Welcome to the 30th Annual Meeting of the Academy of R. V. Tucker Study Clubs
MONTREAL, August 12 to 15, 2015
A word to all
It is our extreme pleasure to invite you to Montreal for the 30th Annual Meeting of the Academy of R. V. Tucker Study Clubs. All the members of the Montreal Club have poured their hearts into providing you with a memorable meeting. Come and discover the unique charms of Montreal, the 3rd oldest city in Canada, rich with it’s French and English heritage and it’s nordic climate.
Le Groupe d’étude R.V. Tucker de Montréal
Discover Montréal !
Montreal is the 3rd oldest city in Canada. It is also the largest city and economic capital of the Province of Quebec. It was founded in 1642 by Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve and Marguerite Bourgeoys as a colony of the French kingdom of Louis the XIIIth, on the site now occupied by the Musée Pointe-à-Callière. It sits on an island in the middle of the St-Laurent River, formerly a passage for the Iroquois Indians and site of the 1701 Native Indians peace treaty signing.
After the fall of the French colonies to the British in 1763, Montreal started to don a more English identity as witnessed in its western districts. The two hundred years that followed saw their share of tensions between the French and Anglo cultures with a constant struggle by the French-Canadians to strike a balance of power. Thus Montreal served as the part-time capital of Canada from 1844 to 1849. Economically, Montreal was the most important city in Canada, until the 80’s, when it was surpassed by Toronto.
The Révolution Tranquille, that swept the province in the 60’s, awakened the French soul and identity in Montréal. These were effervescent times that witnessed the construction of the first skyscrapers, the Place des Arts and the Métro (subway)… They culminated with the hosting of the 1967 World Exposition, Expo ’67, and 1976 Olympic games in which Montreal opened itself to the world.
Montreal is now a cosmopolitan city with a distinct French accent and identity unique in North America.
Do not be fooled by the images of snow covered Montreal. It is pretty hot in Montreal during the summer!
In fact, the city goes through a cycle. Nice, pleasant and dry weather is followed by a steady increase in heat and humidity that culminates with thunderstorms. Then the nice weather sets in again and the cycle goes on.
So do bring clothes that are suitable for hot and humid weather. A light jacket for the odd chilly night. And definitely rain clothes and umbrellas.