We’re walking across Montreal! For fun! (Sort of!) This weekend Claudia and I will be walking across Montreal, starting from good old Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and ending in Verdun. The tour is organized by the non-profit Marcher la Région (Walk the Region). It's the second straight year we're doing the tour, and we’ll be discovering Montreal's hidden corners, learning about the history of different neighbourhoods, and camping along the way.
The tour is semi-guided, so we walk at our own pace to predetermined pit stops, where locals (or one of our three Marcher la Région knowledgeable hosts) talk about the story of the neighbourhood. The evenings are also fantastic. After a full day of walking in the sun, kicking off the shoes and relaxing is the best thing. Last year we concluded one day with a pool and some ice cream, and we finished the next by cooking a massive meal together and spending the night around a campfire in the woods.
Some join this pilgrimage because of their interests in urban planning, others want to discover more of Montreal. Some just want to walk and meet interesting people. And of course there are those like me who see it as a great opportunity for a photo walk. And I’m packing light this time! Only the Fuji x100 will be coming along with us.
One lens, one camera, 2 pairs of shoes. That’s a weird packing list for me. I also just got back from MEC and geared up for the walk. If photography equipment lust is my number one weakness, outdoor gear lust follows it very close behind. Holy crap it’s amazing to see those walls of hiking backpacks, tents, sleeping bags. Heck even the water bottle or carabiner walls look super attractive. Am I the only one who gets this rush of excitement upon entering MEC every time?
In any case, I have overspent and here I am now overly prepared for this walk. It’s going to be fun and lots of pictures will be taken hopefully. And if you’re subscribed to Postcards from Alex, who knows, maybe one of them might come from this walk! Make sure to check it out here!