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Brutal Montreal

If there’s one thing that you can say about the Canadians, it’s how brutal they are. Yes, we all know the reputation, but that only goes so far. They push the boundaries to near breaking, don’t bend to the even more extreme whims of their neighbors to the south and simply go their own way. Tsk: Canada even has free healthcare. Virtually no gun crime. And, Canada welcomed 107,972 immigrants in the third quarter. From January to September 2023, immigration reached 79.8% (371,299) of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s target of 465,000 immigrants for the year. Calm, welcoming. Pah!

But, the people of Canada can also be OTT when they want, as well. One example is Habitat 67. If you’re not aware of this exercise in rearranging how people live, then take this in. Habitat 67, or simply Habitat, is a housing complex at Cité du Havre, on the Saint Lawrence River, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, designed by Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie. It originated in his master’s thesis at the School of Architecture at McGill University and then an amended version was built for Expo 67, a World’s Fair held from April to October 1967. Its address is 2600 Avenue Pierre-Dupuy, next to the Marc-Drouin Quay. Habitat 67 is considered an architectural landmark and a recognized building in Montreal. (Wikipedia)

And, in the Canadian way, they pushed through this “exercise” to turn it into an iconic structure that continues to amazes today. Even more, regular humans still live inside this concrete hive and love it. Wish I could live there! And, as is always our way, you can visit anytime. Maybe you’ll meet someone, make a friend and have coffee. Tours usually resume in May, so check ahead before you go. And then, walk around and have a look. It’s free to wander. Click here to learn more.

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Stay at the hip and historic Maison Sainte-Thérèse By Maisons & co. Click here to book.

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So much to do in Montreal. Click here for lots of GetYourGuide activities.

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