Canada 5 August: Ottawa, Ontario - Montreal, Quebec

Montreal Welcomes Us

Exciting and Soulful Montreal

Our morning statrted with a team run to the Oratory of St. Joseph in Montreal.

We were greeted by the keeper of the front gate who was so excited that he could not help but run with the torch a few steps with us.

The Oratory of St. Joseph is situated on a hill overlooking the beautiful city of Montreal.

A local runner, Paola, was so delighted to hear about the Peace Run she and her husband ended up joining for some running.

Alexandro Sita was a very kind policeman who expressed interest in the Peace Run as well.

The Oratory has a genuine 'Carillon', or bell tower which plays songs every half hour. There are only 11 Carillons in all of Canada. Anne was the expert Carillon player who allowed us to see the mechanical keys she plays on.

The original bells in this huge Carillon came from France in 1954. Anne played the Peace Run song on these amazing instruments as we sang it to our captivated audience outside.

Father Badeau was able to join us for the Peace Run song and ceremony outside the Carillon building.

Anne and Father Bertrand Badeau offer their peaceful smiles and wishes for Peace.

Father Jerome Joseph from India also kindly joined us and offered his goodwill to our team.

In the gardens of the Oratory are beautiful and peaceful shrines. The Oratory and its grounds grew immensely in the first half of the 20th Century due to the spiritual inspiration and work of Brother Andre.

Pierre meets with two of his good friends here, Marie and Laurent, who just flew in from France.

After a short tour we eventually had to leave this wonderful inspiring Cathedral for our next destination.

Marco and Paola joined us for much of our run through central Montreal.

Vidura, one of our hosts in Montreal, leads us through his city to the next destination.

Abhijit is also one of our friends from Montreal who helped to guide us through the city.

Impromptu meetings with locals is always a thrill.

A living clock.

Montreal has some beautifully landscaped gardens we enjoyed on our run here.

Beautiful classic stone buildings dot the landscape among the more modern glass buildings.

We found some shade on a hot and humid day to eat our lunches.

Abhijit leads us to the Westmount YMCA Day Camp nearby.

We offered our program to the children on a large shady lawn.

Ashadeep joined the team here in Montreal for our last week of running to our goal of New York City.

The children and counselors at the Y offered us a very special and innovative program. They invented new countries with names like Unicoria, Chinada, Minion Topia, and RPFI (Respect, Peaceful, Friend, Inclusive).Each country had their own sign and national song as well.

Barbora from Slovakia unfortunately has to leave us today after her cheerful participation for two weeks.

The counselor and children all had a chance to pass the torch and make a wish for peace.

Some of the counselors share the peace torch in oneness.

Program Coordinator Jonathan Kruidos very enthusiastically led the children around the field on a Peace Train journey.

Jonathan accepts our gratitude to the YMCA for their enthusiastic participation in the Peace Run.

He also accepts this reproduction of a colorful painting by Sri Chinmoy, Founder of rhe Peace Run.

Our local coordinator, Vidura, leads us out of the camp to our next destination.

We ran to the Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom in Montreal.

We were warmly greeted by Rabbi Lisa Grushcow and some of the staff there.

Devaki, one of our coordinators in Montreal, arranged for our visit here. She offers Rabbi Grushcow our Peace Run song which we sang for her and the staff here.

Rabbi Gruschow and her staff read out some inspiring thoughts on peace and oneness.

Rabbi Grushcown offered us a very special message of peace and how her religion promotes peace and service to others. She quoted the Torah with a phrase 'Rodfei Shalom', which appropriately means to pursue peace.

We weree taken inside the Temple to see the sacred Torah scrolls protected by there beautiful silver containers.

Two Jewish peace lovers share a special moment in this sacred Temple.

We then rean to our next destination, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

We were greeted by Thomas Bastien, Executive Director of the Museum Foundation, and some of his staff.

Vidura offers a presentation on the Peace Run to the staff.

Mant footsteps for Peace.

One of the many buildings of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Some of the architecture in this great city is quite stunning.

Thomas receives a Peace Run shirt from us and then joins us on a run through the city.

We met up with a few curious strangers along the way.

Our next stop was at McGill University where we met at a Peace Tree planted there by the Peace Run in 2014.

Just in time for dinner at the house of our friends and coordinators in Montreal, Vidura and Devaki, we enjoyed a full spread of great food so kindly donated by our hosts in Montreal.

There was plenty of food to make us feel quite content and full by the end of the evening.

Two satisfied customers and friends.

Back to work at getting our photos and stories uploaded to our website so you can read this.

Time for a little entertainment from two first time drummers.

Pavaka showed us how to get the beat going at the end of a long day.
We are grateful to him and all the Montreal friends who took care of us on our short stay here.