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... a few 'indoor’ activities. First was a visit to the Morse Farm
Sugarworks – ie, a Maple Syrup producer.
Maple syrup is produced from the sap of the Maple tree. I’m sure that’s pretty obvious. What we didn’t realize is how exactly this
happens. The season for the sap is
restricted to 6-8 weeks of the year in the spring. Over winter the Maple tree stores up its sap
in the roots underground. When the
... still more uphill to go. To get to the summit of the park, you either have to climb dozens of incredibly steep stairs, or continue walking uphill along a series of switchbacks and paths. I had time to kill, so I decided to take my time walking through the park on the paths I was able to see some of the other sights in the park as well, including Maison Smith and Beaver Lake. Finally I reached the top at ...
... groceries and check out the town, then returned to the apartment and crashed out.
The next day we explored more of Montreal and went down to old Montreal in the afternoon to try some ice skating outside in the snow. It was FREEZING!!! But also fun and a great atmosphere. Outdoor lake ice skating is very different to big-banana ice skating. It's all bumpy and lumpy and windy and exciting. Unfortunately we only lasted about half an hour since our ...
... br> Montreal is much more about being there and enjoying the city than about sightseeing as there are not so many of them. It was really the nicest and coldest Canadian city we have visited.
Funny fact: in the Québec province cars don't have license plates in the front, only in the back. At first I thought there were a lot of stolen cars in Canada... ;)
Also be sure to visit the Jean-Talon market with lost of cheap fruit and vegetables!
... that wherever you're going, people live there. They will have stuff available to buy, if you forget something essential. It may not be the exact brand or style that you're accustomed to at home, but there will be something that serves the purpose. I don't usually pack a whole lot of "just in case" stuff, because if I forget something, I can always buy it there. It's liberating once you embrace that notion, since it prevents you from over-packing.