October 14/18 (Part 4) – Montreal – Place d’Armes

When this square was created in 1693, it was named Place de la Haute Ville (High or Upper Town Square). At the time it was used as the forecourt for the first church of Ville Marie. After construction of Basilica Notre Dame and demolition of the first church, the church sold the square to the city in 1836. It became a focal point of the old town and today draws 5,000,000 visitors annually. (Source:Wikipedia)

It is a beautiful leafy square, filled with people. On this day, a busker crooned Chris Isaak’s, Wicked Game as we arrived (feature Photo). Tourist caleches clip-clopped slowly by.


The bells of the Basilica soon rang out 11:00 AM and were soon joined by all the church bells in the area.

The square is surrounded by beautiful old buildings.


1931 Aldred Building was one of the first modern skyscrapers in Montreal


1847 Bank of Montreal Building (dome)


1889 New York Life Building


Monument a Maisonneuve erected in 1895.



I liked the juxtaposition between these three types of transport.





October 10/18 (Part 7) – Quebec City – Place d’Armes

Place d’Armes is a lovely green park space near the Chateau Frontenac. It was once used as a military parade ground and a place for public speeches. It is just steps away from where Samuel de Champlain established his Fort Saint-Louis on Cap Diamant. Champlain’s wife Hélene Boulé also lived there for four years.

The monument in the center of the park is the Monument de la Foi and celebrates the 300th anniversary of the arrival of Catholic missionaries in 1615.



Not far away, church bells still chime

sending tingles all down my spine.

Harking back to an older time,

when hobnail boots marched in a line,

on cold stone cobbles, thick with grime,

and orators would speak on crime.

In this green square now so sublime,

where young children laugh, run and climb.