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From Bonsecours to Berri

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

Near the old faubourgs,you can explore a very special blend of old and new. You'll have a chance to admire a beautiful 18th-century survivor, among other treasures.

Papineau house

On picturesque Rue Bonsecours, a famous house plays a trick on passers-by. It was built of fieldstone in 1785, in the current style, and later covered with wood cladding that cleverly imitates cut stone, in 1831. The owner at the time was Louis-Joseph Papineau, a lawyer and politician famous for his struggle against British colonialism.

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Rue Bonsecours in 1841

In Papineau's day, the chapel still sported its façade dating from 1773.

Rue Bonsecours is a good example of Old Montréal's resurrection. In 1962, journalist Eric McLean helped to launch this revitalization by restoring the Papineau house, an initiative soon followed by other owners.


A former hill and military remains

An 18th-century faubourg and... the crash of 1929!

An impressive faubourg

Two former railway stations

At home with George-Étienne Cartier


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