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Archive for the 'Parks' Category

Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower in the Adirondacks

The view of the Adirondacks (US) from the Hurricane Mountain fire tower. The tower has been closed to visitors for some time now so the only way to enjoy the panoramic view from the lookout is here.

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The astronomical observatory on the Mount Megantic – 360 degree interactive panorama

Not Montreal I know, but this is a only a few hours drive from here and a nice place to go hiking with snowshoes. There are some good trails up to the observatory or if you just can’t overcome lazyness, take the shuttle at the park’s entrance then go all the way down by walking.

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Roundtop at Mount Sutton – panoramic photo

It’s spring and there is very little snow now but a total of 6.6 meters (+21 ft) over the summit were reported by the end of this season! The Round Top is the highest point on Mount Sutton range and is the home for one of the biggest ski resorts near Montreal, about an hour drive from here.

The US is right on the other side of the valley and on a clear day we can see the highest points of tree states: Jay Peak in Vermont, Mt. Marcy in New York and Mt. Washington in New Hampshire.

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Solstice of the Nations at the Parc du Mont Royal

World Wide Panorama, a project from the University of California Berkeley

The drum salutes the sun at the summer solstice on Canada’s National Aboriginal Day. The ceremony, first celebrated in 1996, is held all across Canada. In 2007 First Nations leaders and dignitaries from different levels of the Canadian government gathered to celebrate the Solstice of the Nations. Innus from the Uashat-Maliotenam community, lit a fire that was passed to the organizers of the Fête Nationale du Québec to bring together and create stronger bonds of friendship, between the peoples of Québec.

Panoramic photography shot in June 2007 for the World Wide Panorama project, behind the Kondiaronk Belvedere on Mount Royal.

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The Polar Bear Plunge, for the Special Olympics Quebec – panoramic 3D photo

Are you ready to put on your bathing suit and take a plunge into a freezing cold water? Well, Montrealers are not afraid of the cold and that’s what these guys did on a -10º C Saturday at the Jean-Drapeau park! The Polar Bear Plunge is a fund-raising activity organized by the Law Enforcement Torch Run officers for the benefit of the Special Olympics Quebec .

The Special Olympics movement is active in over 165 countries with more than 2.25 millions special athletes of all ages registered worldwide. Its mission is to enrich the lives of individuals with an intellectual disability through sport.

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Cap Saint-Jacques Nature Park, Maison de la Pointe

At the park Cap Saint-Jacques many beautiful places can be found, each one with its own charm like this one, in front of de la Pointe house where we can just seat and contemplate the sunset over Deux-Montagnes frozen Lake.

Featuring 26 kilometers of hiking trails and over 30 kilometers of trails for cross country skiing, the park also offers a variety of options for the visitors, like an organic farm, which raises animals and grows organic produce, environmental science activities and an authentic sugar shack, or cabane à sucre in French, where we can watch the production of maple syrup and savour a delicious tire d’érable, which is a sort of lollipop made from boiling maple syrup poured into fresh snow and then wrapped around a stick or a spoon!

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Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa

The Canadian Tulip Festival claims to be the world’s largest tulip festival, with attendance of over 500,000 visitors annually. This major cultural event is held annually in Ottawa and Gatineau, Canada, generally on three weekends in May, concluding with the Victoria Day long weekend.

Although tulips are displayed throughout the city, the most extensive tulip beds are to found in Commissioners Park on the shores of Dow’s Lake, on the Rideau Canal with 300,000 tulips planted there alone.

In 1945, the Dutch royal family sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa in gratitude for Canadians having sheltered Princess Juliana and her daughters for the preceding three years during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, in the Second World War. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Olympic Stadium: host of the Grey Cup 2008 and FIFA U-20 2007

Home of the Grey Cup 2008 in Montreal, the stadium was Built for the 1976 Olympic Games and is one of the city’s landmarks that with the Mont Royal and the (mental) map of the streets, it’s used as a reference point to know where one is and where to head to. In 2007 the stadium hosted the FIFA Soccer World Cup U-20 games with more than 200 thousand people attendance.

Designed by French architect Roger Taillibert based on forms of plants and animals, the stadium is cited as a masterpiece of Organic Modern Architecture. Its inclined tower is the tallest in the world and features a funicular leading to the observation deck, giving the visitant a remarkable aerial view from the city.

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Mont-Tremblant’s summit: 360 degree panoramic view of the park from the belvedere

At the Parc du Mont-Tremblant, the belvedere located on the top of the mountain gives us an impressive 360 degree panoramic view of the whole region and the big storm advancing over the Tremblant Lake.

Later that saturday (02/aug.) the storm killed a mother and her 9-years-old son in Témiscouata region, eastern Quebec. Their car plunged into a lake and was swept away when a section of the road was washed-out by flash floods.

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The mountain with a capital M – World Wide Panorama

World Wide Panorama, a project from the University of California Berkeley

Every three months the World Wide Panorama (WWP) gathers photographers from all around the world to picture their environment under one same subject, which this time was Elevation. On the previous one I shot the basement of Museum of Archaeology and History Pointe à Callière.

This time I decided to participate on the last moments. Time was running out, deadline was rushing in and I haven’t given much thought about it so I run to the only geological landmark that is over 1ft above ground around here: the Mountain (“la Montagne“) as we all call it or, the Mont Royal.

You can also see the Kondiaronk belvedere and the Chalet du Mont Royal in this 360 degree panorama or in this HD panoramic photo where you can zoom deep in to check the details.

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High Definition view of Montreal Downtown from the Mont-Royal

Shot on the same day as the 360° panoramic view of Montreal downtown, this is a 240 megapixels photo. Click on it to view an extremely detailed view from Montreal. Use the buttons to zoom in to explore every detail from its buildings and landscape: mounts St-Hilaire and St-Bruno can be seen on the background; search for Jacques-Cartier and Champlain bridges; look for Radio-Canada (CBC), Hydro-Québec and McGill University beautifull campus among several others.

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The “Chalet du Parc Mont Royal” & Kondiaronk Belvedere

Winter is ending, the sun is warm now and lots of people come to the park of Mont Royal to enjoy a sunny day.

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Downtown Montreal, view from the Kondiaronk Belvedere

View of downtown Montreal from the Kondiaronk Belvedere, right in front of the Chalet du Mont Royal. To the left, part of the Plateau and Montreal Ouest to the right with the St-Laurent river and Mont St-Hilaire on the back. See downtown in High Definition (HD).

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Parc Nature du Cap St-Jacques – Château Gohier

Located on the western tip of the island, at the junction of Deux Montagnes Lake and des Prairies River, Cap Saint-Jacques Nature Park is Montréal’s largest park and has nice cross-country ski, hike and snowshoe trails. These are the familiar type and style of trails, most of the time flat with sporadically (easy) slopes. The “Château Gohier”, a hundred years old stone building, serves today as a restaurant for visitors.

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