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By Driusan (Tue Jan 13, 2009 at 03:54:56 PM EST) (all tags)
It got up to a balmy -3 degrees communist in paradise today, so I couldn't resist taking out my camera with my new 50mm f/1.8 lens and going for a  walk up the mountain.

(Attn Canadians: This diary contains no politics, despite the title. It's more of an excuse to post pictures of what a real Canadian winter should look like in between poorly written prose.)

If you're unaware, the name Montréal comes from Mont Royal. Mount Royal isn't so much a mountain, but more of a giant hill in the middle of the island (233m, according to wikipedia). The city kind of centres around this hill, with downtown being south of it (and the Vieux Port de Montréal south of that), the trendy le Plateau being to the east, some suburbs, little Italy and the Université de Montréal on the north, and filthy anglophones to the west.

At the base of the mountain on the east side is this statue:

The Statue

I'm not entirely sure what it's a statue of, because as far as I'm aware it's always just referred to as "The Statue," though you can probably look it up on wikipedia.

In the summer, every Sunday morning, there's probably 200 people around The Statue. Most of them are either smoking weed, taking part in one of about 5-10 drum circles going on on any given Sunday, dancing, reading in the sun, or doing some subset thereof. It's referred to as "Tamtams" in English, or "djembe" in French. You can probably google for the former to find pictures, but the latter is simply the name of the type of drum and not likely to find you much. Above the Tamtams, you'll find around of 20-50 people having mock sword fights who would make Rogerborg proud. But this is the winter, and I was on a walk.

Just above the statue there are small paths through lightly forrested deciduous trees:


In the summer, you'll see mountain bikers going down them, and in the winter, you may see one or two, though they'll stick to the less dangerous snow covered roads rather than cutting straight through the trees.

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Most people who go up the mountain will loop around at the chalet:


Because it has a great view of the city:


But those are mostly tourists. There are better vantage points if you hike up the smaller, unsigned trails instead of walking up the lazy, winding gradual boulevards:

Olympic Stadium
(The last three pictures were taken on a previous hike, hence the change in time of day)

The last time I lived here it was the summer. One thing I still haven't gotten used about the winter is the skiers.


And the snowshoers:

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Having come from somewhere where if they get 2cm of snow they call it the snowpocalypse and call in the army to salt 'er down.

Today I decided to go farther than that. I went on to Lac Aux Castors ("Beaver Lake") which in the winter has skating and tobaganning:

Wide Open Beaver

And in the summer has pretty.

And then my battery died, so you get no picture of my trip home through the west side and across the McGill campus, wherein I slip on some slush, fall down and have not one, but two people ask me if I'm alright instead of pointing and laughing.

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some of your pictures are missing by clover kicker (4.00 / 3) #1 Tue Jan 13, 2009 at 04:18:24 PM EST
Did you know we can link from flickr these days?

Good to see people out there enjoying the season. Do you have cross country skis yet?

I did not by Driusan (4.00 / 1) #2 Tue Jan 13, 2009 at 04:29:13 PM EST
That's awesome and convenient. I'll keep it in mind for next time.

I haven't bought cross country skis. I haven't even bought boots or crampons (hence the falling at McGill.) I've been ordering way too many things online lately to have enough money leftover for little things like necessities. (I believe at last count: 40ish photo prints, 3 books, 2 tshirts, 4 cds, and 10 xkcd buttons are all being sent to me and haven't arrived yet.)

The pictures aren't missing. They're not available because I didn't get any photos. They don't exist, hence the "Photo Not Available" picture, but if they DID exist, they'd fit right in there.

Vive le Montréal libre.

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-3? by Merekat (4.00 / 1) #3 Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 01:20:25 AM EST
That's nearly t-shirt weather!

What do you mean "nearly"? (nt) by Driusan (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 03:37:29 AM EST

Vive le Montréal libre.
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It is in Newcastle [n/t] by Herring (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 12:59:23 PM EST

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