VIEW-2551 | Tandem drive on Mount Royal Park, Montreal, QC, about 1890

Tandem drive on Mount Royal Park, Montreal, QC, about 1890
Wm. Notman & Son
About 1890, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  horse drawn (374) , Photograph (77678) , Sleigh (315) , Transportation (2517)
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At the end of the 19th century, rich British visitors passing through Montreal in the winter could not miss the chance to go with their hosts for a sleigh ride on the mountain. Young people no doubt sometimes took advantage of the power of two horses hitched in tandem to give the romantic ride a more sporting flavour. Young men, and sometimes the more daring young women, would take the reins.

The sleigh driving is very much a sporting activity in this photo, since the sleigh is being driven by members of the Driving Club who are taking the very steep, zigzag route going up from the corner of Peel and Drummond streets. Everywhere on the mountain and in the city, Montrealers took advantage of the winter by enjoying themselves in various ways according to social class - sometimes ignoring the team sports and activities organized by the clubs.

Source: Urban Life through Two Lenses (Consult the See Also box on this page)