Montréal

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View of Montreal from Mount Royal
View of downtown Montréal from Mount Royal. August 2001.



Oratoire St Joseph
Oratoire St Joseph. August 2001.



Field level at Olympic Stadium
Field level at Olympic Stadium. August 2001.



Vieux Montreal
The market building in Old Montréal. August 2001.



View of Montreal from Olympic Stadium
View towards downtown Montréal from the tower of Olympic Stadium. August 2001.



Cross on Mount Royal
Cross on summit of Mount Royal. August 2001.



Vieux Montreal
A street corner in Old Montréal. August 2001.



Notre Dame
Notre Dame cathedral in Old Montréal. August 2001.



Former US pavillion at Expo
Former US pavillion at Expo 67. August 2001.



Oratoire St Joseph
Small chapel on the grounds of the Oratoire St Joseph. August 2001.



Olympic Stadium
Olympic Stadium and former velodrome. August 2001.



Hôtel de Ville
Hôtel de Ville de Montréal in Old Montréal. August 2001.



Introduction

In the 1960's and 1970's, Montréal reflected the optimism of the period. It was the largest and most alive city in Canada. In 1967, the city hosted the Expo 67 world's fair, and in 1976, the Summer Olympics.

So what happened?

In the mid 1970's, the Quebec separatist movement received a big boost with the election of the Parti Quebecois to the provincial parliament. As a result of restrictive language policies, hundreds of thousands of people fled the province, many moving to Toronto. Even the headquarters of the Bank of Montréal moved to Toronto!

Today, Montréal is still a city worth visiting. Things like the "old city", the former Olympic facilities, and Mount Royal attract many tourists.

Our Visit

We went to Montréal since Hans wanted to visit the Canadian Railway Museum south of the city. Since there was a blues festival that weekend, Sylvana wanted to stay for a couple of days.

We stayed at Travelodge, which is a popular choice due to its budget prices. Our room was small, with two single beds. Although that's unusual by North American standards, some people like to compare Montréal with European cities.

The public transit system is quite good. We kept our car parked at the hotel and either walked or took public transit everywhere. We purchased day passes, which made travel on the system easier. The subway, the Métro, is comfortable and efficient, with trains running on rubber tires.

We arrived about noon, and first walked down through Chinatown to the old city. We spent the afternoon exploring the old city. Later, after visiting a couple of downtown churches, we stopped at a deli for a dinner of smoked meat sandwiches. The deli looked like it hadn't changed in fifty years! We then took the Metro up to Parc Ahuntsic for FestiBlues, an outdoor blues festival.

The next morning, we took the Metro to the Olympic Park where we took the tour of the stadium, and viewed the city from the observation level of the tower. After lunch, we visited the Oratoire St Joseph at the other end of the city, and then Mount Royal. We then took the Metro over for a quick visit to Île Ste Hélène.