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):