Historic Sites in Montreal

Historic Sites in Montreal, Quebec

Montreal Historic Sites

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  • Corihi
    Honolulu, HI430 contributions
    We visited the Notre Dame Bonsecours Chapel, also known as the Sailors’ Church, out of curiosity. Small ships were suspended from the ceiling of the church by sailors and their families as thanks for safe passage at sea. Though it is not a grand church like the Notre Dame Basilica, we enjoyed our visit there. It was something different and interesting. We also liked the intimate atmosphere.
    Written November 6, 2022
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  • rambuzzz
    Cavite Province, Philippines40 contributions
    The old estate of a pioneer leader of Montreal is truly something yo experience. It offered many interactive exhibits that let me lesrned about how a powerful family in Old Montreal lives.

    I also appreciate the works of Canadian masters of fine arts exhibited all over the many halls, arranged to give ypu a glimpse of the founding of the city.
    Written January 26, 2023
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  • travelerhugh
    Belleville, IL85 contributions
    Visiting the south end of the Lachine Canal provides a glimpse into the evolution of the canals. The north end (at the port) provides a little more. There are parts restored and visible, others not so much, since the entire canal fell into disuse after the St. Lawrence Seaway with its larger locks and channels was opened in 1959-1963.
    Written October 6, 2022
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  • jahhp
    Los Angeles, CA617 contributions
    My partner and I attempted to go one day and trekked out there on the bus. Unfortunately, they don't have English speaking tours every hour. From what I gathered, it's every other hour, so plan ahead. The next tour wasn't for a couple of hours, so we bailed that day and came back the next. And I'm SO glad we did.

    The tour lasts about an hour and we had a lovely male tour guide who was friendly, knowledgeable and a terrific host.

    There's not a LOT to do otherwise, but I say it's a great tour and very historic and should be on everyone's agenda. It does take a bit of time to get there, but it's worth it if you're a history buff.

    They have a cute gift shop, there are some things to see outside, but the main attraction is the back building where you will learn about RURAL life way back when.
    Written December 8, 2022
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  • david n
    Manchester, UK4,226 contributions
    Really this place is what is called in Europe an "artisinal market". Most shops did have some interesting items on display so it is worth going into this imposing structure.
    Written January 7, 2023
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  • katkiwi1
    1 contribution
    Château Dufresne is so beautiful! The outside and the inside are both impressive. The self guided tour with the iPad was great and allowed us to learn about the history of each room. I suggest visiting in the morning, if you are going during the summer, since there isn’t air conditioning.
    Written August 2, 2022
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  • DarB-Ottawa
    Ottawa, Canada88 contributions
    We had a very pleasant visit to this small but well laid out museum. There were not many visitors when we arrived so we got a short introduction tour from one of the staff members. He was great; very knowledgeable and interested in sharing his knowledge and enhancing our experience. There is parking very close by for a small fee ($2 or $3). We had a nice picnic at a picnic table just beside the museum. Although the day was quite warm, it was pleasant to be at this site as it is right beside the Lachine Canal, and there was shade and a cool breeze.
    Written August 9, 2022
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA14,604 contributions
    The landscaping is immaculate in this pleasant square right in the middle of downtown. Important buildings all around taking advantage of the sunlight and green views from this square. Places to sit and eat lunch. Parking garage underneath.
    Written October 7, 2022
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  • Aimee C
    18 contributions
    We got a nice tour with a lot of explanations, my kids loved it! It was a great half day outing. Downstairs they have a nice bunch of games to teach you some history, good for the citizenship exam practice unless they make significant changes. It is a well kept place and a nice thing to add to your list if you are touring Montreal, esp since there are several other attractions nearby in the Old Port area. It's not expensive either. It's good to be a tourist sometimes, if you live here you don't get to do it that much.
    Written September 13, 2022
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  • on_the_go_98765
    Tucson18,230 contributions
    This is a short piece of street, running from McGill College on Sherbrooke for a few short blocks all the way to Rue St. Catherine (near the Underground CIty). There's a juxtaposition here that is exemplified in the old Victorian mansion and the sculpture in front of the mansion called "la lecon" (the lesson).

    The sculpture depicts a young, typical student (note the fries and burger at his feet) who is horrified (yet spellbound) by what he is reading on his computer. His absorption is complete: the wily rodent makes off with his pickle and still he doesn't move. The message on the computer announces: "Steve Jobs is Dead 1955-2011" and that is all to be said about that.

    The Victorian mansion behind the sculpture is one of the few remaining Victorian mansions (this one was Dr. Molson's) and represents something that also has slipped into the past. Its a beauty, though.

    Along this short street there's an interesting public art installation called "La Foret Urbaine" and looks like someone toilet papered some bare trees. However, the night lighting is so pretty and the breezes give such nice movement to the trees.

    We thoroughly enjoyed our time on Avenue McGill College, expanding our walk to include McGill College.
    Written September 22, 2019
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA14,604 contributions
    This is one of the big squares in Old Montreal and an area surrounded by history. Also surrounded by historic buildings and some places to eat and drink. It's a good place to sit and rest in good weather.
    Written November 25, 2022
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA14,604 contributions
    This is a pleasant square in downtown and the fountain makes it work. Stop for a minute if you are passing by and enjoy it.
    Written December 5, 2022
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  • William H
    45 contributions
    This is a unique museum that looks at the hand-crafted objects both old and new. Quebec has an extraordinary material culture - pottery, furniture, ironwork, silver - all beautifully presented in a historic church building. Weaving in contemporary craft - giving young artisans a place to show - added to the experience. LOVED the videos of working artisans - their stuff and stories
    Written August 4, 2017
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  • montrealandre
    montreal96 contributions
    I went to see a very excentric schizophrenic yet amusing patient there that wanted me to ''free her', and hire me as a lawyer.
    While there, I snooped around and was awed by the idyllic terrace around the building and the view of the St Lawrence below. Some of the river view is hindered today.This was once a grand mansion with Victorian fine architectural details.
    Just two bits of advice, if you go, it should be on foot because parking around there is scarce. So if you're fit and need some exercise, challenge yourself to climb up there from Sherbrooke Street and also check out the surrounding Chateau style Water Plant on Dr Pennfield, adjoining McGill Campus and Royal Victorial Hospital (parking available there but expensive) .
    Written July 19, 2012
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