Welcome to the SDC Côte-des-Neiges itinerary
Distance: about 1.5 km | Estimated time: 1h30
In between Frère-André street and Jean-Brillant street
Google Maps route: https://goo.gl/maps/zwLc47QSQ3C2
* NB Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, please note that the
itineraries may vary and that some locations may not be
accessible for visits.
You are about to take part in the first edition of the SDC Côte-des-Neiges itinerary, set up specifically to make you discover the area’s tourist and commercial attractions.
Throughout your itinerary, you will have the chance to discover, taste and find the best places in Côte-des-Neiges. We suggest that you can follow each stop and enjoy each one to the maximum. To assist you during the path, we put at your disposal the Google Maps Route. You can download it from many places with free Wi-Fi.
Do not forget to walk with your head up to enjoy every treasure the neighborhood contains.
1- The Placette
Free Wi-Fi available – Corner Côte-des-Neiges and Queen-Mary
You are currently at the very beginning of the course. La Placette is the gathering place par excellence. During the summer season, this place is very festive and vibrant! This little spot is peaceful, shady and away from the traffic of Côte-des-Neiges. Don’t hesitate to consult our web site for the programming of the Placette and his Facebook page.
2- Duc de Lorraine bakery
5002 chemin Côte-des-Neiges
Do you know that in front of you is the first French pastry shop to open in Montreal in 1952? Moreover, this pastry has the most comfortable terrace in the neighborhood! Do not be embarrassed to go for a walk-in but it is not guaranteed that you will come out empty-handed.
3- The St-Joseph Oratory
If you continue right on the Frère-André street, you can’t miss the Oratory overlooking the neighborhood. This Montreal emblem in front of you is visited by more than 2 million visitors every year. Discover its secret garden with many varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers. This is a not-to-be-missed venue! The Oratory has several development projects in its sights to improve the visitor experience, including new reception and service facilities and an observatory at the top of the dome. In the meantime, go up to the belvedere to admire the view of the Côte-des-Neiges neighborhood! Please note that the option to climb on your knees is not mandatory.
Challenge: Take a selfie on this splendid terrace and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #JaimeCDN
4- Place du 6 décembre
Corner Queen-Mary and Gatineau
Return to Côte-des-Neiges via Queen-Mary Street and continue on this street to the memorial located at the corner of Gatineau. This place exists in memory of the shooting that happened on December 6, 1989, at the Polytechnic School of Montreal. La Place was inaugurated in 1999, 10 years after the tragedy. This commemorative work was created by the artist Rose-Mary Goulet and is called Nef for fourteen queens. In front of you, on the ground, is the name of the 14 young women who were victims. The visual makes it necessary to make a pause to read each of the names. It also forces people to take time to pray.
5- Simon Lacombe House
5085 avenue Decelles
At the foot of the mountain is this charming house, founded between 1825 and 1848. Maison Simon Lacombe is one of the last examples of rural dwelling evoking the village past of Côte-des-Neiges. It was classified a historical monument in 1957 and since then it is complementary to the cemetery and serves as an office. The house name is based on the name of the owner who was a major farmer in the former village of Côte-des-Neiges. Hard to believe that this neighborhood was previously the countryside, isn’t it?
6- Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cimetery
Foot of the hill
Next to the Maison Simon Lacombe is the entrance to Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Catholic Cemetery. It was founded in 1854 and is the largest cemetery in Canada. It has more than 30 km of paths. We can walk freely and enjoy the nature and the soothing side of this place. More than one million people rest there including 400 historical personalities. If you are lucky, you will find the tombstones of the famous Maurice Richard, Émile Nelligan, Robert Bourassa and many others!
7- Jean-Brillant Park
Free Wi-Fi available – Corner Decelles and Jean-Brillant street
At the exit of the cemetery, you must turn right on the street Decelles. Continue to the park. This green space is more than just a park. During the summer, there are several activities organized, among others, by the Centre communautaires de Loisirs & Culture of Côte-des-Neiges. It is the perfect place to have a picnic with family or friends. And why not try the water games during searing heat?