Montreal Heritage – Between River and Mountain

Tour Description:

This year marks the 375th anniversary of the foundation of Montreal, Canada’s second largest city, famous for its vibrancy as a cultural hub. This tour will offer an overview of some of Montreal’s iconic landscape and urban features, and of recent efforts to protect and promote them, namely on the occasion of the city’s 375th anniversary. The Mount Royal, the city’s namesake, will be the point of departure as we explore how this small mountain has contributed to shaping the city. Our next stop will be the Pointe-à-Callière Museum of Archaeology, a unique institution in North America which has recently unveiled a new pavilion exhibiting the remains of the city’s birthplace, the 1642 ‘Fort de Ville-Marie’, an acclaimed project focused on the conservation and presentation of a complex layering of archaeological remains. The day will end with a guided tour of Old Montreal and the Old Port, exploring the history of conservation efforts in the city, and close off with a stop at one of its terraces.

General Itinerary:

  • 8:00 – 10:00    drive from Ottawa to Montreal
  • 10:00 meet at Smith House, Mount Royal Park, walk to lookout, presentations on the Landscape Atlas and nomination to Canada’s WH tentative list
  • 12:00 – 12:30  lunch on Mount Royal
  • 12:30 – 13:00  scenic drive
  • 13:00 – 14:30  Musée Pointe-à-Callière
  • 14:30 – 16:00  tour of Old Montreal and “apéro” at a terrace

Tour Leaders: 

Ève Wertheimer is a conservation architect with Parks Canada and member of the ICOMOS Canada board of directors. Prior to joining Parks in 2015, she has held various positions in heritage conservation, within the federal government as well as in the private sector and at the municipal level. A native Montrealer who has recently returned to the city, Ève is eager to share her enthusiasm for its heritage and stories.