This is a splendid walk – not just for visiting three beautiful parks, but, also admiring historic buildings and enjoying the atmosphere of these neighbourhoods.
We started this walk at the corner of Atwater Avenue and Sherbrooke Street West and headed west on Sherbrooke. You will pass right by CEGEP Dawson College, the largest CEGEP in Quebec, on the south-west corner. Dawson owns and occupies the Mother House of the Congregation of Notre-Dame, built in 1908, which encompasses 12 acres. Keep walking and you will start to see old apartment buildings, such as The Westmount (4168 Sherbrooke West), built in 1914. You know you have just entered the city of Westmount, when you see a name like this! Continue on and you will walk straight to the War Memorial and Westmount City Hall (4333 Sherbrooke West), built in 1922. You will then come upon the Westmount Lawn Bowling Club, founded in 1902, at the corner of Kensington and Sherbrooke Streets. Continue on a few blocks and on the south side of Sherbrooke Street, at the corner of Melville Avenue is Westmount Park. This 26 acre park dates to 1892 and the architect was Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Mount-Royal Park and New York’s Central Park. Westmount Park has a soccer field, wading pools, playgrounds, tennis court, an enclosed dog park and many old trees and mini-lakes, and much more. At the south end of the park is Westmount Park School, built in 1913. On the west side of the park is the Westmount Public Library, built in 1899, and beside it is the Conservatory & Greenhouse, built in 1927, but, now closed for inspection. Next to the Greenhouse is Victoria Hall, first built in 1899, then destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1924.
Go back onto Sherbrooke and keep walking west. This street dates back to 1817 and is the second longest street on the island of Montreal. When you pass Decarie Boulevard, you will see the sunken highway called Autoroute 15. From the overpass you can get a good view looking south, in the distance is the new St. Jacques Street overpass with it’s distinct 55 meter high spire splayed with cables. Crossing the overpass, you are now entering Notre-Dame-de-Grace, or NDG. On the south side at 5560 Sherbrooke Street West is the Empress Theatre, built in 1927 as an Egyptian revival style. It is now abandoned. Across the street is the (now officially named) Parc Notre-Dame-de-Grace, but, if you grew up in the area, you will know it as Girouard Park. At the south end of Girouard Park is Place Vimy, a memorial to Canadians who fought and died at Vimy Ridge in the First World War. Girouard Park is quite big, with a soccer field, baseball diamond, a fenced dog park, playground and more. Very old trees can be found in this park and along neighbouring streets.
When exiting the park on the north end, you will see the original St Augustine’s Church, built in 1919, at 5565 Cote Saint Antoine Road. At the corner of Cote Saint Antoine and Girouard, head north for one block and you will come to Notre-Dame-de-Grace Avenue, turn right and head east on Notre-Dame-de-Grace, crossing the overpass over Autoroute 15 and on the north side of NDG avenue you will see the original Dominican’s Father’s Monastery, built in 1922 (5375 Notre-Dame-de-Grace) and right beside it is the original Notre-Dame-de-Grace Church, built in 1853 (5333 Notre-Dame-de-Grace). Continue east on Notre-Dame-de-Grace Avenue for about six blocks and NDG Avenue will merged into Westmount Avenue, and right at this corner you will see CEGEP Marianopolis College, which owns and occupies a building from The Sisters of the Congregation of Notre-Dame, built in 1925. As you come to the next corner of Victoria Avenue, you will see the Westmount Seventh Day Adventist Church, built in 1913. Continuing on Westmount Avenue and at the corner of Roslyn Avenue, you will pass by Roslyn School, built in 1908. Continue on for about three more blaocks and you will arrive at King George Park (also known as Murray Hill). This park dates back to 1939 and is 14 acres. It has a tennis court, a soccer field, a fenced dog park, playground and because it is a hill, there is incredible views of the St. Lawrence River and beyond from the top. Also, plenty of wide open grassy areas. Walk south thru King George Park to it’s border with Cote-Saint-Antoine Road and head east for about four blocks and you will see St. Matthias Church, built in 1912, at the corner of Cote-Saint-Antoine Road and Church Hill Avenue. We continued east and then connected back onto Sherbrooke Street West and headed towards Atwater Avenue, where we began.
We did this walk on Sunday, June 23, 2019 between 09:45 and 13:30.
The largest CEGEP in Quebec, Dawson owns and occupies the Mother House of the Congregation of Notre-Dame, built in 1908
The Westmount facade
you know you have walked into Westmount with a facade like this
built in 1914
The War memorial
Westmount City Hall
built in 1922
Westmount Lawn Bowling Club
founded in 1902
looking north, Westmount summit in distance and the original Melville Presbyterian Church on the right
Westmount Public Library
built in 1899
Westmount Library facade
built in 1899, then destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1924
Westmount Park School
built in 1913
Conservatory and Greenhouse
Sherbrooke Street West
Looking south on overpass
built in 1927 as an Egyptian revival style
corner of Oxford and Sherbrooke
orginal St. Augustine’s Church
built in 1919
original Dominican’s Father’s Monastary
built in 1922
original Notre-Dame-de-Grace Church
built in 1853
CEGEP Marianopolis College
Westmount Seventh Day Adventist Church
built in 1913
built in 1908
King George Park
St. Matthias Church
built in 1912
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