PRECAUTIONS TAKEN : Uv lights, Ozone, disinfect all surfaces, wash linens in 60 Degrees, 25 hrs between stays, 6 nights min. Peaceful Historic Apartment on a cobblestone street on a historic corner in Old Montreal. Across the street from Notre Dame de Bonsecours Church, Bonsecours Market, Maison Pierre de Calvet. 2bedrooms , 2baths ,private deck. Restaurants,museums,concerts,terraces,art
Galleries,fireworks, Old port. Church-bells, Birds chirping in the terrace garden, in the shadows of Angels.
The space is in a building from the 1700 s New France, built before Canada or the USA were countries. It sits across the street from Notre Dame de Bonsecours church which dates back to 1665, Bonsecours Market which dates back to 1847, Maison Pierre de Calvet 1725, hence it has the same view since 1847, step back into time.
Hard wood floors and stone walls, rod iron accents add to the 18 th century charm.
There are two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large living area with fireplace, Sound Station, a large outdoor terrace with charcoal BBQ.
One of the Oldest neighbourhoods in North America. Where Canadian Banking, Trading, Printing, Transportation, and Nation were conceived.
Montreal was an American city for 7 months from November 1775 to May 1776 (the yankee occupation) when Benjamin Franklin concluded it would be easier to buy the province of Lower Canada than to conquer it.
The Chateau Ramsey (1705) (around the corner and left on Notre Dame street) was home to the American parliament during the war for independence and briefly of American Generals Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold and American diplomat Benjamin Franklin, sent to convince the French Canadians to join the rebellion against England, during the brief Yankee occupation of Montreal during the American Revolution.
Benjamin Franklin set up the first printing press in Canada when he was here. Fleury Mesplet was sent here by Franklin to print pro revolutionary propaganda meant to convince francophones to join the cause of the United Colonies.
He found lodging in a tavern and set up his printing press in a building on rue Capitale (a lane running from St-Sulpice to St-François-Xavier, South of St. Paul street, north of de la Commune street).There used to be a plaque in the lane that for some reason is no longer there! Fleury did not leave with the revolutionaries and ended up founding the Montreal Gazette, it is still printed today, pick one up.
The old Montreal GAZETTE building on St Jaques street now a hotel. LaPresse still have their offices on the corner of St. Laurent and St Jacques street.
Le Devoir started on St. Vincent street as did the first publishing houses in Canada.
Old Montreal started as a religious mission and later a fur trading post. It was founded by the Sulpician order from France. They built a copy of Notre Dame Church in Paris on Notre Dame street. I have been to both and can tell you that our interior is much more impressive.
Montreal was home to many Blacksmiths in the early days as to produce metal instruments to trade with the natives for fur. The furs were traded around present day Place Royale and the lanes to the east and west of the square.
Samuel de Champlain founded Ville Marie in 1642 at Pointe De Caliere where a small stream met the river, today where Pointe a Callier museum sits. A statue to him sits in front of Notre Dame church on Place D Armes in the middle of a modern version of Place D Armes which used to be a Victorian Park.
In front of Chateau Ramsey sits Montreal City hall (1872) a smaller version of Paris City hall and the first in Canada to be built solely for Municipal governance.
In front of City Hall stands (Horatio) Nelson s Column(1809) on Place Jacques Cartier predates Nelson s column in trafalgar square In London England (1843).
Across the street you will see bonsecours Market which was the parliament of Canada for a brief time.
Also Notre Dame de Bonsecours Church founded by Marguerite Bourgeous.
Walk out the door ,turn left and down the street from the apartment sits one of the founding fathers of Canada s residence. Sir George Etienne Cartier's residence in Montreal, at 458 Notre-Dame Street East, which is now the Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site dedicated to his life and achievements. It also serves to recall the architectural heritage and lifestyles of the upper middle class of 19th century Montreal. He helped found Canada along with Sir John A. Mcdonald, The CP railroad, The civil code (still used today), Grand Trunk Railroad (Old Head Office on Mcgill street), and have British Columbia join confederation, Creating the Province of Manitoba, Negotiating the purchase of Rupert s land and The Northwest Territories. You are in his neighbourhood, along with Jacques Viger, Joseph Papineau, Renee Levesque, Pauline Marois, to name a few.
Canada s wall street (St Jacques street formerly St James street) where all the first head offices of Canadian banks were opened. the first on Place D Armes the Bank of Montreal (1847) Pantheon like building. Open a bank account at this branch, the transit number is 0001 as it was the first bank in Canada!
The birthplace of Canadian banking on 113 St. Paul street east, where you will find a plaque commemorating the site of the first Bank of Montreal and the birthplace of Canadian banking.
Still with me? This is only minutes from the apartment...get the picture?
Well Old Montreal today is a lot like Old Montreal of yesterday. Politics, cafes, culture, Social events and life.
The Old Port hosts the Igloofest in February which is a four weekend Techno party outside in the winter weather with ten thousand Vintage ski suit clad partiers dancing to the finest techno on the planet.
I know un imaginable you should see the look of disbelief on the artists faces when they see the scene before them.
Montreal's Cirque du Soleil World Premieres all it s new shows in May every year here in the Old Port.
We are home to the best nightclubs in the city along with lively bars and Parisian style outdoor cafe s and yes some tourist traps that are not so bad.
We are home to some of the best chef s in the country concocting their wizardry in the most antique and unique of settings.
There is an impressive list of Art galleries starting around the corner on Bonsecours street and rounding onto Rue St. Paul all the way to Mcgill street an impressive display of Art in the windows of these galleries as we walk along this Art gallery route.
Old Montreal In very recent years it has been developed in some cases the right way in other cases for pure greed.
It started to be torn down until Mayor Jean Drapeau ( there is a statue of him in a park in front of city hall) protected it. A fight that carries on today!
Unfortunately over the years dull minded individuals have not respected it when trying to make a profit. Luckily much of it is intact and a well kept secret I would like to share with you.
Stay away from the overpriced hotels here as their greed is destroying the first Cold Storage facility and super market in Montreal the Gunn Langlois dry goods and cold storage market between St. Vincent street and Place Jacques Cartier. Don t encourage them please, they are destroying my neighbourhood. A nine story blemish in our old neighborhood completely against the zoning laws, and our protected heritage.
Other s like the Gault Hotel on ste Helene street which is housed in North America s first YMCA, did a commendable job of restoring a heritage building.
Ste Helene street is the only street in Montreal to have gas lanterns of yesteryear a little known fact.
I invite you to visit, daydream, fantasize about the past, live for the present in my neighbourhood which I dearly cherish.
Stay in the shadow of the Angels guarding our port atop the Notre Dame de Bonsecours church sandwiched between art Galleries, Celebrity chef s, founders of nations, Parliaments of nations, on the step to the gateway to the New World!
Montreal, Quebec, Canada