directions_walkRue Saint-Denis to Viger to Boulevard Saint-Laurent
This walk is alot of fun. It will take you south on Rue Saint-Denis from Sherbrooke Street East all the way to Viger Street on the border of Old Montreal, then walking west to Boulevard Saint-Laurent (also known as "The Main" or St. Lawrence Blvd), and continue walking north on Saint-Laurent and end your walk at Portugal Park.
We had to start somewhere so we happened to be standing right in front of the William Notman House (built 1845) at 51 Sherbrooke Street West at the corner of Clark Street. Walk east on Sherbrooke and you will pass by the Bon Pasteur Monastery (built in 1847) at 104 Sherbrooke Street East and also the Buchanan Mansion (built 1837) at 170 Sherbrooke Street East. Take in the striking architecture of some of these buildings on Sherbrooke before heading south on Rue Saint-Denis. This street is known for it's many restaurants, bars and cafe's. As you walk south on Saint-Denis you will pass the Bibliotheque Saint-Sulpice (built in 1912-1914)at 1700 St. Denis and then the Theatre Saint-Denis (built in 1915) at 1594 St.Denis. There are many grey stone buildings on this street dating back to the Victorian era. As you walk south you will cross St. Catherine Street East, and on your left at 430 St. Catherine Street East is the Notre Dame-de-Lourdes Chapel (built in 1876).
Continue south and on your right is the Franco-American building (built in 1871) at 1238-1246 St. Denis. Keep going south and you will see the massive CHUM Hospital complex recently built. The main structure of the abandoned Holy Trinity Church (built in 1865) has been saved and incorporated right into the CHUM. Once you get to Viger Avenue turn left and walk east to the Gilles Hocquart building (built in 1908-1910)at 535 Viger. Cross over Viger Square, (which is built over the Ville-Marie Expressway) and right in front of you at 700 Saint Antoine Street is the spectacular Place Viger (originally built as a train station in 1898). Turn around and walk west on Saint Antoine Street and you will get a magnificent view of the Montreal skyline from the south-east. You will now be walking on the outer edge of historic Old Mo ntreal, and when you get to Saint-Laurent Boulevard turn right and head north. You will walk straight thru Montreal's Chinatown district.
As you exit Chinatown at Rene-Levesque Boulevard, you will pass thru the northern gates. Keep walking north on Saint-Laurent and you will pass thru the infamous "red-light" district of years ago at the corner of Saint-Catherine Street. The walk will now go up an incline as you pass de Maissoneuve Boulevard, Ontario Street and then Sherbrooke Street. This part of Saint-Laurent Boulevard will now take you into the traditional area known for its Eastern European and Jewish history. Many shops, restaurants, bars and cafe's line this street as well. At one point "The Main" was the dividing point between east and west in Montreal. We ended our walk at Portugal Park at the corner of "The Main" and Marie-Anne Street. Incidentally, bordering the south side of the park is Vallieres Street where the poet musician Leonard Cohen lived in the grey stone house.
This walk was done on Saturday April 13, 2019
William Notman House
Bon Pasteur Monastery
Bibliotheque Saint Sulpice
Le Franco-Americain Hotel
CHUM super hospital
Holy Trinity Church
Gilles Hocquart building
Skyline of downtown from the south-east
Chinatown - Northern Gate
Leonard Cohen's old home
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