Montreal City Tour Part II

We continued our journey towards the Vieux-Port de Montreal (Old Port of Montreal) and drove past the trendy and colourful Plateau Mont Royal neighbourhood.

See the long spiral staircase outside leading directly to the second floor of the house?

See the long spiral staircase outside leading directly to the second floor of the house?

The Plateau boasts the highest population density of all Montreal and the greatest number of creative people in Canada, according to Statistics Canada. It is also where the most people travel mainly by foot, bicycle or public transport. The exterior staircase is a distinctive feature of the city’s architecture. Apparently the exterior staircases were built because many households rented out their second floor units so they decided to build exterior staircase for their tenants to access the units easily. However, nowadays the exterior staircase is considered a hazard when it gets slippery due to snow in winter etc.

Soon the coach drove past the Vieux-Port de Montreal and the local tour guide told us to take a look at the unique apartments built there as each unit is shaped like a cube.

Each apartment unit is a cube here

Each apartment unit is shaped like a cube

 

Think this is a casino next to the old port

Think this is a casino next to the old port

 

The Biosphère - a museum dedicated to the environment

The Biosphère – a museum dedicated to the environment

Moving on, the coach proceeded to the historic district of Old Montreal where we could stop for the Notre Dame Basilica and Jacque Cartier Square.

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The Gossip Girls at Old Montreal

The Gossip Girls at Old Montreal

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The Jacques Cartier Square

The Jacques Cartier Square

Pardon my lack of captions for the pictures as it was hard to grasp all the information the local tour guide gave in a quick tour of the place within 10 min. That aside, I do find that Old Montreal is quite charming and I would love to explore the place in detail again next time. Just a morning at the second largest city in Canada is simply too short, but it gives me more reason to come back! 😉

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