Over the weekend, a video of a collapsed calèche horse in Montreal, Canada, went viral, showing the world that the popular tourist attraction comes at a cost.
In Montreal, the horse-drawn carriage, known as the calèche, is still alive and well. Like New York’s horse and carriage tours of Central Park, calèche is part of the city’s tourist industry, ferrying visitors to and from historic sights in Ville-Marie.
The short clip, posted to Facebook by Diane Villeneuve, shows a horse lying unresponsive on the pavement as crowds in Old Montreal, a popular tourist destination in the city, look on. Villeneuve was walking with a friend near the Notre-Dame Basilica on Monday when she saw the horse, attached to a carriage, fall to the ground.