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The Village and Downtown Montreal

directions_walkThe Village and Downtown Montreal
This walk will take you thru Montreal's Gay Village and the part of downtown of St. Catherine Street East circling back along sidestreets and Rene-Levesque Boulevard.
It's not a difficult walk, and takes about 1 hour. But, drag it out and take pictures and stop for snacks and turn it into 2 or 3 hours.
We began this walk at the Northern Gate of Chinatown (corner of St. Laurent and Rene-Levesque boulevards). Head north on St.Laurent, you will walk thru the old "red light" district passing the iconic Montreal Pool Room. Dates back to 1912, not a pool room, just a snack bar for steamies and fries. Turn right on St. Catherine street and head east. You will see some clubs and restaurants and just before Berri Metro station, you will see La Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes de Montreal church (built between 1873 and 1876) at 430 St. Catherine East.
Keep heading east and once you get to St. Hubert Street, you will cross into the Gay Village, you cannot miss the the flags and multi-coloured balls suspended over the street. Between Amherst and Wolfe streets, you will see the Galerie Blanc open air gallery. At the corner of Rue Plessis, the old Postal Station C dominates the corner, dating back to 1911.
Just after Beaudry Metro station, make your way to Rue de la Visitation, turn right and head south on this street, and you will encounter the Church of Saint-Pierre-Apotre built in 1853, at 120 rue de la Visitation. Now you will be on Rene-Levesque boulevard. As you walk west on this boulevard, go up and down some of the sides streets, like Amherst, Saint Andre, Saint Christophe and Labelle. Once you get to Rue Saint Denis, turn right on it and head north one block. On the east side of Saint Denis, at the corner of Rue Christin, you will see the old home of Napoleon Bourassa built in 1870(?) with amazing sculptures by Phillipe Hebert.
Turn around and head south on Saint Denis, crossing Rene-Levesque and on the east side you will see the massive CHUM health centre (Centre hospitalier de l'Universite de Montreal). The CHUM built right into it the steeple of the abandoned Saint-Sauveur church (1852). Make your way to Viger Avenue, turn right and head west passing Champs de Mars Metro station.
Head straight back to Boulevard St. Laurent, turn right go north thru Chinatown and you will be back where you started at the North Gates of Chinatown.



Northern Gate of Chinatown (corner of St. Laurent and Rene-Levesque boulevards)


The iconic Montreal Pool Room (St. Laurent boulevard)


La Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes de Montreal church (built between 1873 and 1876)
at 430 St. Catherine East


The Village


Building on Amherst Street, dating back to 1899


Corner of St. Catherine and Amherst streets


Galerie Blanc open air gallery
On St. Catherine, between Amherst and Wolfe streets


Old Postal Station C, dating to 1911
St. Catherine, corner of Rue Plessis

St. Catherine Street East - suspended multi-coloured balls


St. Catherine Street East - suspended multi-coloured balls


Church of Saint-Pierre-Apotre (built in 1853)
120 rue de la Visitation


Saint Andre Street - building in middle built 1900, triplex on right built in 1870


Saint Christophe Street


Saint Denis Street, corner of Rue Christin


1242 Saint Denis - old home of Napoleon Bourassa built in 1870(?)
with amazing sculptures by Phillipe Hebert


1242 Saint Denis - old home of Napoleon Bourassa built in 1870(?)
with amazing sculptures by Phillipe Hebert


CHUM health centre
(Centre hospitalier de l'Universite de Montreal)


CHUM health centre
showing the steeple of the abandoned Saint-Sauveur church (1852)

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