Montreal Walking Tour
Pierre was our guide for a 3 hour walking tour through Old Montreal. We have found that this is one of the best ways to tour a city that you don’t know.
Old Town extends from Rue St. Pierre on the west to Rue St Claude on the east, and Rue St Paul on the south and Rue St Antione on the north. This section is roughly 1km long and .5km wide. Yet within this section you learn the city’s history beginning in 1642 and the Indigenous, French, Scottish and Irish influences. The old city and port are contained in a 4km wide section that extends from the St. Lawrence River to the base of Mount Royal. It is very walkable in this section.
Our tour began at the Notre Dame Biscillica at the corner of Rue Notre Dame and Palace D’Armes. We first toured the west side in the morning, followed by the east side in the afternoon.
|Notre Dame Biscillica. The first parish church was built in 1672, but the city had outgrown it by 1824. Which was when this larger church was built.|
|Located with the Basilica is the St Sulpice Seminary. The gates and doorways carry the Ava Maria monogram, combining the letters A V M.|
Directly across Rue Notre Dame you find the Palace D’Armes and the Maisonneuve Monument. Paul Chomey d’ Maisonneuve was the founder, and first governor of what would become Montreal.
Also at the Palace D’ Armes is a pair of cast bronze statues that capture the interplay of Canada’s French and English influences. First you have a stylish French woman, holding a French poodle, looking at the the Bank of Montreal with an exaggerated upturned nose. As if holding the English, represented by the bank, in contempt.
About 200 feet away, a companion bronze depicts a proper English gentleman, holding a pug. Like the woman, he has his back to her looking at the Basillica, his exaggerated nose upturned, showing contempt for the French influence depicted by the church. However, looking at the dogs each is holding, they look at each other in friendship and interest.
|Founded in 1817, the offices of the Bank of Montreal were patterned after the Parthenon in Rome. Montreal was the financial center of Canada, before it transitioned to Toronto. A move caused primarily by the automobile industry in Detroit.|
|Public art is found throughout the city. Here we find the Les chuchoteuses, or The Gossipers. My Bride could not resist the opportunity to join!|
|A walk along Rue St Paul takes you past shops and restaurants and galleries. Open exclusively to pedestrians.|
|The Lord Nelson monument overlooking City Hall|
|Crew Collective Cafe in what was the home of the Royal Bank of Canada|
|For Airmail Only|
|One Captain of Business, whose office overlooked that Alley was so happy to have an improved view that he installed a black granite reflecting pool, for the 18th century marble statue of the Goddess Amphitrite which he had installed.|
|Also found on our tour was a section of the Berlin Wall.|
|The design requirements include making the passage ways as artistic as possible.|
|We ended our tour where Montreal began, at the confluence of the Petite and the St. Lawrence Rivers. Here there is a tall stone obelisk honoring the French European settlers.|