Monday, March 26, 2012

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Pointing the camera into a window can yield fascinating results, as seen in this window of Ogilvie's department store on Ste. Catherine Street. You see the reflections of store manikins, as well as other buildings, cars and many passersby. 

Montreal will capture your heart, as it has for millions of others.

The Soul of a Woman in Montreal

The Soul of  Montreal's Jazz, Food, Life

The Soul of Montreal in Reflection, music by Pia

About Me
My Photo

I was born in the United States but moved to Montreal with my family. I spent high school and college in Montreal. I've since returned to the U.S., but return to Montreal frequently. Have a B.A. in English Literature from McGill University and an M.S. in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Have been writing about Montreal and Quebec travel for 10 years, based on my years there and on my trips back. Wrote book reviews the The Montreal Gazette and covered arts, music and theater for The Globe and Mail in Toronto.

No matter how you brew your cup of Joe, there's little argument that coffee ranks high among the world's best-loved hot beverages. Roasted, French pressed or espresso, Montreal. . . .

Lying on Montreal's West Island, the historic village of Pointe Claire was settled in 1698 as an outpost along fur trading routes. In 1713, it became a Catholic parish and a. . .

We are on Rue St. Paul Est in Old Montreal, where sidewalk cafes are as common as Paris. Old Montreal offers exquisite. . .

The 16th and 17th Centuries  Before Montreal was a city, it was Hochelaga, a village the Iroquois had established at the foot of Mount Royal . . .

The 1970's ushered in many political changes, and the rise of the Parti Quebecois (PQ) to power. French Canadians in Quebec had suffered from centuries of oppression from. . .

All content and photos copyright Kathryn Esplin. © The Insider's Pocket Guide to Montreal, Kathryn Esplin 2006 - infinity. All rights reserved. Photos copyright Kathryn Esplin, unless stated otherwise.


  1. As a born and raised Montrealer, I'm thrilled to see this new blog. I wish you bonne chance with this venture!

  2. Kathryn, I had no idea this was your blog! I just clicked over from Cat Wisdom, and see you comment all the time. I have friends in French Canada, now in Kingston, but who speak of Montreal and Quebec, and also Ottawa, as home. I hope to see it some time. Bonne chance! I love, love the photos, espeically these backgrounds.

    1. Hi Bernadette,

      Thanks for clicking over from Meowland to Montreal land. So glad you like this. You will definitely see Montreal and Ottawa some time. Not far from many places in the U.S.

  3. I am glad to see this helpful post. I was searching Pub Chateauguay.

    1. Wonderful. Thank y ou. I love Ye Olde Orchard.