Saturday, 5 March 2011

Saturday Photo: An Angel in Montreal

Well, actually it's a sort of Winged Victory on the monument to Georges-Étienne Cartier, a father of Canadian Confederation. A complicated man, he was a rebel in during the 1837 uprising, but moved in middle age to a much less intransigent position. The house he lived in in Montreal's Vieux Port district is now a Parks Canada site, with terrific activities and guided tours.

But it's this statue which looks east over Jeanne-Mance Park with Mount Royal in the background that I want to feature today. In some respects it shows Montreal at its best: notice the cleared steps and the flattened track where many kids have slid down on their sled or bums.

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