Lake Champlain – Historic Landmarks

THIS beautiful lake owes its name to Saumel de Champlain, the founder of Quebec. In 1609, long before the Pilgrim Fathers landed at Plymouth, he joined a band of Huron and Algonquin warriors on an expedition against their enemies, the Iroquois, since known as the Five Nations of New York. While gratifying his own love […]

Ticonderoga – Historic Landmarks

THE road from the foot of Lake George to Fort “Ty” is hilly, but the varied scenery makes the ride a pleasant one. We crossed the outlet of the lake twice; first at the Upper Falls, where stands the dilapidated village of Alexandria, its industrial energies weighed down, I was told, by the narrow policy […]

Fort Niagara – Historic Landmarks

THIS fortress is in latitude 43 deg. 14 Sec. N. In 1679, a small spot was enclosed by palisades, by M. De Salle, an officer in the service of France. In 1725, the fort was built. In 1759, it was taken by the British, under Sir William Johnson. The capture has been ascribed to treachery, […]

Montreal Sports And Pastimes

Interesting as Montreal may be in historical recollections, in fine buildings, and in beautiful parks and surroundings, it is the health-giving properties of the climate and the innumerable attractions of outdoor life that give to the city its principal charm. One instinctively associates the word ” Canada ” with vigour, health and sport; maybe from […]

Montreal Squares And Parks

Montreal is but moderately well off in the way of public squares, although the magnificent Mountain Park, in the rear of the city, makes up for any shortcomings elsewhere. Of the public squares reserved as refreshing resting-places in the midst of the city, Dominion Square is by far the largest and most beautiful, and around […]

Modern Montreal

Events that are described, or depicted, in this chapter, are of such proximate happening that a strict following in chronological order is hardly necessary. A start may be made, however, with the opening of the Victoria Tubular Bridge across the St. Lawrence on August 25th, 1860. The bridge held first place amongst the engineering works […]

Montreal And The Environs

Montreal is credited with being more extensive than it is in reality, for the outlying parts, that are generally included when speaking of” Montreal,” are, in many cases, entirely distinct cities or towns. Taking the various suburbs, in order, from east to west (with a brief mention of their chief points of interest), we find […]

Montreal Under French Rule

Prior to the year 1535 the history of Montreal is but largely conjecture. The chief cause of its first settlement was, no doubt, the wonderful fertility of the island, together with its position as regards the waterways of the country; to the east being a broad, safe river leading to the great gulf; while to […]