A History of Canada by Montreal Metro

Discovering Canadian History One Station at a Time

Papineau receives a flawed argument

In 1835, Lord Glenelg, Secretary of State for War and the Colonies, offered perhaps the most hilarious argument for not reforming the constitution of Lower Canada. 69. It must be recollected … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Plamondon Updates His Status and the First Fête du Saint Jean-Baptiste

On 10 June 1836, Le Canadien published what might be considered the nineteenth-century equivalent of a status update. “M. Plamondon, artist, respectfully informs the public and his friends, that at … Continue reading

April 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Papineau and the Cholera Epidemic of 1832

With the arrival of cholera in Montreal in June 1832, many people left the city for the country to escape the disease. Papineau though decided to stay. Here, he writes … Continue reading

April 5, 2015 · 1 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 Récollets land on the rapids in the rivière de Prairies the montée St … Continue reading

November 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Jean Talon, How Do You Like Them Apples?

No-one has yet planted here apple trees, except some which bring very good apples and in quantity, but there are very few of these trees. It is apple-picking season in … Continue reading

September 28, 2014 · Leave a comment


Montreal’s main railway station, Gare Centrale, is a sunken, disorientating space somewhere below the downtown skyscrapers and is accessed through Bonaventure metro. To take this as a metaphor for the … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · Leave a comment


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

July 20, 2014 · 3 Comments


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

This post has been updated to correct various writing errors. You can read the updated post here. When an unknown farmer in the 1760s named the road from the centre … Continue reading

March 28, 2014 · 1 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


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 · 4 Comments


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


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

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