VIEW-16204 | The Lookout, Mount Royal Park, Montreal, QC, 1916

The Lookout, Mount Royal Park, Montreal, QC, 1916
Wm. Notman & Son
1916, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
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Sunday. For thousands of Montrealers, it was the only day of rest after a six-day work week. The day for mass and religious services. The day for family walks and outings with friends. In their Sunday best, in their finery, Montrealers wanted to see and, especially, be seen.

A big city like Montreal provided many places where families and young people could stroll and relax. Every neighbourhood had its squares and public gardens. But there were also the big municipal parks: Mount Royal, Lafontaine Park and, of course, Ste. Helen's Island. Private gardens and parks also had a great appeal. In Sohmer Park, Montrealers could walk on the terrace or sit down in the big concert hall to listen to concerts of popular music or watch vaudeville shows. Inspired by the American amusement parks, such as Luna Park and Coney Island, Dominion Park was enjoyed by the young and the not-so-young who were looking for excitement on its dozens of rides and attractions.

Source: Urban Life through Two Lenses (Consult the See Also box on this page)