A city has a landscape before it is laid out and buildings go up. Frequently the terrain is marked by watercourses which in time are covered over or otherwise removed from site--and are often forgotten
Water That Runs Through the City: Outremont Brook from Mount Royal to the Edge of the Plateau
Sep 9, 2009
Here is a suite of photos I took earlier this summer which show the progress of a stream once called Outremont Brook back when part of this part of Montreal had a sizeable Anglophone component (it now is largely Francophone.) Like many other streams on the island of Montreal, it begins on Mount Royal, the hill in the middle of the city, and flows down to eventually reach the St. Lawrence.
The first place it surfaces now is near the entrance to Mount Royal Cemetery ( op photo.) It's channeled underground for a quarter of kilometer after that, and then comes up in the backyard of a very fancy house a little way down the mountain.
After that it flows through tiny Roskilde Park (second photo) and between two houses before entering the property of the Soeurs missionnaires de l'Immaculée-Conception. There it runs through a channel (third photo) and ducks under Côte Ste Catherine road and a series of houses built in the early part of the 20th century. It doesn't really come to the surface again, but the spot where it once spread out to form a marshy pond is now Parc St. Viateur (fourth photo.) Old maps show it running north to meet a stream which ran eastward before cutting south and then east to enter the St. Lawrence at Pointe à Callières. You wouldn't know that now.