Drones have become such a buzz word almost always used in tandem with something negative, like war drones or bomb drones, or (less awful) Amazon delivery drones. Flying robots don't need to be used solely for evil, as the high-flying technology can also capture moments of beauty, like Mount Royal in the height of fall's vibrant foliage.
K. Bayquoi, a retired computer engineer and one-time classical musician, found a passion for aerial drone photography during retirement, and has since created several videos showcasing Montreal's many landscapes. The latest of Bayquoi's drone videos is "A Fall Morning at Mount Royal Park," which shows off the wonderful colours of the season like no place in Montreal can.
Taking a full tour of the mountain. going through trees, trails, and structures, the video is nothing short of epic. The music definitely adds to the epic-effect, making the video seem like an intro to a Zelda game, in the best way. See if you agree in the video below.
Where: Librairie Saint Henri Books, Indigo, Argo Bookshop, etc.
Why You Should Go: To buy yourself a new book to keep you occupied during curfew hours! Retail stores remain open at 50% capacity under new restrictions, but keep in mind that they'll be closed on the first three Sundays of January.
As officials figure out what to do with much of the former hospital campus (some buildings will become part of McGill University), non-profit groups Héritage Montréal and Les amis de la montagne say the site presents an opportunity to reconnect the downtown core with the mountain and expand the public realm.
Pour une requalification exemplaire de l'ancien hôpital Royal Victoria
The groups released a video in September calling for "visionary," "courageous," and "bold" planning for the site, including new public green and gathering spaces.
Under their proposal, the groups say the old Royal Victoria Hospital would become a "gateway to Mount Royal park from downtown [...] connected, open to all, and equipped with a reception area, local services, meeting places and community spaces."
Héritage Montréal and Les amis de la montage specifically call for:
"the urgent restoration of the buildings in order to avoid any further deterioration due to the vacancy of the place;
"landscaping and greening actions that allow better access to the mountain as an extension of Mount Royal park towards downtown;
"the maintenance of public ownership of the land in order to avoid the fragmentation of the site and to ensure its coherence in the short, medium and long term, in a context of multiple occupants;"
and the implementation of modern urban planning, governance and financing tools to preserve the integrity of the site, its heritage character and its civic and community vocation."
You might have noticed that the height of buildings in Montreal is shorter than those in other North American cities. That's by design. And now, Mayor Valérie Plante's party, Projet Montréal, is committing to keep it that way.
"Since 1992, a consensus has existed in Montreal regarding the maximum height of buildings," the party wrote on Facebook. "According to this agreement, Montreal's constructions must not obscure the views of Mount Royal — and therefore must not peak higher than the mountain's highest level, which is more than 232 metres above sea level."
The party criticized former mayor Denis Coderre's claim that taller buildings could help to increase the housing offer in the city.
"Mr. Coderre seems to believe that Montreal's highest peaks should belong to the owners of downtown penthouses [...] Let's be honest. Who will really benefit from taller skyscrapers? A handful of wealthy people and a few real estate developers... And so would begin the privatization of the views of our Mount Royal," Projet Montréal warned.