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Rooted in the historic district of Old Montréal at the corner of the prestigious Notre Dame and Berri streets, the Sir George Étienne Cartier National Historic Site is a surprising heritage gem that offers a moment for discovery and relaxation just a stone's throw from Montréal's bustling tourist scene.

Canada's political history is revealed in two semi-detached houses that once belonged to the main architect of the Confederation, Sir George Étienne Cartier. Interactive exhibits will immerse you in the debates, values and atmosphere leading to the creation of the country.

Hours of operation

2022 season
June 18 to September 5
Wednesday to Sunday and holidays: 10 am to 5 pm

September 6 to October 30
Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 10 am to 5 pm

December 3 to 18
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
Complete schedule


Free admission for youth. Other fees still apply.
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Sites nearby

  • Kids disguised in fur traders
    The Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site

    Strategically located on the fur trade route, this storage building recounts the lives of the voyageurs. Stop in at this enchanting waterfront setting in Lachine and discover the inner workings of the trade that helped shape Canada.

  • Fort Chambly National Historic Site

    Roughly 30 kilometres southeast of Montreal, Fort Chambly rises proudly at the foot of the Richelieu River rapids. Built in 1711 to defend the colony, this stone fortification was preceded by three wooden forts.

  • Lachine Canal National Historic Site

    A veritable open-air museum, the Lachine Canal recounts the beginnings of industrialization in Montreal. Explore the ingenuity of this 1825 structure. Follow its urban course, sail through the locks by boat, and enjoy an oasis in the city. 

  • Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site

    Opened in 1843, the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal was the main entry point for the waterway between Montreal and Kingston. Take a trip through 150 years of history. Then go to the pier for a picnic and watch the lock in operation.

  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier's house
    Sir Wilfrid Laurier National Historic Site

    Discover the life and work of famed Prime Minister Wilfred Laurier and admire an imposing collection of artifacts and old furniture in his former home, a typical house from the 19th century, in the St. Lawrence Valley.