Maison Papineau: Louis-Joseph Papineau

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One of the great French Canadian nationalists was Louis-Joseph Papineau who was born in Montréal on the 7th of October, 1786 and died on the 25th of September, 1871 at the age of 85. It is interesting to read a letter written by his son, Louis J.A. Papineau, dated the 10th of May, 1894 to […]

Maison George Étienne Cartier

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Maison George Étienne Cartier One of the “must see” sites in Montréal is Maison George Étienne Cartier. The property located at 458-460 rue Notre Dame Est is today considered a National Historic Site in memory of George Étienne Cartier. This building also gives us an idea of how life was enjoyed by the “bourgeois” class […]

Montréal, the Americans and Benjamin Franklin

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I don’t think many of us “cyberspace folk” realize that the forces of the American Revolution invaded Canada in 1775 when the British were in control. On a Sunday November 12th, 1775 the Americans, under the leadership of Major General Richard Montgomery landed on the Island of Montreal. Four delegates were chosen to represent the […]

Montreal, Canada – General Info

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I could write a book just to fill this section, but here are the basics. Check this section every month for new info. Quirky Facts Montreal is the second largest French-speaking city on Earth (after Paris). People from Montreal are called “Montrealais”. Geography Montreal is actually an island. The main water frontage is the St. […]

Montréal’s Spectacular Mountain – Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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From just about anywhere in Montréal you can view one of the city’s most famous landmarks, “Parc Mont Royal” or, as the locals call it, “la Montagne” – the Mountain. In 1535 the famous French explorer, Jacques Cartier made his way to the top of the mountain following the lead of the Iroquois inhabitants. According […]