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Old Posted Feb 21, 2021, 11:49 PM
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A winter afternoon walk through Montreal

Last Wednesday was sunny with fresh snow from the day before so I decided to take a walk with my camera. I basically did a loop around the western side of the Plateau Mont-Royal, so these photos are from just one part of town. In case you're curious, it was -8C (18F) that afternoon.

Also, pandemic context: Montreal is emerging from its second major lockdown. Retail shops just reopened last week, but bars and restaurants are still closed, work-from-home is mandatory and there is a nightly curfew at 8pm.

I started out on my street, Waverly, which is in the Mile End section of the Plateau.





After about 15 minutes I reached Jeanne-Mance Park at the foot of Mount Royal.













I then turned onto Duluth Street to head east towards Lafontaine Park.













People have been enjoying the parks this winter like I've never seen. This was a weekday afternoon, so you can imagine how packed the pond can be with weekend skaters. This is also the first winter I can recall people having picnics. If you're well dressed and it's sunny out, having a couple of beers outdoors is surprisingly fun!







Cherrier and Berri – a little cluster of highrises built next to Sherbrooke metro station in the 1970s.



Heading north up St-Denis Street, which now has separated cycle tracks in each direction. There are more and more winter cyclists every year.





























This is the Van Horne Viaduct, which was built in the 1970s to link Van Horne Street with Rosemont Boulevard.









Back down to street level. This skate park opened under the viaduct in 2019.







My local bagel shop is normally open 24 hours, but it started closing at midnight at the start of the pandemic. And now it closes at 7:30pm because of the curfew.









That's all! I picked up some groceries and went home. But here's a handful of other shots from the past month.









This was my backyard about a month ago. We haven't had any days above freezing since then, and it's been snowing a lot, so imagine this but with the snow nearly to the top of that little shrub on the right.

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Thanks for sharing I always love seeing photos of Montreal one of my top favorite cities to visit. Although I like the cold but as I’ve grown older not as much as I used to. It’s nice to see it from my warm living room, and not have to be in it for any long period.
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Brrr, but it still looks active!

I looked up your local bagel shop online and the bagels look so delicious!
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Nice pictures! I stayed in this area of Montreal a couple years ago when I went on a vacation there.
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Thank you for the tour!
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Great scenes and photos!

Being where I'm from and live where I live, when I see images of snow on the ground and sunny blue skies, I think of small mountain towns and people going skiing.
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Great set KT! I'm always enjoying your photo threads, since at least 15 yrs Glad to have you back in Mtl!
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Great set KT! I'm always enjoying your photo threads, since at least 15 yrs Glad to have you back in Mtl!
Same here, I’ve been a fan of your photo threads for a long time!
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Must be a pain for the city to clear the snow with everyone parking their cars on the street, but it looks so much nicer without all the big driveways jutting into the rowhouses.
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Nice pics! Montreal is on my list of cities to visit.
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Winter transforms Montreal into an alternate reality of cool gentle hues with stark and colourful contrasts.
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Nice photos, Trout. It's been a while.
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I immediately wanted to visit the city. What month does it look the best?
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I immediately wanted to visit the city. What month does it look the best?
September and October (in my humble opinion).

Great photo thread. Wish there were more of these threads (and they were more active) like in the old days.
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Thanks for sharing these photos! Montreal is one of my absolute favorite cities in all of the US and Canada. It's so unique and just oozes personality. Very much look forward to the next opportunity I get to visit! Until then... I have your photos
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Must be a pain for the city to clear the snow with everyone parking their cars on the street, but it looks so much nicer without all the big driveways jutting into the rowhouses.
There's a pretty elaborate snow removal process (this YouTube video explains it). When a street is targeted for snow removal, orange signs go up letting residents know when it will take place and they need to move their cars to another street (in some areas the city takes over private parking lots so residents have somewhere to park). Tow trucks make several rounds blaring sirens and honking their horns before the clearance operation starts. It's pretty impressive.

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I immediately wanted to visit the city. What month does it look the best?
Personally, my favourite month is June, because it's lush and green with a lot of flowers, but it usually isn't too hot and everybody is super hyped for summer to begin. It's a great atmosphere. October is gorgeous with all the colours. And if you want a good wintery atmosphere, December through February is usually pretty consistently snowy. The months to avoid are March (cold, icy, everybody miserable because winter keeps dragging on) and November (dark, rainy, chilly, people are depressed due to the lack of light).

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Pretty sad to see the pathetic shape mile end is in , I grew up in the neighborhood (waverly 5404&5406) Park Ave and Bernard St. Look like some areas of the bronx ,closed shops covered in graffiti everywhere ,Mordecai Richler must be rolling in his grave
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Ha, you grew up just a few doors down from where I live now.

The problem is property speculation. Two entire buildings on Bernard have been eviscerated by landlords who kicked out all the tenants. One building has been undergoing the world's slowest renovation, the other seems to be sitting empty, maybe so it can be flipped to another owner. St-Viateur is doing better but it has similar problems, especially with Shiller Lavy jacking up the rent to kick out old shops in order to replace them with branded restaurants and chain stores. Park Avenue has a lot of vacancies but that's always been the case. I don't think it's any worse now than it was 15-20 years ago.

The irony is that the more Mile End gentrifies, the crappier it becomes...
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