Monday, July 09, 2007

Unusual Montreal bike rides

Here's a link to a review of the Redpath Museum's unusual

The stones and beer bike tour

…Your trusty guide is none other than Ingrid Birker, prospector of secrets of the past and curator of invertebrate paleontology at the Redpath Museum. Her inspiration was a nighttime bike tour of Manhattan she took last spring. Deciding to combine a paleo-historical-architectural tour with a visit to the McAuslan Brewery, Birker devised the Stones and Beer Tour.

…On the next tour, those of you with enough urban bike savvy, a taste for the unknown and no fear of darkness can see the mollusks that once dominated the planet by their numbers. Over the centuries, their shells literally formed the bedrock of Montreal in the limestone now used in so many of the city's old buildings.

Upon leaving the limestone of the Redpath and Le Chateau apartments, Birker will show tour-goers Montreal's only reflecting pool, built in 1702 to stimulate contemplation in the Sulpician brothers at the Grand Séminaire. She will lead you to the milestone, placed in 1684, that told the Westmount farmers they had a mile to go to market. And she will show you Montreal's oldest standing farmhouse, which once belonged to the Hurtubise family and still remains on Cote St. Antoine Road…. (Link to complete article)

I wrote about this a few days a go, but I did not get a chance to do it. It runs again in August. This is an interesting "alternative" tour of Montreal , with the added credentials of the Redpath Museum. McGill University's Redpath Museum is: of Canada's oldest free-standing museums, functioning as a unique interdisciplinary unit within the Faculty of Science. As a Museum it preserves and displays large collections of ancient and modern organisms, minerals, and ethnological artefacts.

Cycling IS the best way to get around in this town.


Post a Comment

<< Home