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Maison Historique George-Etienne Cartier

Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
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Address: 458 Notre-Dame St E | (Near Bonsecours), Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1C8, Canada
Phone Number: 514-283-2282, 800-463-6769
Description: Former home of Sir George-Etienne Cartier, now a history museum.

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Where a Prime Minister and Lawyer lived...

Cartier did away with the Seignorial Land Tenure System because they interfered with the expansion of railroads..his former clients. Politics bring about change..and land tenure... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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English first
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38 reviews 38 reviews
34 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Cartier did away with the Seignorial Land Tenure System because they interfered with the expansion of railroads..his former clients. Politics bring about change..and land tenure and property rights are always in mutation to suit the Agenda of the Day. The house itself is nice with large Victorian Furnishings and the obsession of the time to create small rooms with higjh... More 

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Montreal, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Part of the 100+ Official National Historic Sites and Parks of Canada. It may take a little finding and is not really advertised, yet for any history buff it is a must see site. Really well put together and well explained this is the house of one of the French founders of Canada.

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Montreal, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Sir George-Étienne Cartier was a Father of Confederation. His residence is far less grandiose than the person himself. Hidden at the east end of Old Montreal on Notre-Dame street, this place is often ignored by regular tourists (just count the number of reviews here). Do you want to know why Mr Cartier stayed in close-by Rasco Hotel instead of sharing... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We had this whole attraction to ourselves as there weren't any other tourists there. We loved it though, it is of great historical value and we learned a lot. The house itself is very nicely decorated. The whole house is completely accessible as there is an elevator on one side. Staff were friendly and great to talk to. The best... More 

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Northborough, Massachusetts
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Only takes about half an hour to walk through this small house museum. Very nice displays, incorporating music and smell. We were there near Christmas and it was was very festive.

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London, Canada
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68 reviews 68 reviews
35 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This is not a long attraction to visit so definitely worth having the Montreal museums pass. Very interesting exhibits and fabulous staff. Highly recommend.

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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The information I gained during this visit to the home of one of our Father's of Confederation was amazing. It was the type of tour that leaves you wanting to learn more about our history and how this man impacted the past and in many ways our present day lives. There were lots of artifacts including Mr. Cartier's travel bag... More 

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Denbigh, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Canadians especially should visit this site which is the previous home of this man who is almost unheard of and who did so much to shape our country. He was very influential in how Canada was formed during confederation, the powers given to the provinces such as education, legal systems, etc. and the building of the railway, etc. You will... More 

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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105 reviews 105 reviews
59 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

For someone who didn't know much of the Canadian history, this was a magnificent little find. I wasn't planning on visiting this exhibition but stumbled upon it. It was only a small admission fee so I decided to have a look. In exchange for my ID I was issued a tablet which provided me with additional information once I arrived... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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111 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

It doesn't take long to go through this museum but it is full of interesting information and the presentations are really varied. You can stand in decorated rooms and hear voices from the past describe what life was like. The house is so fancy. There is interesting political information as well.

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Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
The historic center of Montreal, Vieux-Port is home to some of the city's most antiquated buildings and picturesque streets. Along the waters of the St. Lawrence River, the bank of Old Port features museums, festivals, food stalls, and outdoor athletics, a celebrated part of the city that explodes into fireworks displays on warm summer nights. At its center, street performers and artists compete with sprawling restaurant terraces for space along Jacques-Cartier Square, while the cobbled streets of Rue St. Paul and Rue Notre-Dame offer a reprieve of quiet galleries and atmospheric wine bars. Horse-drawn carriages are not an uncommon part of traffic, and the narrows they traverse are lined with boutiques, crêperies, and poutine shops enshrined in buildings of stone and wooden lattices. Here you can evoke Montreal's past with a traditional cooking lesson or historical tour, then enjoy its artistic present with live music and theater.