Walking tours

Walking Tours : Spring and Summer

Download the Spring and Summer Walking Tours here .

Date Time Language Activity Starting point End point
Sat 15 May 10:00am-12:30pm French The Main of Mile End: Explore Saint-Laurent Boulevard between Mount Royal and Van Horne Avenues (offered in collaboration with Mile End Memories) Southwest corner of Saint-Laurent & Mount-Royal Corner of Saint-Laurent & Van Horne
Sun 16 May 2:00pm-4:30pm English
Sat 19 June 10:00am-12:30pm English The Main, forever in tune: Discover the heritage of Saint-Laurent Boulevard between Sherbrooke Street and Mount Royal Avenue, while it is car-free for these two weekends of special events ( Northwest corner of Saint-Laurent & Sherbrooke Corner of Saint-Laurent & Mount Royal
Sun 20 June 10:00am-12:30pm French
Sat 21 Aug 10:00am-12:30pm English
Sun 22 Aug 10:00am-12:30pm French
Sat 10 July 10:00am-12:30pm English The Main of the Quartier des spectacles : Discover the heritage of Saint-Laurent Boulevard between René-Lévesque Boulevard and Sherbrooke Street, Montreal’s former Red Light district Peace Park (Saint-Laurent, north of René-Lévesque) Corner of Saint-Laurent & Sherbrooke
Sun 11 July 10:00am-12:30pm French
Sat 25 Sept 10:00am-12:00pm French Mordecai Richler’s Main and Mile End: Explore the places mentioned in the various novels of this author of Jewish origin who grew up in the ‘hood in the 1940s (offered in collaboration with Mile End Memories) Parc du Portugal (corner of Saint-Laurent & Marianne) Corner of Saint-Laurent and Fairmount
Sun 26 Sept 10:00am-12:00pm French The Main’s Portuguese connection: Explore the Portuguese neighbourhood and various aspects of Luso-Montreal culture through the discovery of the community’s principal meeting places North-west corner of Saint-Laurent & Pine Santa-Cruz Church (corner of Saint-Urbain & Rachel)

Reservations are not necessary for walking tours.
Walking tours cost $12 per person ($8 per person for 2010 members of The Friends of Boulevard Saint-Laurent), except on 25 and 26 September,
when they are free as they are part of the Journées de la Culture and Opération patrimoine architectural de Montréal programs.
For further information or details on membership, see
or contact Laure de La Moussaye at ou 514-286-0334.

Walking tours

Walking Tour: The Main of Mile End

Susan Bronson and Justin Bur

Discover the rich history of the built heritage of Saint-Laurent Boulevard between Mount Royal and Van Horne Avenues, as well as the many personalities who built it and lived and worked there over the last century.

Date and time:

Sunday 16 May 2010, 2:00-4:30 p.m., rain or shine

Departure point:

Southwest corner of Saint-Laurent Boulevard and Mount Royal Avenue (55, 97 or 11 bus, métro Mont-Royal)

End point:

Corner of Saint-Laurent Boulevard and Van Horne Avenue (55 bus, métro Rosemont)


English (click here for details of French tour)


$12 per person ($8 for members of Friends of Saint-Laurent Boulevard)


Not necessary

* Mile End Memories is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the heritage, history and culture of the Mile End neighbourhood.

** The Friends of Saint-Laurent Boulevard is a not-for-profit organization that works, with several partners, to identify and promote the immaterial and material heritage of Saint-Laurent Boulevard between De la Commune and Jean-Talon Streets, and to preserve the spirit of this National Historic Site of Canada.


The Main, Forever in Tune

Discover the diversity of people, uses and buildings associated with several places of heritage interest on Saint-Laurent Boulevard between Sherbrooke Street and Mount Royal Avenue. Nineteen interpretation panels will soon be installed in the different places that they discuss.

This project, made possible thanks to many hours of volunteer work and the financial support of various partners, is the first phase of the Network of Places of Heritage Interest on the Main. It will include an audioguide, to be launched later this year. This web site will be the starting point to discover the Network.

You can view the panels (PDF format) from their presentation page.


Annual General Meeting 2009

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to a short 2009 Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Saint-Laurent Boulevard preceding the Vernissage of the first series of interpretation panels for the project “The Main, forever in tune,” realized in partnership with Parks Canada and the Société de développement du boulevard Saint-Laurent. We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday 7 April 2010

Laika, 4040, boulevard Saint-Laurent (corner of Duluth Av.)

Agenda for the evening:

Annual General Meeting (5:00-6:00 p.m.)

5:00 p.m.: Welcome and registration of members with voting rights

5:15 p.m.: 2009 Annual General Meeting (see Agenda)

5:45 p.m.: Cocktail and exhibition of panels



Welcome to the new web site of the Friends of St-Laurent Boulevard.

You may also visit the Friends of St-Laurent Boulevard page on the site of the Société de développement du boulevard Saint-Laurent.