90 minutes guided tour

Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

HISTORIC OUTDOOR TOURS

Discover Montreal and stroll through history in the heart of two emblematic neighbourhoods downtown: the Golden Square Mile and Milton Parc.

When? Tuesdays and Saturdays
Where? Downtown, in the Golden Square Mile and Milton Parc
Adult ticket*: $25 – outdoor guided tour (90 minutes)
Ticket combo guided tour + access to the Museum: $35 – access to the McCord Museum and to the Stewart Museum included!

*Special senior, child and family prices are also available.

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Information on the tours:

Tour 1 “THE PRESTIGIOUS GOLDEN SQUARE MILE, YESTERDAY AND TODAY”

September schedule: (guided tour of 90 minutes)

  • Saturday, September 24: 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 27: 10:30 a.m.

October schedule: (guided tour of 90 minutes)

  • Saturday, October 8: 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 22: 2:30 p.m.

November schedule: (guided tour of 90 minutes)

  • Saturday, November 5: 2:30 p.m.

The Montreal neighbourhood as you have never seen it before!

Since the 19th century, the neighbourhood of the Golden Square Mile has been synonymous with luxury due to its sumptuous mansions as well as department stores, university buildings and luxury hotels, all within the area of Montreal bordered by René-Lévesque Boulevard to the South, Robert-Bourassa Street to the East, Mount-Royal to the North, and Côte Sainte-Catherine Street to the West.

On the McCord Museum Tour, you will discover typical architecture of the Golden Square Mile as well as the history of former inhabitants. Explore sumptuous mansions built by influential figures of the 19th and 20th centuries and discover what they are used for today. Equipped with a tablet and the MTL Urban Museum application, follow the tour guide and discover a century that underwent many transformations.

FREE! Included in your ticket: a short introduction and the access to the exhibition: Montreal Mansions, 1974 – Photographs by Charles Gurd at the McCord Museum. To visit the other current exhibitions at the McCord Museum, you must present the Combo guided tour + access to the Museum ticket.

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Tour 2 “The Rescue of an Emblematic Neighbourhood: Milton Parc and Notman House”

September schedule: (guided tour of 90 minutes)

  • Saturday, September 17: 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 20: 10:30 a.m.

October schedule: (guided tour of 90 minutes)

  • Saturday, October 1: 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 15: 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 29: 2:30 p.m.

November schedule: (guided tour of 90 minutes)

  • Saturday, November 12: 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 19: 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 26: 2:30 p.m.

The charming neighbourhood of Milton Parc, also commonly known by Montrealers as the “McGill Ghetto” due to its high concentration of university residents, holds a unique ensemble of Montreal architecture, mostly of family mansions from the 19th century. In the 1970s, this lovely neighbourhood was nearly demolished completely and would have been replaced by large apartment buildings. Thankfully, general public concern and protests of the project saved this unique Montreal location.

During this tour in the heart of Milton-Parc, you will learn more about the neighbourhood’s architectural heritage, the struggles of the citizens who wanted to maintain its human touch, the neighbourhood’s enhancement and the different building vocations throughout history.

The visit extends all the way to the Notman House (51 Sherbrooke Street West), once the residence of the most important Canadian Photographer: William Notman (1826–1891), whose Photographic Archives are held in the McCord Museum. In addition to the history of this important figure, you will have the opportunity to discover this typical 19th century home, now transformed into a hub and starting point for new technology companies.

FREE! The tour ends at Notman House’s Café Osmo where you will be able to enjoy a drink*, included in the tour price. *Offered only during business hours of the Café Osmo.

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