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Rue Saint-Jacques

Tour route Next section Previous section Back to Notre-Dame Est Boulevard Saint-Laurent Rue Notre-Dame West The Old Seminary and Notre-Dame Place d’Armes Rue Saint-Jacques Des Récollets Around Rue de l’Hôpital Rue Saint-Paul, near Place d’Youville Place d’Youville Western end of the Old Port Pointe-à-Callière and Place Royale Saint-Paul and de la Commune From Saint-Amable to Saint-Gabriel Place Jacques-Cartier Eastern end of the Old Bonsecours From Bonsecours to Berri Rue Notre-Dame East Champ-de-Mars
Rue Saint-Jacques






One only has to see Montréal's version of Wall Street to understand the city's claim to be the metropolis of Canada in earlier years. Banks and insurance companies competed not only on their respective markets but also in their architecture, raising their head office buildings "to improbable heights", as a 1910 tourist brochure put it. Indeed, tourists of the day marvelled at these eight- to ten-storey skyscrapers, a reflection of the lofty ambitions of Montréal's barons of finance, most of them British and especially Scottish.

But when you get there, don't just admire the magnificent façades. Step inside and wander around the lobbies, some of them as vast as cathedrals.


The Bank of Montreal

Competing for prestige

Splendid sculptures

Little St. James Street

The World Trade Centre

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