• Short Summary

    CANADA'S LARGEST CITY HAS THE UNUSUAL DISTINCTION OF COMPLETELY SURROUNDING A MOUNTAIN. MOUNT ROYAL IS?

  • Description

    CANADA'S LARGEST CITY HAS THE UNUSUAL DISTINCTION OF COMPLETELY SURROUNDING A MOUNTAIN. MOUNT ROYAL IS 759 FEET HIGH AND COVERS FIFTY SQUARE MILES. MOST OF IT IS PROTECTED BY LAW AS PUBLIC PARKLAND. WITHIN A STONE'S THROW OF FORTY-STORY SKYSCRAPERS,
    MONTREALERS EACH WINTER FLOCK TO MOUNT ROYAL'S SNOWY SLOPES AND FROZEN BEAVER LAKE NEAR ITS TOP FOR SKIING AND SKATING. EVERY WEEKEND SEES SOME 10,000 ENTHUSIASTS, YOUNG AND OLD, BEGINNER AND EXPERT, ALL ENJOYING THEIR UNIQUE SYLVAN PLAYGROUND.

    BUT ACTIVE CROWDS LIKE THAT NEED SUPERVISION. SOME FIFTEEN YEARS AGO THE MONTREAL POLICE DEPARTMENT FORMED A SPECIAL PATROL FOR THE JOB. IT WAS THE FIRST AND IS STILL THE ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND IN THE COUNTRY. MEMBERS OF THE PATROL ARE HAND PICKED FOR THEIR PROFICIENCY IN SPORT AND ESPECIALLY FOR THEIR ABILITY ON SKIS, SKATES OR SNOWSHOES -- MOST OF THEM ARE EXPERTS ON ALL THREE, AS WELL AS THEIR CAPACITY FOR HANDLING CROWDS IN FRIENDLY AND INFORMAL MANNER. THEY ARE NOT CONSIDERED AS POLICEMEN, BUT RATHER AS FRIENDS AND HELPERS IN CASE OF TROUBLE. THERE ARE BOUND TO BE SOME EMERGENCIES AMONG 10,000 ACTIVE PEOPLE. SOME 10 AND 15 OF THEM EACH WILL 'COME A CROPPER' WITH SPRAINED OR BROKEN LIMBS. THE SKI PATROL ARE ALL MEMBERS OF THE ST. JOHN'S AMBULANCE, TRAINED AND EQUIPPED FOR FIRST AID TREATMENTS. EVEN SPECIAL SKI-STRETCHERS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED TO BRING CASUALTIES IN QUICKLY AND COMFORTABLY. MOUNT ROYAL IS ONE OF THE PLEASANTER PLACES TO BREAK A LEG.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1PXYWXM9G4UI7GV2SOGTZI66A
    Media URN:
    VLVA1PXYWXM9G4UI7GV2SOGTZI66A
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/02/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:06:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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