The plateau is the hippest district of Montreal (some say the world).  Formerly a working-class neighborhood, the old stone buildings and their wrought iron staircases now provide a backdrop to a free-spirited, creative community.

The, predominantly, francophone area’s legendary bohemian status and its proximity to McGill University attracts huge numbers of students, artists and musicians.  Close to 100,000 people squeeze into the 8 square kilometers below the eastern slopes of Mont Royal.  Those Montreal residents who live elsewhere come as often as they can to the plateau to hang out in its parks, cafés, and bookshops.

The brightly painted buildings reflect the vibrancy and vitality of residents in a neighborhood where you are more likely to see someone carrying a guitar than a briefcase.

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Corner of Laurier & St Laurent
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April snow storm. A few weeks later the snow was gone.

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Parc Lafontaine.

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Rue Laurier. The first of the winter’s snow in December.
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A common theme of Montreal, lovers of different ethnicities. Mont Royal.

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Rflection of the firestation & cyclist on Rue Laurier.

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Costumed dogs in Parc LaFontaine.

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One of the many back alley ways that are decorated with murals .

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Locals on the railway tracks north of Avenue Van Horne.

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Local Jimi Hendrix legend, Milford Kemp.

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Contortionist at a street fair on St Viateur.

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Red shoes at a street fair on St Viateur.

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Percussionists taking a break after a performance at a block party.

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Upside down.

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Car Bonnet.

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Parc LaFontaine.

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Rue Drolet.

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