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A reader wrote in to suggest I explore the falaise using Microsoft’s Visual Earth 3D (beta), which lets you look at aerial photos from an angle.

It gives an interesting perspective, with Mount Royal in the background and the Lachine canal in the foreground.  You can also see the former Turcot and Glen yards. That X at the bottom isn’t an airport, it’s Carrefour Angrignon (which, come to think of it, does feel like an airport hangar).


You’ll have to install Virtual Earth 3D first. Go to Live Search Maps and click “Install free!” (it’s for Windows users only, of course). Once you have it installed, click here to take a look at the map at the angle I set it at above. You’ll be able to zoom in and out and roam around.

If you don’t want to install it or you have a Mac, click on the map above to take a look at a bigger version of the photo.


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 A reader emailed to say those pipes sticking out of the ground on the falaise are probably “for decontamination testing. They take a core sample and leave the vent pipe to mark the spot…”

Which makes more sense than what I thought: that they were vents of some sort.

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I brought a camera when I went for my walk. To see the pictures, click here or on the photo below.

falaise st. jacques

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I walked the length of the falaise on Monday morning. I snapped these pics. I’ll post more next week.



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the falaise dump


Great pictures in this city PDF, including several from the 1990s that show how much of a dump the falaise was and how barren parts of it were.

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Here’s a good satellite photo showing the falaise in relation to the Glen and Turcot yards.

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