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Old Posted Jun 18, 2019, 12:35 AM
Shawn Shawn is offline
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Originally Posted by iheartthed View Post
I suspect this is regional. It seems like the coastal northeastern U.S. is more aware of Montreal than Toronto. I think it's because Montreal is easier to get to from here than it is from other parts of the U.S.
For New England in particular this is true, but there’s also a long history between Montreal / Quebec and Boston / New England. French Canadians aren’t exotic or even foreign; they own a quarter of all the summer properties in coastal Maine and Cape Cod (it seems). There’s Habs vs B’s, arguably the best NHL rivalry of all time. Lots of top students from New England view McGill as a Brown or Columbia peer. And Massachusetts did, you know, invade Quebec a few times - never successfully, mind you.

When I was in high school, Montreal was a weekend trip for 18 year olds. You could drive there in 6 hours, and at the time the drinking age was 18.
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