A History of Canada by Montreal Metro

Discovering Canadian History One Station at a Time


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


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 · 1 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


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


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

October 13, 2013 · Leave a comment


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


Quebec’s Catholic heritage is inescapable. As Mark Twain noted when he visited Montreal, “This is the first time I was ever in a city where you couldn’t throw a brick … Continue reading

September 23, 2013 · 2 Comments

Jean Talon, his ambitions and his orders

Jean Talon arrived in Quebec as Intendant of New France on 12 September 1665. His ambitions were to expand the glory of France and as far south as Mexico “to … Continue reading

September 15, 2013 · 1 Comment

Longueuil-Université de Sherbrooke

When the fifteen year old Charles Le Moyne left his father’s inn at Dieppe for New France in 1641 he was heading for a war zone. In 1535 Jacques Cartier … Continue reading

September 1, 2013 · 2 Comments


Often assumed to be an extinct volcano, Mount Royal is in fact an attempted volcano formed 125 million years ago when the lava in the earth’s core tried to burst … Continue reading

August 15, 2013 · 4 Comments

From the Centre of the Universe, Sherbrooke

In the course of this project it is inevitable that I come across the worst prejudices. Often this is depressing because the victims of prejudice are very clearly also the … Continue reading

August 11, 2013 · 2 Comments

At Mont-Royal, Jacques Cartier

On Sunday 3 October 1535, Jacques Cartier, having been guided down the St Lawrence River by the Iroquois, arrived at the settlement of Hochelaga. Below is his account of the … Continue reading

August 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Approaching St Laurent, The Immortality of Big Business

Bite Size Canada has a great post on Sir Humphrey Gilbert, who, in August 1583, claimed Newfoundland for England. Great because it gives an insight into the mentality of the … Continue reading

August 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

St Laurent

Something of a daisy-chain here: the station is named after the street, the street after the river, and the river after a third century deacon of Rome martyred in the … Continue reading

August 1, 2013 · 1 Comment

From Champlain’s Unemployment, A Career Change, A Dragon, and Acadie

One of the questions I am often asked about this project is “Why?” or, less bluntly, “What got you started?” Obviously, there is my curiousity in Canadian history and my … Continue reading

July 28, 2013 · 4 Comments


Acadie was the name used by the French to refer to the Atlantic coastal area which now includes Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and parts of Quebec and … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · 2 Comments

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