Symbolic dividing line between French and English-speaking Montreal, corridor of immigration and symbol of cultural diversity, a space for artistic and technological creativity,
a laboratory of ideas and of radical politics, Saint-Laurent Boulevard – “The Main” – is recognized as a national historic site of Canada and as a central place in the collective memory of Montreal.

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2) Print out the map
3) Scroll down to the end of this page to see the audio player
4) Stand by the exit from the Saint-Laurent metro station and press play!

If you want to learn more about the subjects covered in our audioguide, download our complete research document (available in French only) that includes many archive pictures.

In 1997, Saint-Laurent Boulevard, from the Old Port to Jean-Talon Street, was designated a national historic site by the government of Canada, on the recommendation of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. Following in the spirit of the designation, and at the instigation of the Société de développement du boulevard Saint-Laurent (SDBSL), the non-profit organization Friends of Saint-Laurent Boulevard was founded in October 2003. The Friends have the mission to promote the rich culture, history, architecture, and heritage found along all 6 kilometres of the national historic site. Among other projects, the Friends offer walking tours each summer and have produced the series of interpretation panels entitled The Main, Forever in Tune.

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Reseach and script : Bernard Vallée, with the participation of Catherine Browne, Justin Bur, Ève-Catherine Champoux, Patrick Donovan, Dory Reimer et Miguel Simão Andrade.
Translation : Catherine Browne
Revision : Friends of Saint Laurent Boulevard
Production and graphic design : Portrait Sonore – Antoine Bédard, Serge Rhéaume and Sophie Mankowski

Track 8 contains an excerpt of music written and performed by Marta Raposo (used with the permission of the artist).

Friends of Saint-Laurent Boulevard thank Susan Bronson and Laure de La Moussaye for their collaboration.
© Friends of Saint-Laurent Boulevard 2012


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