Saturdays and Sundays, at 2:00 p.m., from August 12 to October 8, 2017

Montreal wasn’t built in a day. It happened little by little, generation after generation, down through the centuries. From the Saint-Sulpice Seminary to Place Ville Marie, from Rosemont’s Garden City to the Quartier des spectacles, come on an extraordinary journey through the major transformations that have shaped Montreal. We are pleased to present this series of eight guided tours exploring eight chapters in the history of our city’s architecture, from its founding on a site where First Nations people had lived for centuries up to the present day.


All walking tours are two hours long and are offered in French as well as in English on Saturdays and Sundays, at 2:00 p.m., from August 12 to October 8, 2017. The visits are offered rain or shine.

For more information contact Joëlle Perron-Oddo, Educational Activities Coordinator at contact@heritagemontreal.org or 514 286-2662 ext. 21

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2017 Circuits

The Cité des Sulpiciens (1642-1800)

Saturdays August 12 and September 9

Travel back in time to the fortified colonial town that was known as Ville-Marie in its infancy. On this tour through the heart of Old Montreal, the visit follows the traces of the city’s earliest days and offers the chance to visit the gardens of the Saint-Sulpice Seminary.

Departure at 2:00 p.m., at the corner of Avenue Viger W. and Saint-Urbain, Metro Station Place-d’Armes. The visit ends near Place-d’Armes Metro Station.

The Merchant City (1800-1860)

Sundays August 13 and September 10

Explore the eastern part Old Montreal and discover signs of the young emerging metropolis. This tour includes looking at monuments like Bonsecours Market and Place Jacques-Cartier and highlights the importance of trade in 19th-century Montreal, when the city played a vital role in North America.

Departure at 2:00 p.m., at the corner of Avenue Viger E and Sanguinet, Champ-de-Mars Metro Station. The visit ends near Place-d’Armes Metro Station.

The Industrial City (1860-1890)

Saturdays August 19 and September 16

Discover the Faubourg des Récollets and Griffintown, the cradle of the Industrial Revolution and a key factor in Montreal’s transformation into a metropolis. Beginning in 1850, the pace of industrialization grew, and new residential neighbourhoods were built near the factories and warehouses, for workers and their families.

Departure at 2:00 p.m., at the corner of Wellington and McGill. Near Square-Victoria-OACI Metro Station, walk south (10 minute walk) or take the 61 W. bus. The visit ends near Bonaventure Metro Station

Canada’s Metropolis (1890–1930)

Sundays August 20 and September 17

See the transformations that created Montreal’s downtown core as we know it today, including a major real estate boom spurred by the advent of the tramway. This tour focuses on the many stores, hotels, theatres and other buildings that sprang up after the construction of Windsor Station and the creation of the Square Mile.

Departure at 2:00 p.m., at the corner of de la Montagne and Sherbrooke W., Peel Metro Station. The visit ends near Bonaventure Metro Station.

The First Suburbs (1900–1940)

Saturdays August 26 ans September 23 septembre

Learn about the effects of Montreal’s rapid expansion, including the creation of the first suburbs, as the tramway system spread out and population growth increased. This tour explores Outremont, where the construction of many institutions and low-rise apartment buildings helped shape an architectural and urban identity.

Departure at 2:00 p.m., at the corner of Van Horne and Wiseman, Outremont Metro Station
The visit ends near Outremont Metro Station (20 minute walk).

The Cité-jardin du Tricentenaire

Sundays August 27 and September 24

Discover the fascinating outcome of an architectural and urban planning experiment, born against the backdrop of Great Depression and Montreal’s 300th anniversary, and built in Rosemont at the height of the Second World War. This tour explores the development of this small community modelled on the Garden City movement, most particularly Radburn, New Jersey, with architecture inspired by traditional Quebec forms.

Departure at 2:00 p.m., at the corner of des Sorbiers and Viau. Near Viau Metro Station, take the 136 N. bus or walk north on Viau (20 minute walk). The visit ends near l’Assomption Metro Station via 131 S. bus.

The Modern City (1960-1980)

Saturday September 2 and October 7

Come explore the most notable achievements of the boom years when Montreal built big! Featuring emblematic buildings like Place Ville Marie and the Stock Exchange Tower—both milestones of Canada’s modern architectural history—this tour showcases the transformations at the heart of the modern city.

Departure at 2:00 p.m., at the corner of René-Lévesque W. and Robert-Bourassa, McGill Metro Station. The visit ends near Square-Victoria-OACI Metro Station.

Downtown Reimagined (1980-2017)

Sunday September 3 and October 8

See how efforts to reappropriate and breathe new life into the city centre’s urban fabric resulted in development of a new arts & culture and real estate hub in the vicinity of Place des Arts. This itinerary explores the public spaces along with the historic and contemporary buildings of what is now known as the Quartier des spectacles.

Departure at 2:00 p.m., at the corner of de Maisonneuve and Jeanne-Mance, Place-des-Arts Metro Station. The visit ends near Saint-Laurent Metro Station.


Members: $10
Students and Seniors (65+): $12
Adults: $15

Special access card

Purchase a Special Access Card giving you admission to 4 visits and save 15%!

Members: $34

Students/Seniors (65+): $40

Adults: $50

Payment on-site, cash only.

Tickets are sold at the departure point 30 minutes before the designated start time of the visit. A maximum of 105 tickets (35 per guide), offered on a first come first served basis, will be available for each visit.