Notable Building in Montréal

Habitat 67

The artificial peninsula Cité-du-Havre was created to protect the port from vicious currents and ice. Here, in 1967, architect Moshe Safdie designed a set of futuristic cube-like condominiums for Expo '67 when he wa…
Notable Building in Île du Havre Aubert

Le Site d'Autrefois

Places like the Îles de la Madeleine tend to attract eccentric folks, and they don't get much more interesting than flamboyant fisher Claude, who preserves Madelinot traditions through storytelling and singing at th…
Notable Building in Québec City

Obsérvatoire de la Capitale

Head 221m up to the 31st floor for great views of the Old Town, the St Lawrence River and (if it’s clear enough) even the Laurentians. It all helps to get your bearings, while the information panels along the way wi…
Architecture in Old Montréal

New York Life Building

Montréal’s first skyscraper, built in 1888, stands eight stories tall.
Architecture in Old Montréal

Royal Bank Building

The most glamorous building along Rue St-Jacques is probably the Royal Bank Building, the city’s tallest building (22 stories) when it was built in 1928. Pass under the royal coat of arms into a banking hall that re…
Notable Building in Rivière du Loup

Fraser Manor

Rivière du Loup was called Fraserville in the 19th century, named after the powerful Scottish dynasty that inhabited the grand Fraser Manor. Today, the Manor gives an insight into life in the upper echelons of the d…
Notable Building in Montréal

Westmount City Hall

The faux medieval towers of Westmount City Hall come as a surprise after the skyscrapers of downtown. This Tudor gatehouse in rough-hewn stone looks like something from an English period drama. A lawn-bowling green …
Notable Building in Montréal

Le Pavillon

Overlooking Beaver Lake, Le Pavilion is the place to go to rent ice skates and sleds in winter. Refreshments and sandwiches are sold at a snack bar; there’s also a restaurant with more elaborate dishes.
Notable Building in Old Montréal


Along the north side of Rue Notre-Dame Est near Place Jacques-Cartier, three courthouses stand bunched together. The most fetching is the neoclassical Vieux Palais de Justice, Montréal’s old justice palace and oldes…
Architecture in Downtown

Windsor Hotel

The palatial Windsor was Canada’s first grand hotel (1878) and played host to all manner of international guests and celebrities, including Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth II and John …