2016 theme: The Heritage of Sport

For the eighth year, Heritage Montreal is pleased to unite partners from many milieus to present a wide slate of activities celebrating the UNESCO International day for Monuments and Sites on April 18th.

In 2016, the international theme of this day is “sports heritage” and coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Olympic Games in Montreal. From April 10 to 18, 2016, join us in celebrating the role of sports in the cultural, urban and architectural identity of our metropolis!

Montreal’s many sports installations and infrastructures testify to the important place it has occupied in the history and development of our city. From the Olympic Stadium to the first golf course in North America, on Mount Royal, not to mention the various arenas and sports facilities across the neighbourhoods and cities of our metropolis, many of these sites are of remarkable architectural, historical or community value. Through more than a dozen activities, we will explore this unique heritage and take a look at the evolution of sports architecture in an urban setting.

Make a note in your agenda and be sure to reserve early – places are limited!

Sunday, April 10  

• Heritage 40 Years Ago – The Montreal Olympic Games, guided tour presented by Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archaeology and History Complex

Details and registration

Wednesday, April 13  

• From Louis Cyr to the Olympic Stadium: A few monuments in the history of sport in Quebec, exhibition and lecture presented by the Institut du patrimoine de l’UQAM and Docomomo Québec

Details and registration

Thursday, April 14

• Stade de soccer de Montréal, guided tour presented by Saucier+Perrotte architecte

• The Heritage of Sport in Montreal and internationally, lecture and guided tour presented by Heritage Montreal and Royal Montreal Curling Club

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Friday, April 15

• Symposium: Bioarchaeological research at Notre-Dame’s first church cemetery (1691–1796) organized by Université de Montréal and the City of Montreal – Program (in French)

• Toponymy tour – From one downtown core to the other, a guided tour presented by the City of Montreal

Details and registration

Saturday, April 16

• Open doors at Écomusée du fier monde

• Olympic Stadium and the ancient Maisonneuve Park guided tour, présented by Olympic Park and the Atelier d’histoire d’Hochelaga-Maisonneuve

• 100 years of Sainte-Flanelle: The Canadiens Hockey Club and Montrealers, a history workshop presented by Centre d’histoire de Montréal

• Visit of the City of Montreal’s archaeological reserve collections

• «Sports and games on Mount Royal, a breathless story», a discovery tour presented by les amis de la montagne

Details and registration

Sunday, April 17

• 1940-1943 – Captive but active, the inmates of St.Helen’s Island, guided tour presented by the Stewart Museum

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Monday, April 18

• Visit of the City of Montreal’s archives, a guided tour presented by the City of Montreal

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On the Web

• Thematic capsule – Website of the Conseil du patrimoine


Photo © The Royal Montreal Curling Club