RB-1420 | Guide to Montreal and Environs, Illustrated with Over 30 Engravings
Guide to Montreal and Environs, Illustrated with Over 30 Engravings
1897, 19th century
16 x 11 cm
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History
In Montreal, the tourism industry really got off the ground in the 19th century. The rapid development of modes of transportation, such as steamboats and railways, led to the establishment of all sorts of hotels and restaurants catering to tourists.
Various means, including guidebooks, were used to publicize the city's attractions. They described many activities for visitors to enjoy. Mount Royal and Notre Dame Church were among the points of interest listed.
Tourists also enjoyed excursions to outlying areas, like the one to the Indian village of Kahnawake -then known as Caughnawaga - presented in this guide. European visitors were fascinated by Native people and their traditions, but the reality they encountered did not always live up to their expectations.
As this guide shows, Montreal was the hub of a vast communication network: trans-Atlantic ships, telegraph, railways and excursion steamboats.
Tourists could stay in many luxury hotels built in the late 19th century, such as the Rasco, on St. Paul Street East, or the Windsor.
The first agency to promote the city's attractions - the Tourists' Bureau of Montreal - was founded in 1919.
In the 19th century, tourists visiting Montreal came from the United States, the United Kingdom, France and English Canada.