The Urban Forest on Victoria Street – McCord Museum

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The Urban Forest

May 24 to October 17 2021

The McCord Museum’s Urban Forest is back for an 11th year offering Montrealers a space for wellness on Victoria Street in the heart downtown. With its street furniture and warm colours, this ephemeral park provides moments of relaxation to visitors and workers in the area so they can make the most of the summer season.

Enjoy outdoor activities and special entertainment on your own, with friends or with family, free of charge at all times. The Museum is counting on everyone to ensure that public health rules are followed.

Design: Paula Meijerink, Wanted Landscape
Collaborator: Melinda Hart, hART Design

Rendezvous In The Urban Forest

Art Comes To Everyday Life

One lunch hour during the weeks of July 19 and August 9

While having lunch in the Urban Forest, you may witness a pseudo-realistic theatrical encounter by OMNIBUS, a surprise performance that will elicit empathy, embarrassment and curiosity.

OMNIBUS le corps du théâtre offers a singular vision of theatrical practice, where the art of the body takes precedence over words.

The Urban Forest Goes Green

Every Wednesday in July (7 to 28), 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The McCord Museum takes environmental protection into account in developing and carrying out its initiatives. The Museum is collaborating with the Société pour l’action, l’éducation et la sensibilisation environnementale de Montréal (SAESEM) to create a green space in the Urban Forest to help combat urban heat islands.

Come and meet the SAESEM team at their sustainable development outreach kiosk in the Museum’s Urban Forest. Discuss ideas for better waste management and raising awareness about best practices for greening, beautification, urban agriculture, etc.

A recycling station is available: Bring your batteries, corks, polystyrene and Styrofoam, used pencils, etc.

Sunday Workshop: Looking After My City

Sundays, July 4, 18, August 1, 15, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

How can we take care of Montreal? Come and reflect on this question with your family in the beautiful setting of the Urban Forest. Take part in the free workshop Looking after my city, produced in partnership with SAESEM.

Find inspiration in snapshots of Montreal taken between 1865-1900 by renowned photographer William Notman. Have fun creating your own picture of Montreal using magnetic images.

Reservations required.
Activity recommended for children aged 4 to 12 accompanied by an adult.
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Gallery: Previous Editions

  • <i>La Forêt urbaine / The Urban Forest, 2011</i> © Marilyn Aitken – Musée McCord Museum
  • <i>La Forêt urbaine / The Urban Forest, 2012</i> © Marilyn Aitken – Musée McCord Museum
  • <i>La Forêt urbaine / The Urban Forest, 2013</i> © Marilyn Aitken – Musée McCord Museum
  • <i>La Forêt urbaine / The Urban Forest, 2014</i> © Marilyn Aitken – Musée McCord Museum
  • <i>La Forêt urbaine / The Urban Forest, 2015</i> © Marilyn Aitken – Musée McCord Museum
  • <i>La Forêt urbaine / The Urban Forest, 2016</i> © Marilyn Aitken – Musée McCord Museum
  • <i>La Forêt urbaine / The Urban Forest, 2017</i> © Marilyn Aitken – Musée McCord Museum
  • <i>La Forêt urbaine / The Urban Forest, 2018</i> © Marilyn Aitken – Musée McCord Museum
  • <i>La Forêt urbaine / The Urban Forest, 2019</i> © Marilyn Aitken – Musée McCord Museum

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