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Vintage Postcard: Montreal Ice Shove, Commissioner St.


IceShoveFrThe term “ice shove” refers to a natural phenomena that used to occur along the St-Lawrence River each year during the great Spring thaw. The St-Lawrence is a mighty river – and Canadian rivers accumulate a lot of snow and ice over the winter –  so as the ice melt would begin, the fierce river currents would drive massive ice boulders  up onto the shore.  The image above depicts one recurring – and particularly well-known ice shove which would form near Montreal’s Bonsecours Market. You can see a painting of the Ice Shove in the same area by artist James Duncan at the Collector’s Passion site.


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July 23, 2009 - Posted by | .


  1. Now I know why I prefer to live on the west coast. Brrrr.


    Comment by Lori E | July 23, 2009 | Reply

  2. Just wondered whether you may be related to Laurence Theriault
    an administrator at Mount Royal Cemetery.
    She was able to help me find 6 family members who were interred
    Best wishes,


    Comment by Ian Fowler | August 1, 2009 | Reply

    • Hello Ian!
      I am related in the sense that we Theriaults all descend from Jehan Theriault and Perrine Rau, Acadian settlers of the 1600s, but I don’t believe he descends form my particular line!
      Thanks for your comments.
      Evelyn in Montreal


      Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | August 1, 2009 | Reply

  3. Message from Jason:
    I like this postcard because I like playing on the ice.


    Comment by jason | September 17, 2009 | Reply

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