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February 27, 2020

33 Fascinating Photos Capture Street Scenes of Montreal in the 1950s

Montreal is the most populous municipality in the Canadian province of Quebec and the second-most populous municipality in Canada.

The city is centred on the Island of Montreal, which got its name from the same origin as the city, and a few much smaller peripheral islands, the largest of which is Île Bizard. It has a distinct four-season continental climate with warm to hot summers and cold, snowy winters.

Montreal is the second largest primarily French-speaking city in the developed world, after Paris. It is situated 196 km (122 mi) east of the national capital Ottawa, and 258 km (160 mi) south-west of the provincial capital Quebec City.

Montreal is considered one of the most liveable cities in the world, and the best city in the world to be a university student in the QS World University Rankings.

Take a look at these fascinating photos to see what street scenes of Montreal looked like in the 1950s.

Montreal street scene

A woman smelling some flowers offered by a vendor at the Bonsecours market

Bank of Montreal

Bonsecours Market

Château Ramezay

Clark Street

Dorchester Blvd and Drummond Street

Dorchester Boulevard

Fruit Market in front of Victor Poultry Co.

Guests at Les Palais des Nains "The Midgets Palace"

Horse and carriage in front of Peel Tavern

Hôtel de ville de Montréal

Hôtel de ville de Montréal

Montreal General Hospital

Montreal street scene

Montreal street scene

Montreal street scene

Mount Royal Park

Mount Royal Park

Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal

Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal

Notre-Dame Street East

Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel

Plaza Saint-Hubert

Quai de l’Horloge

Rue de la Commune

Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

Saint-Catherine Street

Saint-Sacrement parking lot

The Montreal courthouse

The Monument at Maisonneuve and the Notre-Dame Basilica

View from 18th floor of Montreal General Hospital

Viger station


  1. The first picture is Saint-Jean street in Québec City ; the 21st picture entitled "Notre-dame Basilica of Montreal" is not. It's a view of Montreal from the top of Saint-Joseph oratory ; the picture described as being Notre-Dame street east is Saint-Paul street west corner of Saint-François-Xavier street.

  2. Thank you for these wonderful pictures of Montreal when I was a child. They take me back to a bygone era that was exciting and booming. I wish I could go back to that for a day.




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