Due to the success of the tours offered last fall to celebrate Montreal’s 375th anniversary, we are again offering guided tours to different areas in the city. All tours begin at 10:00 am at the destination point in the description. Please wear comfortable shoes, sun hats, sunglasses for walking tours of at least 1 1/2 hours. Don’t forget to bring water. (There may be stops for a coffee during some of the outings). There is no tour on May 21 - National Patriots’ Day.
Maximum 20 members (Off-Site)
Hochelaga - Maisonneuve
Guide: Diane Gagné
We will meet at Metro Pie IX East exit at the top of the stairs (Pie IX & Pierre de Coubertin) & will then walk on Pie-IX down to Ontario street to view the Public Library. We will learn about the cities of Hochelaga and Maisonneuve before their annexation to Montréal. We will then walk east on Ontario towards Marché Maisonneuve, and the sculptures of Alfred Laliberté and then go south on Morgan Avenue to the Morgan Park, where the tour will end.
Guide: Diane Gagné
We will meet at the Jean-Talon metro by the main ticket booth near the underground entrance to the Jean-Talon Bell Tower. We will then proceed to the Casa d’Italia where our tour guide will present a brief history of the Italo-Canadian community. We will walk on towards the Jean-Talon Market and listen to historical information about the area. We will then continue down Saint-Laurent to Danté Street where we will visit the famous Danté Hardware store and finally to the Church of the Madonna della Difesa with its interesting frescoes. (The church would like a donation of $2 per person for the visit.)
The Golden Square Mile
Guide : Harvey Levinson, M.A.
Please meet in front of the McCord Museum, 690 Sherbrooke Street West (McGill metro stop). The tour will end at Sherbrooke & McTavish streets. Learn about the history of this gilded neighbourhood, some of its families and their opulent mansions, and its institutions including McGill University. This walk will include an ascent of a short set of terraced stairs on the McGill campus, followed by a third of a block walk up Peel Street just above Dr. Penfield Avenue – at our own pace!
Guide: Vivien Freedman
We will walk along the “Burgundy Path”, a natural green path that runs through the old residential area of Little Burgundy (on the north side of Notre-Dame Street West). Along the way you will learn about the evolution of this part of Montreal from an industrial boomtown, a vibrant hub of jazz scene to a currently socially-mixed residential neighbourhood. The murals you will see are an example of citizen actions aiming at bringing communities together. They reflect the social and cultural history of this neighbourhood. We meet at 10 a.m. in front of the Lionel Groulx Metro (Green and orange lines). Important note for those who are coming by cars: The walk ends at the George Vanier metro (one stop east after Lionel Groulx on the orange line).
Guide: Vivien Freedman
This beautiful tour borders three neighbourhoods: Little Burgundy, Griffin Town and Point St-Charles. We leave from Atwater Market and walk east along the north bank of the canal. Throughout the tour you will discover the history of the canal, the industrial and post-industrial development on each side of the canal. When we will reach Des Seigneurs bridge, we will decide whether to continue as far as the Wellington bridge. To get back to the Atwater market we will cross over one of those two bridges and walk along the south side of the canal that offers panoramic views of the city.We meet at 10.00 a.m. at “Place du Marché” near Parks Canada kiosk (a raised platform between Atwater market and Lachine canal). A parking lot is available across from the market. Two metro options: (1) from Lionel Groulx Metro station (Green and Orange lines), walk down Atwater road, then cross the market and St-Ambroise Street to reach “Place du Marché”; (2) from Charlevoix Metro station (one stop south after Lionel Groulx metro station on the Green line), walk north on Charlevoix street, cross St-Patrick Street at the traffic lights, take the Lachine canal pedestrian path on your left and head to the pedestrian bridge, go over it. You will find “Place du Marché” on your left and the pastry and coffee shop “Pain Doré” should be on your right.
Guide: Claire Adamson
We will start at E.N.C.O.R.E, 1857 Maisonneuve West, on the northeast corner of St. Marc and Maisonneuve West. Learn about the history of heritage buildings, Quartier 21, an endangered urban forest, Shaughnessy Park, Union sur le Parc public parks, Children's Square. The tour ends at Cabot Square near the Atwater Metro.