A History of Canada by Montreal Metro

Discovering Canadian History One Station at a Time

Pie-IX

Some days are better than others, and 19 September 1967 seems to have been more hectic than most. I am bringing together my notes on Pie-IX, the large north-south boulevard … Continue reading

July 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sherbrooke

Today is the 4 July and therefore Independence Day in the United States. As it happens, I was in Pittsburgh earlier this week and so, except for Quebec’s Fête Nationale on 24 … Continue reading

July 4, 2014 · 2 Comments

St Laurent

Apologies once again for the infrequent posts. Looming penury at the beginning of the year has been happily solved by a good deal of teaching; alas, this means less time … Continue reading

May 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

From St Michel, General Amherst’s Spruce Beer

When an unknown farmer in the 1760s named the road from the centre of the island to the Récollets land at the rapids in the rivière de Prairies “montée St … Continue reading

March 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Un accident cause …

  The other week the metro was suspended in the middle of the evening rush hour. Some unfortunate had found it all too much and felt that the swiftest conveyance … Continue reading

March 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Verdun

When I set out for Canada in December 2011, my friend Charlotte, hungover from a ‘Spurs victory the day before, asked me over a diet coke in a London pub, … Continue reading

December 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Crémazie

The bookstore is dead, or so we are told, displaced by Amazon, and hollowed out by the parasitic succubi of the coffeeshop and the home accessory. The bookstore is reborn, … Continue reading

December 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

I am Jean Talon

With Université de Montréal, I completed a full tour of the four sections I have divided Canadian history into, New France, British Rule, Confederation to WWII, and WWII to the … Continue reading

November 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Université de Montréal

The tower of the of the Univerisité de Montréal’s Pavillion Roger Gaudry is one of the more imposing structures on the north side of Mount-Royal, an ivory tower in all … Continue reading

November 25, 2013 · 3 Comments

Plamondon

It often seems that art in Canada did not begin until the early twentieth century, as if the innovations of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven were painting itself … Continue reading

November 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

Atwater

At first glance, Atwater seems to tell the dullest history on the metro system. Edwin Atwater emigrated from Vermont in 1830; established himself with his brother, Albert, as a painter … Continue reading

November 10, 2013 · 2 Comments

D’Iberville

After the predations of Frontenac and Cadillac, New France could be forgiven for looking for an honest man; in Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville et d’Ardillères it almost found one. In … Continue reading

November 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Berri-UQAM, formerly Berri-de Montigny

Originally opened as Berri-de Montigny, this station had its feet firmly planted in New France, until in 1988, it took in the university which is one of the products and … Continue reading

October 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Charlevoix

Remembered by Voltaire his former student at the Collège Louis-le-Grand for being a “bit longwinded”, the great philosophe bought all the books of Pierre-François-Xavier Charlevoix, not least his Histoire et … Continue reading

October 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Cadillac

History has been kind to Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, his fame and crest borne on by the high-end cars built in the city he founded. It … Continue reading

October 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Frontenac

The only son of Anne Phélypeaux de Pontcharterain, the daughter of one Secretary of State and the niece of another, Louis de Buade de Frontenac, godson of Louis XIII was … Continue reading

October 6, 2013 · 2 Comments

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Copyright Samuel Wood 2012 unless otherwise stated. Metro Maps copyright STM 1997-2012 and used under licence: http://www.stm.info/en-bref/developpeurs-licence.htm
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