We decided to venture by car into Montreal today. Thank goodness for GPS. Can be very confusing and traffic is congested, but John did a good job finding sites we wanted to visit. Montreal's motto is "Salvation through Harmony". The city's emblem features symbols of its earliest settlers:
a fleur de lis for the French,a rose for the English, a shamrock for the Irish and a thistle for the Scottish. I am ashamed to admit that I did not realize Montreal is an Ile lying at the confluence of the Ottawa and St Lawrence rivers. It is the largest city in the Quebec Province.
|View of Montreal|
|Jacques Cartier Avenue|
|Side Street Historic Area|
|Street Vendors and Flowerpots|
|Palace of Justice|
|Remains of Citadel|
We concentrated in the area of historic Montreal as we wanted to see the ruins from the Citadel destroyed by the British in 1821 to allow for the existence of Notre Dame Street. It was built by the French in 1690.
After walking on Jacques Cartier street which is the scene of many cafes and artisans, we returned to our car for the drive to Montreal Tower.
Parking is very expensive. Minimum in lots is $16. Even parking kiosks for bicycles. There are many cyclists in the city. In comparing Montreal to Quebec City, would have to say we like QC much better for sightseeing and accessibility.
The Montreal Tower is located northeast of the city in Olympic Parc It is the highest inclined tower in the world with a 175 metre elevation and 45 degree angle. The first 92 metres are concrete and the rest of steel. You reach the Observatory by funicular in 2 minutes. It was open to the public in 1987. The cost for seniors is $20/ea and parking is $12. Having done it not sure it is worth the cost. It does afford views of the city and area.
|Side View of Tower|
|View From Tower Of 76 Olympic Grounds|
|View of L'Ile Sainte Helene|
|Another View of Olympic Venue|
|Caulking the Windows|
|There they are|
|View of Botanical Gardens|
Upon entering the parade ground a demonstration by the 78th Fraser Highlanders was taking place followed with a rifle display by the soldiers of New France .
|French Rifle Display|
|Firing of the Guns|
The Stewart Museum was founded in 1955 and has been located in the complex since 1963. It features artifacts from 5 centuries, archival documents, rare books and an extensive cartography collection.
The Cartography collection has world, polar, celestial maps and much more. stewart-museum/org
We were scheduled to depart Montreal on the 6th for Toronto, but realized it was much too far for a day's drive so decided to leave here on the 4th and spend 2 nights enroute. Could not find a campground near Kingston so decided to go to Ottawa for 2 nights. Cuts about 150 miles off the drive in one day. Found a campground near Ottawa, the Park Grove Campground.