Golden Square Mile
Golden Square Mile
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From 1840 to 1930, the Golden Square Mile was home to Canada’s anglophone upperclass, the majority of which was made up of Scottish businessmen. Situated to the northwest of what is now Downtown Montréal, the neighborhood is defined by its Victorian mansions, noteworthy institutions, elegant stores, grand avenues, green spaces and monuments that call back to its early years when its residents represented nearly 70 percent of the wealth of Canada. The Square Mile is part of the Mount Royal natural and historical district and includes McGill University, the McCord Museum of Canadian History, the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts and many other attractions and landmarks to be discovered while strolling along Sherbrooke Street West. The term “golden” was added to the name in the 1950s by real estate developers to refer to the prosperity of the area. Originally spanning about one square mile, it is contained by a southern border of René Lévesque (formerly Dorchester Street), Mount Royal Park
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Neighborhood: Ville-Marie
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  • McGill • 2 min walk
  • Peel • 6 min walk
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digitalroc
Calgary, Canada1,869 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I just finished a fantastic burger at the Burger Bar on Crescent, so thought I would walk around the neighborhood to burn off the calories. I stumbled upon the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts building all lit up, and looked at some of the other unique looking buildings on Sherbrooke. At the time, I didn’t know that I was in the Golden Square Mile.

There are some higher end hotels just a couple blocks away, such as the Four Seasons and the Ritz-Carlton, which makes sense that Tiffany and Co. is nearby. I didn’t know much about the Golden Square Mile, but it is known for Victorian-era architecture and in the past a former anglophone upper-class neighbourhood. Next time I am in Montreal, I will probably spend more time just to experience it during the day.
Written August 15, 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA17,096 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Years ago this was the upper class Anglophone neighborhood. There are still some very posh apartment blocks along this stretch, but now there are also big hotels and cultural institutions. Still posh, but not as much a residential area. Worth a stroll.
Written November 16, 2022
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JimmyJackk
San Marcos, CA5,183 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Area near McGill University and many shops and restaurants. Great area to visit and see the historic buildings. The old stumping grounds of Montreal’s well to do.
Written May 18, 2019
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LindaMontreal_Quebec
Montreal, Canada31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is old buildings at their best. Fun to see the old mix in with the new.
Written December 12, 2011
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Nora Sharif
Montreal, Canada42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018
This area is just awesome, especially in Summer.
If you are visiting, make sure to take a walk and get a coffee, maybe a lunch in one of the beautiful terraces over there. It's a dynamic energetic intersection; that has malls, cafes, banks and obviously some great scenery.

Tip: To have the change of getting some lovely pictures, or just enjoy a pretty wonderful view...make sure to head to Place Ville Marie over there, then from there, you can find the outdoor terrace that overlook to this square.

Here's a picture that I took 2 or 3 years ago :
Written March 31, 2019
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Dennis P
Burke, Virginia, United States227 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
We had a hotel guidebook that praised the "Golden Square Mile" which is an area around McGill and a bit to the east, west, and south of it. The picture showed an extremely elaborate Victorian mansion behind wrought iron gating and stone walls. We asked locals where this attraction "the golden square mile" was. No one knew. Finally, they googled it, and gave us a map with the streets outlined. It wasn't far from our hotel, so we walked the area. Most of it is now hi-rise and modern. The only remnants are the Victorian row homes near the university and the university itself. While it was pleasant to see all of this, we didn't get what we thought we were in for: an old residential neighborhood out of "The Magnificent Ambersons" with sprawling Victorian mansions and properties.
Written May 27, 2015
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mzrmorgan
Nassau, New Providence Island106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
I had an informal tour with a local friend and wowww this is a seriously beautiful area! There is so much interesting history to learn anout and many of the buildings look like right out of a period piece! Lovers of history and architecture will appreciate a tour of this area, I'm sure!
Written July 30, 2018
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Thank you for your comment ! We are happy you have enjoyed a tour of the Golden Square Mile, a historic neighborhood in downtown Montréal. Please check our calendar of events on Facebook and also our website where you can find, dates for guided visits !
Written July 31, 2018
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA17,096 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
This used to be a very upscale residential neighborhood, but downtown has expanded and now you find all sorts of land uses including offices, hotels, and institutions. All upscale still. You can find some good food here. It is uphill from much of the city.
Written July 10, 2023
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson18,350 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
In the 19th century, the Captains of Industry made their homes (and built their grand Victorian mansions) in this area (which today overlaps with Montreal's Central Business District). All the whose-who of Montreal lived here, mostly of Scottish descent which probably explains why St. Andrew and St. Paul Church is a Scottish Regimental Church.

Over time, tastes change and the Victorian white elephants were far too costly to maintain and heat. People (post WWI) gravitated toward smaller houses and the grand deconstruction process dismantled the vast majority of these iconic historic pieces. Today, about 30% remain (we found some near McGill College on Avenue McGill College (Dr. Molson's house and a few more).

Sherbrooke also figures into the Golden Square Mile which, today, is a lot more than it was pre-1900. Hotel RItz Carlton is a great place to embark upon the search for the Golden Square Mile.

Times change and progress marches forward. Since its Golden days, the automobile came into prominence, there was a war or two, a recession, and today ... who could have imagined the exponential wealth of technology that surrounds us today?

Today this designation is a trendy tag, or handle; it sets apart this wobbly-bordered section of downtown's CBD that today is populated by some remaining historic charmers (peacefully coexisting with the touristy and University accoutrements). We found the mixing of the various flavors contributed by the past and present to be anything but dull.

A great find was a Lebanese sandwich shop on Mackay Street (yummy!!). Our Lebanese cab driver explained to us that since 1960, Lebanese migration brought many refugees fleeing their Civil War. All this adds just another layer of richness to the revitalized Golden Square Mile.
Written September 22, 2019
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA17,096 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
This is where the rich people used to live. Now it's home to hotels, office buildings, shopping and high-end old fashioned dining. Elegant, noble.
Written March 17, 2018
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