Historic Sites in Montreal

Historic Sites in Montreal, Quebec

Montreal Historic Sites

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Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks
Olympic Park & Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (HoMa)
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks
Ville-Marie

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  • PookyCake
    Victoria, Canada13,884 contributions
    Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, also known as the “Sailors Church,” represented one of the last major stops on our day tour of Old Montreal. This wasn’t for lack of things to do; rather, the foot issue I’d been dealing with at the time was starting to become a bother and made it quite uncomfortable to amble about. As such, my time visiting this lovely church was marred by increasing pain, which obviously detracted from my overall enjoyment from what is a lovely – and somewhat quirky – house of worship.

    In any event, the Sailors Church was built in 1771 on the foundations of an even older church (which, I think, makes it one of the oldest churches in Montreal). It was designed by Marguerite Bougeoys, one of Montreal’s first teachers. The design is at once opulent and practical: Opulent because of the ornate biblical scenes that decorate the ceiling concomitant with beautiful stained-glass windows; and practical because the church isn’t large and serves a clear and definite purpose. Yes, it’s no Notre Dame Basilica, but it carries its own unique charm and character.

    Besides the ornate ceiling work and obvious religious symbolism found throughout the sanctuary, this church’s most defining characteristic has to be the wooden model ships that hang from the ceiling, giving Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel its alternate name (“Sailors Church”). “But,” you might ask, “why boats?” And that’s where this church’s connection to the Old Port and sea comes into play. Beginning in the 19th century, sailors arriving from the Old Port would make a pilgrimage to this church and make offerings to the Virgin Mary as thanks for her help in safe sea voyages. The model boats and the church’s nickname are meant to emphasize this unique connection with Montreal’s Old Port and St. Lawrence River. I think this is a really neat touch and adds something special to the church.

    Marguerite Bougeoys Museum, which first opened in 1998, is also housed in the church; however, we did not visit it, nor did we visit the archeological site or lookout tower. Again, I blame the foot pain! That issue notwithstanding, we still enjoyed our visit to this church and highly recommend it to those exploring Old Montreal. It is much more than meets the eye!
    Written November 29, 2023
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  • Kirsty
    Toronto, Canada5 contributions
    Excellent look at history in the city. The experience does require guests to engage with the content by listening to the audios. I’d recommend 1 hour or 2 if you’re really into history.
    Written November 17, 2023
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA16,742 contributions
    I am so upset that I did not discover this part of town until we were at the end of our stay in Montreal. I would have returned many times. Nice long walks with lots of interesting things to look at and lots of historic markers explaining what had been along the Canal. Great for bikes also and some good picnic spots. Plus places for coffee. A gem of the city.
    Written June 28, 2023
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  • Bruno-Serge B
    1 contribution
    Beautiful place, peaceful, especially with the fall colors. Excellent guide, knowlegable. For a nice afternoon with friends or family.
    Written October 17, 2023
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  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia45,371 contributions
    Bonsecours Market or Marche Bonsecours, is a sort of a "tale of two stories"! The building itself is a wonderful architectural structure, from the outside. From a distance it looks like a glorious building and from close up it looks fantastic. It houses dozens of a range of shops, mostly boutiques, but also cafes and other touristy shops. Unfortunately they are all very expensive! We browsed through some of them and quickly left. Also some of the staff do not seem to know how to treat potential customers, not that too many people would buy anything,!
    Written November 9, 2023
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  • Tamba5
    New England266 contributions
    Small but lots of hands on activities! Great place to visit with kids!
    They have period artifacts such as a beaver fur top hat.
    Nice clean bathroom.
    Eva behind the desk was very knowledgeable and outgoing!
    Written August 18, 2023
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  • AmarilisVos
    Jabbeke, Belgium2,318 contributions
    We visited this house on June 23. There is limited parking on site. It is actually two houses connected to each other. Two brothers Oscar and Marius Dufresne built it in the early 20th century. Some parts were not accessible due to the reorganization of some exhibits. With a tablet you can explore the different rooms. It's a nice house to visit.
    Written August 18, 2023
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  • Nico Samneil Sy Salado
    Newport, VT700 contributions
    A beautiful park but is being infested by homeless who are using or shall i say abusing the 420. Smells bad at some part and trashes are everywhere on some part and those part are where these abusers are.(i am not mean to homeless but if they dont have the right attitude in life or try to be then..) chairs and tables are available with some vendors who sell coffees
    Written September 21, 2023
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  • Foodange
    Manchester, UK2,822 contributions
    The church was free to enter but then there were charges if you wanted to visit the museum so we decided we’d seen enough of old Montreal.
    Still worth visiting this cute church with some amazing stained glass windows.
    Not sure why this is under shopping here, it’s a church and museum!
    Written December 8, 2023
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  • Aimee C
    20 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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  • Deb W
    Reno, NV2,571 contributions
    This was a great area to walk through. I really like Le Leon (The Lesson)-it's a statue of a person on a computer.
    Written August 7, 2023
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  • Foodange
    Manchester, UK2,822 contributions
    This is a quiet square with a simple monument devoted to the Pioneers. It’s behind the Pointe-à-Callière Museum. Perfect for a breather.
    Written December 6, 2023
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  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia45,371 contributions
    Place Vauquelin Fountain is a lovely little public space in Old Montreal. The area dates back to the 17th century and has undergone a number of phases, uses and names! Eventually it aquired its present name in honour of Jean Vauquelin a captain in the French navy who had particularly distinguished himself in battles against the British, in the mid 18th century! It’s a really lovely fountain and is worth a visit.
    Written November 13, 2023
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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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