directions_walkWalk from St. Josephs Oratory to Westmount Summit back thru Cote-des-Neiges
This is a great walk, as you will be walking thru Canada's largest church, St. Joseph's Oratory (both inside and out), then on to the Westmount Summit and then back thru the Oratory onto Queen Mary Road around parts of Cote-des-Neiges and then back to where you began.
We started at St. Joseph's, walking up those magnificent steps and into the church itself, going thru each of the 3 levels. When you come out the back entrance of the church, make your way to the orignial chapel that Brother Andre built from humble beginnings. From there you can walk into upper Westmount, stay on Summit Crescent which turns into Summit Circle and will bring you right to the Westmount lookout. Turn around and head back to St. Joseph's, this time go thru the outside garden called The Garden of the Way of the Cross, located on the east side of the Oratory. Once this is complete head down to Queen Mary Road and head east towards Decelles Avenue. At the corner of Queen Mary and Decelles is Parc du 6-Decembre-1989 (a memorial to the victims of the Ecole Polytechnique massacre). Across the street at 5085 Decelles is the Jarry dit Henrichon house built in 1751. Turn north on Decelles and after 3 blocks turn left at Marechal Avenue and at 5353 Gatineau Avenue you will find Fire Station No.27 built in 1910. Walk north on Gatineau Avenue until Cote St Catherine Road and at 3435 Cote St Catherine is the Cote des Neiges Presbyterian Church built in 1880. Make your way to the corner of Van Horne Avenue and Cote des Neiges Road and you will be in the direct center of Cote des Neiges neighbourhood, home to approx. 100,000 people. This is where neither the english nor french languages are dominant, and there are over 100 different ethinc communities.
Head south on Cote des Neiges Road straight back to St. Joseph's Oratory to complete your walk!
There is a lot to see in this area, these are only some highlights, but, the walk itself is very enjoyable and great exercise - lots of uphill and steps.
St. Joseph's Oratory - Canada's largest church
View from St. Joseph's looking north
The original small chapel of Brother Andre
Summit Crescent takes you to Westmount lookout
Westmount lookout and view
Parc du 6-Decembre-1989
a memorial to the victims of the Ecole Polytechnique massacre
Jarry dit Henrichon house built in 1751
Fendall House (built in 1906)
corner Decelles and Fendall avenues
Fire Station No.27 built in 1910 on Gatineau Avenue
Cote des Neiges Presbyterian Church built in 1880
Corner of Van Horne Avenue and Cote des Neiges Road
Van Horne Avenue, looking west
Cote des Neiges Road, looking north
Cote des Neiges Road looking south from corner of Dupuis Avenue
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