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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Research: French Canadian Ancestors  by Louise St Denis. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).

Some Historical Sites to Visit

It is easy to spend weeks visiting tourist attractions in Montréal, especially in the tourist season. In summer, many of the sites have students or actors to explain, to enact, or to guide you. The research centres have shorter hours in the summer, but these historical places give you a different perspective.

Some suggestions include:

Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site
458 Notre Dame Street Est
Montréal, Québec H2Y 1C8
Telephone 514-283-2282
This is the Victorian home of one of the Fathers of Confederation.

Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site
1255 Saint-Joseph Boulevard
Lachine, Québec H2S 2M2
Telephone 514-637-7433
Relive the great fur trade era. Visit the fur warehouse built during the apogee of the fur trade in 1803. Feel the furs.

Lachine Canal
Located in the South-West of the island of Montréal, the Lachine Canal links the Old Port of Montréal and Lake Saint-Louis at Lachine, on the St. Lawrence River.
Telephone: 514-283-6054
Called the waterways the highways of the time―this canal is just wide enough for two canoes to meet.

Fleming Mill
9675 La Salle Blvd.
La Salle, Québec H8R 2N8
Telephone: 514-367-6439

Maison Saint-Gabriel Museum and Historic Site
2146 Place Dublin
Montréal, Québec H3K 2A2
Telephone: 514-935-8136
The house that received the Filles du Roi from 1668 to 1673; constructed in 1668 is over 300 years old

Marguerite-Bourgeoys Museum and Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel 400 Saint-Paul Est
Montréal, Québec H2Y 1H4
Telephone: 514-283-8670
Erected in 1675―it gave birth to Montréal first suburb and was part of the fortifications in 1709. It burned down in 1754. Under the actual chapel, an archeological dig uncovered vestiges of an Amerindian presence between 400 BC and 500 AD.

Pointe-à-Callière - Montréal Museum of Archeology and History
350 Place Royale
Montréal, Québec H2Y 3Y5
Telephone: 514-872-9150
The birthplace of Montréal, Pointe-à-Callière, This is where Paul Chomedy de Maisonneuve erected Fort Ville Marie in 1642. This is also where Louis-Hector de Callière, Governor of Montréal from 1684 to 1698, and Governor of New-France from 1699 to 1703 had his Montréal residence built.

McCord Museum
Of interest is the Notman Photographic Archives, which documents the history of Canada from 1840 to present. Over 450,000 photos, including 200,000 glass negatives. Note that the Notman collection can be viewed by appointment only―call ahead to avoid disappointment. 690 Sherbrooke Street West
Montréal, Québec H3A 1E9
Telephone: 514-398-7100


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