The Urban Forest on Victoria Street – McCord Museum
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Outdoor activities

The Urban Forest

Until October 9, 2022, the 12th edition of the McCord Museum’s Urban Forest provides a wellness oasis in the heart of downtown. With its street furniture, warm colours, green spaces and cultural programming, this ephemeral park invites you to relax, enjoy its activities and make the most of summer in the city.

See Montreal differently through our outdoor activities!

Design: Paula Meijerink, Wanted Landscape

2022 programming

Musical Wednesdays

From June 29 to August 31, from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.
The Urban Forest is coming alive every Wednesday this summer! Discover a wide range of artists thanks to a collaboration with Pasa Musik, Studio 303 and Diversité artistique Montréal, who highlight Montreal’s diversity and cultural richness.
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All About Urban Agriculture: Tips and Tricks for a Successful City Vegetable Garden

From June 16 to August 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Why should we coexist with pollinating insects in urban areas? How can we avoid wasting our vegetables? Is it possible to grow a vegetable garden on your balcony? Come meet the team behind SAESEM at their Urban Forest kiosk every Thursday at noon and learn more about urban agriculture.
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Sunday Workshop: Looking after my city

Every Sunday, from July 3 to July 31
How can we take care of Montreal? Come and reflect on this question with your family as you take part in the free workshop Looking after my city.

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.
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Sunday Workshop: Looking After Our Stories in Tiohtiá:ke

Every Sunday, from August 7 to 28
In this civic engagement workshop, you will lend an ear to the too often untold stories of Chinese, Afro-descendant and Indigenous communities.

Looking at photographs of 19th and 20th century Montreal from the Museum’s Photography collection, you will reflect on the presence or absence of objects and people that support their wellbeing in Montreal.
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Outdoor workspace – AIRE COMMUNE

From May 22 to October 9
This summer, the Museum offers you a pleasant and fully equipped outdoor workspace, in collaboration with Aire commune, as part of the Îlots d’été network.

The Îlots d’été, powered by Aire commune, is a network of outdoor workspaces that are strategically positioned throughout Montreal and totally free to use! Combining urban design and “green desking,” the îlots are small shelters equipped with powerful Wi-Fi, electricity and integrated lighting so that users can safely work outside.

Indigenous Plants Garden

On-going
Thanks to the invaluable collaboration of the Indigenous Health Centre of Tiohtià:ke, the Museum is dedicating the space along President Kennedy Avenue to the native plants of Quebec and is inviting Indigenous peoples to take an active role in their cultivation. Continuing the theme of the exhibition Indigenous Voices of Today: Knowledge, Trauma, Resilience, the plants in this garden will highlight the knowledge and philosophies of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples while enhancing our urban environment.

The McCord Museum and the Indigenous Health Centre of Tiohtià:ke would like to thank the Société pour l’action, l’éducation et la sensibilisation environnementale de Montréal (SAESEM) for its contribution to this project.

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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