, third governor of Montréal, had a home built in 1688. Today, the point has actually become part of the shoreline of the Island of Montréal, but its name lives on and is better known than ever, thanks to the Museum.The Museum was founded as part of celebrations to mark Montréal’s 350th birthday, and owes its existence largely to the significant archaeological discoveries made on the site during the 1980s. In fact, the Museum and its site are inextricably linked. Rising above evidence of more than 1,000 years of human activity, it houses remarkable architectural remains, displayed in situ with absolute respect for their integrity. Pointe-à-Callière is the only sizeable archaeology museum in Canada. The hundreds of artifacts it houses are grouped into six main sections: the Éperon, a modern building that has won many architectural awards; the archaeological crypt on the lower level; the renovated Ancienne-Douane building (Montréal’s first Custom House), the Youville Pumping Station, the Archaeological Field School and the Mariners' House. The museum of a site, a history and a city, Pointe-à-Callière delves into the past to foster a debate on urban issues both local and global, and to encourage visitors to reflect on the future.Pointe-à-Callière: recognized as a historical and archaeological site of national importance ...by Canada On May 17, 1998, to mark the 6th anniversary of Pointe-à-Callière, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada unveiled a plaque commemorating "the site which gave birth to Montréal.” This tribute to the national historic importance of the Pointe à Callière site also saluted the restoration and development work done by the Museum.

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06/08/2014 09:13.14 PM Report This Comment  
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For this “little island” of land holds symbols that tell of the growth and development of a city that for many years was Canada’s metropolis. ...and by Quebec The anniversary of the Museum and of the founding of Montréal, on May 17, 1999, was also an opportunity for the Quebec Department of Culture et des Communications (MCCQ) to officially classify the Pointe à Callière site as an important historic and archaeological site for all of Quebec. These two tributes come as formal recognition of the heritage significance of these sites and of the Museum itself.
The Where Montréal Was Born permanent exhibition takes visitors to the heart of an authentic archaeological site: Montréal’s birthplace. The unusual underground route covering six centuries of history, from the times when Natives camped here to the present day, is an emotion-packed look at the very essence of a city born over 360 years ago. Step back in time, as you follow a trail marked with archaeological remains and artifacts revealing the different incarnations of this site over the centuries. See Montréal’s first Catholic cemetery (1643-1654), brought to light during extensive archaeological digs in 1989. It is the oldest man-made structure directly associated with the city’s founding. Your tour starts in the remains of the Royal Insurance Building (1861-1951), which housed Montréal’s Customs office from 1871 to 1917. Architect Dan Hanganu drew his inspiration for the Museum’s triangular footprint from that building. Discover the legendary Royal Insurance building, explore its fascinating history and have fun with an interactive module set amidst the remains. Throughout these remains, the visitor learns about the history of this site from the Amerindian period to the 20th century and discovers the first catholic cemetery (1643). Families will also find spaces reserved especially for them where they can learn about the ways of life of the St. Lawrence Iroquoians and the various roles of women, men, and children, as well as on tool-making, games, and the recipe for sagamite. Along the way, you’ll cross through an imposing vaulted stone tunnel, where the Little Saint-Pierre River once flowed, and see how it was converted into a collector sewer from 1832-1838. In the archaeological crypt, don’t miss the huge interactive fresco that portrays the expansion of Montréal’s harbour in the 1840s. Nearby, in addition to five superb models showing how the city’s core evolved over the centuries, you’ll find the Market Day projection. Relive a market day in 1750, with virtual characters in scenes recalling daily life as it once played out here in the town’s main public square.

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