Due to the continued success of the tours offered in past sessions, we have once again organized guided walking tours to different areas in the city. All tours begin at 10:00 amat 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).
Maximum 20 members (Off-Site)
Guide: Harvey Levinson, M.A.
We will meet in front of the McCord Museum, 690 Sherbrooke Street West (McGill metro stop). The tour will end in front of Royal Victoria College, corner of Sherbrooke & University streets. This walking tour will point out how the district evolved from pastoral countryside to a predominantly anglophone middle class suburb, to a vibrant student ghetto. Interesting styles of architecture and noteworthy residents will be highlighted.
Guide: Diane Gagné
We will meet inside at the Metro Station Place Saint-Henri at 10:00. We will learn about the history, the foundation of the village Saint-Henri des Tanneries, and the annexation to Montréal in 1905. We will look at old factory buildings, witnesses of the Industrial past of Saint-Henri and the interesting public art works. We will walk around two beautiful parks, Place Saint-Henri and the Sir George Etienne Cartier park as we observe beautiful bourgeois houses and working-class row housing along the way. Finally, we will walk along the Lachine Canal and the tour will end at the Atwater Market, at noon, 2 blocks away from Metro Station Lionel Groulx.
Guide : Myriam Cloutier
Myriam Cloutier, Director of Heritage Programs at Mount Royal Cemetery will take you on a two-hour guided tour of the Cemetery to talk about the remarkable history of this final resting place of more than 200,000 people, commenting on the most famous people buried there such as fur traders, famous politicians, renowned Montreal businessmen, veterans of the Great War and victims of historical tragedies like the Titanic. The Cemetery is also a beautiful arboretum with more than 100 species of trees.
The tour will start at the Cemetery’s north entrance at 1297 Chemin de la Forêt, Outremont. Parking is available in the Cemetery or on the street outside the main gates. Public Transportation: Bus 11 (Mount Royal Park) or Edouard Montpetit Metro.
Guide: Claire Adamson
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
Meeting place is in front of Charlevoix Metro (Green line) Exit on Centre Street." Come and walk through the streets of Point-St-Charles, Montreal’s oldest working-class neighbourhood. Discover the landmarks and points of interests and learn about the rich history of its past, the successful pro-active community groups fighting for the improvement of living conditions, and the inevitable gentrification transformation of the neighbourhood. The tour ends near Maison St-Gabriel museum (2146 Place Dublin). If you intend to visit the museum afterwards, there are special rates for seniors and for those presenting their Montreal access card.)
Westmount - Evolution of Cote-Saint-Antoine Road
Guide: Ruth Rigby
We will meet at Westmount City Hall, 4333 Sherbrooke St. West at Redfern (bus 24) 10:00 am.This walk will follow the story of Côte-Saint-Antoine Road from its origin as an Indian trail to the present day. Along the way we will discuss the early French families who were deeded concessions of land along the Côteby the Sulpician fathers. Later in the 19thcentury, British merchants purchased these farmlands for their country estates. This walk will conclude with adescription of the road’s heritage buildings as they appear today. We will finish at the Hurtubise Farm - Victoria /Cote Saint-Antoine. I will take people down to Sherbrooke Street to get the metro - Vendome or buses along Sherbrooke.