Walking tours

La Grande Promenade de la Main

Sunday 25 May – a full-day exploration of Montreal’s main street, from the Old Port to Jean-Talon Market, with Bernard Vallée, Catherine Browne, Susan Bronson, Luc Bourdon, and other guides with a passion for history

  • Sunday 25 May, from 9:30 am to 5 pm
  • Starting point: Saint-Laurent Boulevard at the corner of rue de la Commune, in the Old Port
  • Arrival point: Jean-Talon Market
  • There will be a break for lunch
  • Cost: $20 (meal not included)
  • Reservations recommended – write to

In collaboration with MontrealExplorations


Annual general meeting – À l’aube des restes industriels

Monday 12 May: Annual General Meeting

Join us with a glass of wine and snacks to go over the events of 2013 and discover the plans of Friends of Saint-Laurent Boulevard for 2014. The business part of the meeting will be very short.

We’ll also hold a discussion on the place of the Main in the memory landscape of Montreal. How can history and heritage contribute to the present vitality of this central boulevard?

  • Monday 12 May, 6 pm
  • MainLine Theatre, 3997 Saint-Laurent Blvd. (above Segal’s, just south of Duluth)

    Saturday 17 May: À l’aube des restes industriels

    The multimedia work À l’aube des restes industriels is an architectural projection about the history and memory of railways and industry in Montréal. Laurence Grandbois Bernard is a master’s student in experimental media at UQAM. At the junction between documentary and art film, this work plays with multiple screens to associate archival images with recent footage.

    Created by Laurence Grandbois Bernard and presented in collaboration with Friends of Saint-Laurent Boulevard, Mile End Memories and Glen Lemesurier

    • Saturday 17 May
    • every half-hour from 8:30 to 11 pm (duration 15 min)
    • Parc des Crépuscules, Van Horne Av. near Saint-Urbain St., on the west side of the warehouse
    • Facebook event

    Preceded by the walking tour Mile End’s Railway Landscape by Mile End Memories. Meet on Saint-Viateur St. at Waverly, at the end of the «Mile End en fleurs» street fair, just after 4 pm. More information on the web site of Mile End Memories

    Walking tours

    Jane’s Walk

    The walking tour season has finally arrived! As usual, it starts with the 6th edition of Jane’s Walks coordinated by the Montreal Urban Ecology Centre. There’s a vast choice, 103 walks offered free of charge on 2, 3 and 4 May 2014 by citizens, city councillors or community groups. This annual event is organized in memory of author and urban activist Jane Jacobs.

    Saturday 3 May: La fameuse rue Bagg

    Tour led by Dory Reimer

    Discover the Jewish area and see the typical triplexes of the area, the beautiful view of the mountain, the family history of Bagg Street, the Bagg Street synagogue and the buildings of the businesses of yore and of today, the historical Bain Schubert, the Parc Devonshire, the Hotel-Dieu Hospital and of course a stop if you wish at the mythical Schwartz Smoked Meat.

    Starting point: Corner of Bagg and Saint-Urbain Streets

    In French: Saturday 3 May 2014, from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
    Free, registration required at

    Sunday 4 May: Le quartier portugais, au cœur de la Main

    Tour led by Miguel Simão Andrade

    Walking tour of the Main from the point of view of Montréal’s Portuguese community that has had its roots here for sixty years.

    In French: Sunday 4 May 2014, from 10 am to 11:30 am
    Starting point: Corner of Saint-Laurent Blvd. and Roy Street
    Free, registration required at

    Another suggestion of a walk on Saint-Laurent Boulevard (in French):