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ArchitecTours® present 6 walking explorations around Montréal

Running from August 6 to October 2, 2022, "Montreal in Transformation" is presented by ArchitecTours® in collaboration with Héritage Montréal. This experience will offer six original guided tours to discover the impact of transformations on development, architecture, heritage, and city life.

PHOTO: Facebook, Héritage Montréal

These walking explorations are presented on Saturdays and Sundays, with tours in French departing at 10 am and 2 pm and the English tour beginning at 10:30 am. The tours last two hours and are offered rain or shine. The rate is 15$ for those under 35 years of age. Tickets must be purchased online here:

Each tour focuses on a specific downtown Montréal neighborhood. The tours are as follows;

Tour #1: The Latin Quarter From the Université de Laval in Montreal to UQAM, the Latin Quarter has been the home of knowledge for over 150 years. Enlivened by vast construction sites such as the CHUM and Viger Square, take a stroll through this neighborhood that is transforming before our eyes!

Tour #2: Plaza Saint-Hubert From its golden age in the mid-20th century to the decline caused by shopping malls' popularity, the Plaza has been reborn. Come and discover this transformed commercial artery and its surroundings—new perspectives on a neighborhood redesigned for the 21st century.

PHOTO: Héritage Montréal

Tour #3: Downtown A place of passage, commerce, and work, recent projects are now leading downtown to become a place of residence as well. Navigate between the Canadiens Tower and the Pavillon des Sœurs-Grises to see how past and present projects are transforming the face of the western part of downtown.

Tour #4: From MIL Campus to Mile End Rail, infrastructure has been central to the development of many neighborhoods. The new MIL campus of the Université de Montréal will open up this area and breathe new life into it. Cross the eras and the neighborhoods by following the railway tracks, from Parc-Extension to Rosemont, passing through Outremont and the Mile End.

Tour #5: The Sainte-Marie district Follow the transformations that have taken place in this area of downtown, from the Grover to the Espace Libre, several emblematic sites have been given a second life, offering new possibilities to citizens and opportunities to reclaim their neighborhood.

PHOTO: Héritage Montréal

Tour #6: Verdun Formerly a working-class town turned Montreal neighborhood prized for its quality of life, explore Verdun from the Aqueduct Canal to the beach via Wellington Street - its commercial artery recently transformed thanks to community, business, citizen, and political involvement.

From the demolition of the fortifications at the turn of the 19th century to the major urban renewal projects of the 1960s and recent citizen projects, the city of Montreal has been transformed by numerous development, demolition, and construction projects. The tours are presented by Héritage Montréal, a private non-profit organization that aims to promote, enhance and enrich the identity and specificities of the Greater Montreal area. As the demographic and economic heart of Quebec, Montréal is home to the country's largest collection of heritage assets.


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