Humor

Canada Highlights, Part Two

After our trip to Quebec City, my wife and I headed to Montreal, which is not quite as quaint as Quebec, but just as fun to visit.

Originally designed for the 1967 World Fair Expo, the Montreal Biosphere is located on Île Sainte-Hélène, a quick subway ride from our hotel on Rue St. Denis. Curiously, two major events were taking place on the island on the same day: the Osheaga Independent Music Festival and a water sports competition. As a result, our first impression of the Biosphere was that it had to be the most popular attraction in all of Montreal. Fortunately for us, the place was mostly empty, so...

Originally designed for the 1967 World Fair Expo, the Montreal Biosphere is located on Île Sainte-Hélène, a quick subway ride from our hotel on Rue St. Denis. Curiously, two major events were taking place on the island on the same day: the Osheaga Independent Music Festival and a water sports competition. As a result, our first impression of the Biosphere was that it had to be the most popular attraction in all of Montreal. Fortunately for us, the place was mostly empty, so…

The kind folks at the Biosphere let me volunteer to put out a chemical fire. It did not go well.

The kind folks at the Biosphere let me volunteer to put out a chemical fire. It did not go well.

To get over my failure as a chemical firefighter, I unwound with some pinball. I played one game with a Canadian pinball wizard who knew all the ins and outs of the AC-DC pinball game, and who did his best to teach me everything he knew. As a result, I am now a junior-grade assistant pinball wizard.

To get over my failure as a chemical firefighter, I unwound with some pinball. I played one game with a Canadian pinball wizard who knew all the ins and outs of the AC-DC pinball game, and who did his best to teach me everything he knew. As a result, I am now a junior-grade assistant pinball wizard.

Art, it turns out, is everywhere in Montreal.

Art, it turns out, is everywhere in Montreal.

It's in museums.

It’s in museums.

And it's also out on the streets!

And it’s also out on the streets!

It also takes many forms, like this statue of a lion posted outside of a Chinese jazz and blues club.

It also takes many forms, like this statue of a lion posted outside of a Chinese jazz and blues club.

And this image of Tom Hanks that was plastered to a wall near my hotel. (I'm told that Tom Hanks is worshiped as a god in some corners of Montreal.)

And this image of Tom Hanks that was plastered to a wall near my hotel. (I’m told that Tom Hanks is worshiped as a god in some corners of Montreal.)

I was very excited to see this sign posted in front of the Musee D'Art Contemporain de Montreal (Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art) until my wife pointed out that there was no R between the A and the C.

I was very excited to see this sign posted in front of the Musee D’Art Contemporain de Montreal (Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art) until my wife pointed out that there was no R between the A and the C.

But this sign helped to soften the blow.

But this sign helped to soften the blow.

After climbing to the top of Mount Royal, I played for a while on the playground there.

After climbing to the top of Mount Royal, I played for a while on the playground there.

Until I got tangled in a web of steel.

Until I got tangled in a web of steel.

After that embarrassing debacle, I decided it was time to head home.

After that embarrassing debacle, I decided it was time to head home.