For those with a keen interest in Canadian history and Canadian historical sites, you cannot miss the opportunity to visit the restored house museum of politician and Father of Confederation, Sir George- Etienne Cartier, in Montreal.
This renowned politician who was born on September 6, 1814 and died on May 20, 1873 started his career as a lawyer in Quebec. He was exiled in 1837 because of his involvement in the Lower Canada Rebellion, but Sir George- Etienne Cartier was allowed to return one year later. After another ten years of practising law he gave up his practice and ran for office as a Reformer and was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the province of Canada.
In 1864, Cartier along with John A Macdonald and George Brown formed the Great Coalition. The purpose of the coalition being to end to the political instability of the province, one of the first steps in the movement towards the Confederation.
Sir George- Etienne Cartier was a great catalyst for change in Montreal and today his home stands as a museum which is open to the public..
The home with its Victorian interiors has been superbly restored to match the Montreal Bourgeoisie style around the 1860's. Besides getting a glimpse into the life of Sir Cartier, people come to the Museum in order to take a trip back in time. The museum is the only place in Montreal which has been restored to its former Victorian glory, a must see for those with a keen interest in history both from a tourist and historian perspective.
The West House has been restored to true Victorian luxury. It is the only Victorian-era interior that can be viewed by the public in Montreal. The rooms of George-Etienne Cartier's two daughters show their memories and segments from their lives through their diaries. This gives you alook into the lives of the youth of their era and economic status.
Facts For Your Visit
Address: 458 Rue Notre-Dame Est, Montréal, QC H2Y 1C8, Canada
Phone: (514) 283-2282
Official Website: Sir George-Etienne Cartier National Historic Site
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How to get to Sir George-Etienne Cartier National Historic Site by Metro
By Metro: Take Metro Line 2 to Champs-de-Mars. Follow the pedestrian tunnel to the Gosford street exit (south) and walk up hill to Notre-Dame Street and turn left. Continue along Notre-Dame Street to the site at Berri Street.
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Ratedout of 5
Its nice to have a guided tour!
Bishara Alwardy - 2 months ago
A very informative and fun visit! The place is small but exceptionally well restored. The staff was friendly and bilingual. From a tour of the house, to champagne tasting, to Christmas card making, there is a great variety of activities for everyone. A great way to spend a Saturday afternoon with a friend!
Zhenhe Wu - 2 months ago
Zoir Radjabov - 2 months ago
Small but impeccible. Beautiful little museum
Caroline Windisch - 1 year ago
Interesting restored mansion of one of the founders of confederation. Informative and photogenic.
Unfnation - 1 year ago