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History Walking Tour of Old Montreal
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History Walking Tour of Old Montreal

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Get an insider’s take on Old Montreal during this guided walking tour, which lets you leave the navigating to someone else. Choose a shorter walk of either the east or west sides or a longer walk that covers both. Through your guide’s commentary, come to understand the history, culture, and architecture of the city. Highlights include the Notre-Dame Basilica, Champ de Mars, City Hall, Bonsecours Market, and Place Jacques-Cartier.
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on_the_go_98765 wrote a review Sep 2019
Tucson15,543 contributions1,481 helpful votes
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Founder of the Sisters of Charity (i.e. Grey Nuns), she had her spiritual awakening after the death of her boot-legging husband (who sold illegal liquor to the Indians in exchange for their furs) and the death of 4 of her 6 children. Alone at age 30, she and a small band of like-minded women dedicated themselves to those in poverty. The term "Grey Nun" was originally meant to be a snarky term of disrespect as it loosely translates to "drunken woman" in reference to her husband. However, the term stuck and the disrespect has long faded away. The proper term is "Sisters of Charity." The remnants of her hospital are only present-day ruins and they are as well preserved as they can be, in this harsh climate. Her having used slave labor, which she had purchased, (both Indians and British prisoners) to build the hospital is not something the legacy focuses upon. She was a slave-owner. She was also the first native Canadian saint. The whole of Place d'Youville is a treasure trove of history with a modern touch; the "hand" crawling around on top of a high building is an eye-catcher. It is very near to the Centre d'Historie de Montreal building (look for the Flemish scrolls on the side of this big red brick Fire House building). Venture around a bit, look for the ruins of the mid-1700's hospital and Convent. Old Town Montreal is packed with history (and stories).
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Date of experience: August 2019
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gecko77 wrote a review Aug 2018
Coventry, United Kingdom1,066 contributions693 helpful votes
This is a biggish square. It didn't strike me as particularly exciting or interesting. There are some benches in the shade to sit on and there are a couple of museums lining the square. It was pretty average.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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JLC-mtl2015 wrote a review Jun 2017
Montreal, Canada372 contributions125 helpful votes
Above where use to be the St-Pierre River, sits Place d’Youville. • Historical site it is where: o the first boats landed o In this place you can find also the Monument of the Pioneers (obelisk) (Monument aux Pionniers) that makes tributes to the founders of the city and first settlers. • A part of this place was renamed “Place de la grande Paix” since it is here that Great Peace of Montreal treaty was signed between M. Louis-Hector de Calliere and 40 aboriginal nations in 1701. Nice place to walk and remember. Nearby the old port of Montrea land Pointe-à-Callière Museum Note: Some photos on this page seems to be place d'Youville in Quebec instead of Montreal.
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Date of experience: May 2017
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Iona B wrote a review Nov 2016
Sydney, Australia195 contributions81 helpful votes
A tree lined avenue with restored historical buildings flanked by the walls which were built 1717-38 .Easily walked and close to many other historical attractions.
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Date of experience: October 2016
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Joop V wrote a review Nov 2016
Ede, The Netherlands2,131 contributions202 helpful votes
Marie-Marguerite d'Youville lived in this place between 1747 and 1771. She was founder of the Grey Nuns, helped the poor with shelter and food, and donated money to the hospital. The Sisters of Charity kept the house almost in its original state. Admittance with a guide tour is free, but one has to make a reservation.
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Date of experience: August 2016
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