People of Montreal

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I’m a huge fan of street photography and the change of scenery was rather inspiring. Indeed, Montreal has quite a few characters and an interesting population, different from Ottawa’s. Newcomers are from different areas of the world for instance: while the Black population in Ottawa is often from Somalia or Djibouti, in Montreal, there are a lot of people from Haiti or from the French Islands. Ottawa has more Lebanese, while Montreal has immigrants from Northern Africa. Asians in Ottawa are often from China, but in Montreal people seem to be from South-East Asia—I heard Tagalog, Vietnamese, etc.

These are just observations, of course, not an official study.

I noted a lot of panhandlers in Montreal, too, especially around Sainte Catherine and in The Village. Or am I so used to see panhandlers around the Rideau area in Ottawa that I don’t notice them anymore? I hope not. That said, Montreal is still a very safe city, even though you can always use basic travel safety tips for women.

The Old Montreal, Hochelaga and The Village were great spots for street photography. Here is a sample of the “People of Montreal”!

You can see the complete Montreal set of pictures on Flickr.

Old Man in The Village

Old Man in The Village

"Do You Want to See my Coq?" in The Village

“Do You Want to See my Coq?” in The Village

Street Musician in The Village

Street Musician in The Village

Old Man and Art in The Village

Old Man and Art in The Village

Little Girl and The Church

Little Girl and The Church

Chatting at Marché Bonsecours

Chatting at Marché Bonsecours

Two Friends in Old Montreal

Two Friends in Old Montreal

Waiter in Old Montreal

Waiter in Old Montreal

Friends in Old Montreal

Friends in Old Montreal

Eating Ice Cream in Old Montreal

Eating Ice Cream in Old Montreal

Connected in Old Montreal

Connected in Old Montreal

In Love in Old Montreal

In Love in Old Montreal

Street Performer in Old Montreal

Street Performer in Old Montreal

Reading at the Restaurant in Old Montreal

Reading at the Restaurant in Old Montreal

Caricaturist in Old Montreal

Caricaturist in Old Montreal

Homeless in Old Montreal

Homeless in Old Montreal

Resting in The Village

Resting in The Village

Walking the Dog in Hochelaga

Walking the Dog in Hochelaga

Having Breakfast in Hochelaga

Having Breakfast in Hochelaga

Beer Run on Sunday Morning in Hochelaga

Beer Run on Sunday Morning in Hochelaga

Trying the Bikes in Hochelaga

Trying the Bikes in Hochelaga

Connected on Sainte Catherine

Connected on Sainte Catherine

Police Protesting in The Village

Police Protesting in The Village

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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.

6 Comments

  1. Amazing stealth photography! I love people watching, so this was the ideal post for me! Just wondering what each of the people were doing etc. love the lovers and the little girl at the church door and the man reading. Maybe I am naive, but what is a panhandler?

    • Panhandler is the common term for “homeless” or “beggar” here 😉

      Like you, I love people watching… it’s fascinating!

  2. That’s exactly why I live Montreal so much – it feels so multi-cultural to me!

    There are definitely more panhandlers in Montreal than Ottawa.

  3. I love your pictures, it really tells us a story each time! So many people and so many cultures but they are melting together! And it ‘s hard to pop form the crowd but somehow some people really succeed on appearing different, by a unique way of dressing theirselves for example… I love Mtl on week-ends !

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