Cultural and Historical Loci of Montreal
Montreal contains a collection of vast cultural sites, both heritage and historical, which aim to educate about cultural, colonial, and indigenous history. Montreal, being a crossroads of cultures, creeds, Indigenous history and colonial powers, houses many exhibits that represents these power dynamics within the history of the city.
An old colonial house that was built by French settlers who arrived in New France. Originally built by François Le Ber, it was later purchased in 1668 by Marguerite Bourgeoys, the founder of the Congregation de Notre Dame de Montreal to serve as part of her religious mission. This site focuses on the colonial history of French settlers within the city of Montreal, and has tours dedicated to the old farmhouse as well as a myriad of activities that are held to emulate that era.
Founded in 1992 and built on the site of the settlement of Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve’s arrival in 1642, Pointe-a-Callieres carries a host of different collections within the archaeological record. These artefacts range from Indigenous to British and French Colonial possessions. This museum is also known for hosting cultural exhibits from time-to-time, previously hosting a cultural exhibition regarding the Italian community in Montreal in 2021 and 2022.
Located near McGill University, the McCord Museum contains a wide variety of collections ranging from Indigenous cultural collections to colonial collections of archives to more worldwide collections.
A museum that focuses on the cultural history of the Jewish community in Montreal. Currently located on St. Laurent boulevard in Montreal, they excel in lived cultural historical experiences such as food tours where the Jewish experience in Montreal is explored through visiting culinary enivronments, and walking tours, where landmarks and cultural touchstones are explored. They also have a collection of materials online.
Montréal, Québec to Montréal, Québec
50 Great Saves: The Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act
Duncan, British Columbia to McAdam, New Brunswick 10 places
In 1990, the Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act came into effect after years of lobbying with the help of the National Trust for Canada. The act has granted over 150 railway stations federal legal protection across the country including the Duncan train station in Duncan, BC and the McAdam Railway Station in McAdam, New Brunswick.
Atlantic Canada’s Hidden Histories
Shelburne, Nova Scotia to Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia 35 places
geocaches that demonstrate the rich, diverse histories of Atlantic Canada.
Halifax, Nova Scotia to Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia 9 places
The geography of Black urban Halifax and Windsor encompassing the waves of Black migration
The Hidden Black Cityscape
Saint Marys Parish to New Brunswick 15 places
Explore Fredericton’s early Black history. Often missing from the modern cityscape.