Opened in 1876, mostly through the efforts of the wealthy Montrealers who then lived on the slopes of the mountain, Mount Royal Park, seen here around 1900, was very well suited to outdoor activities: picnics, walks, etc. Working-class people from neighbourhoods farther away from the new park would for many years prefer other big parks that had been laid out in a similar style, particularly St. Helen's Island and Lafontaine Park. Sohmer Park, which was very popular and more urban, was distinguished by its varied musical activities. Many people went there to relax on Sunday, after a hard, long week at work.

Printed Documents
  • Bellman, David (ed.). 1977. Mont-Royal : Montréal / Mount Royal : Montreal. Montréal : Musée McCord.
  • Continuité : Le mont Royal, nature urbaine. 2001. Vol. 90 (Fall).
  • Lamonde, Yvan, and Raymond Montpetit. 1986. Le Parc Sohmer de Montréal, 1889-1919 : Un lieu populaire de culture urbaine. Quebec City: Institut québécois de recherche sur la culture.
  • Laplante, Jean de. 1990. Les parcs de Montréal : Des origines à nos jours. Montreal : Éditions du Méridien.
  • Marsan, Jean-Claude. 1994. Montréal en évolution : Historique du développement de l'architecture et de l'environnement urbain montréalais. Montreal : Éditions du Méridien.

By Joanne Burgess and Gilles Lauzon
McCord Museum of Canadian History

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