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An alternative guide to 1974 Montreal: Montréal Insolite, pt. 2

Marché Bonsecours, 1974

Marché Bonsecours, 1974

Endroits spéciaux

Le Vieux-Montréal est une source de découvertes quasi-quotidienne et on peut y passer des jours et des jours sans se lasser.

Endroits à visiter.

Eglise Bonsecours.

La maison Pierre Calvet

Les boutiques de la rue St-Paul.

L’Eglise Notre-Dame et le Musée situé à l’arrière.

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Place Desjardins.
The city centre is in the process of moving. Near St-Laurent, Ste-Catherine Street, just across from Place des Arts, a huge construction site rises. This is the all-electric complex of the Mouvement Desjardins.

Square Victoria

Square Victoria

Victoria Square, Stock Exchange Tower.

You can visit the huge room that hosts all the stock transactions in Eastern Canada. You can visit between 10 am and 3 pm when the activity is feverish. Opened Monday to Friday.

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Chalet de la Montagne.

De la terrasse du Chalet de la Montagne on peut admirer une vue spectaculaire du Centre-ville. On peut y accéder de deux façons. En voiture par le Boul. Camillien Houde. Ou à pied par une série d’escaliers qui partent du coin de l’avenue des Pins et de la rue Peel.

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Suntanning at Place Ville Marie.

Suntanning at Place Ville Marie.

Underground City.

In downtown Montreal, there is a parallel underground city underground in the metro. Don’t miss it. There are several levels of shops, restaurants, bars, etc.

In fact, one could live for weeks in Montreal without ever seeing the light of day. This design is unique in the world.

The Montreal metro is the most beautiful in the world. And don’t miss it either. The metro leads directly to the Forum, Place des Arts, Central station and Windsor station, the bus terminus and to most department stores in the city centre. It also hosts numerous galleries of boutiques.

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For true night owls, here is a list of places that are open all night.


Le Tarot
St-Alexander & Mayor
(jusqu’à 6 heures, fin de semaine seulement)

3674 St-Denis,
(jusqu’à 6 heures tous les jours)

La Grande
77A Ste-Catherine Est
(jusqu’à 6 heures tous les jours)
clientèle masculine

Le Limelight
1254 Stanley.
(jusqu’à 6 heures tous les jours)
clientèle masculine

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Le Liquid Smoke
Décarie et Plamondon.
(jusqu’à 6 heures tous les jours)

Dans ces discothèques on ne vend que du café, et des liqueurs douces mais elles sont normalement remplies à craquer tous les jours après trois heures du matin. Toute la faune nocturne de Montréal s’y ramasse.


Dunn’s Délicatessen’s
892 Ste-Catherine ouest.

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1446 Peel

Le Louvre
Papineau et Ste-Catherine.

Le Tic Tac
Angle Langelier et Sherbrooke dans l’extrême est de Montréal.
Pour ceux qui désirent des journaux, des revues ou des livres, seule la Tabagie Laval est ouverte toute la nuit. Angle St-Christophe et Ste-Catherine.

Bains turcs, saunas, massages

Aquarius Sauna
1183 rue Crescent.
Ouvert 24 heures par jour. Sauna, massages. Pour hommes seulement

Sauna Neptune
456 ouest Lagauchetière
Ouvert 24 heures par jour. Piscine, gymnase, massage. Pour hommes seulement.


Even if it’s Canada’s largest city, Montreal is probably the quietest city in North America. Unlike American cities you can walk anywhere, day or night, without any danger.

Policing is very well structured and extremely effective. In the city centre especially, rarely more than three minutes pass without seeing a patrol car.

On Crescent Street and in the Old Montreal, two dozen uniformed police officers are on duty all night long… in addition to all the specialized squads that send in a lot of staff.

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However, there’s another side to it. This police protection brings some disadvantages. The officers intercept many vehicles every night for identity verification purposes. When in doubt, they conduct a thorough search.

If you travel late at night, this may happen to you. In such cases do not get upset. It only takes a few minutes and if you have nothing to hide, you’ll be on your way shortly.

If you come to Montreal by car, beware of parking. According to some statistics, Montreal police are amongst the Canadian champions when it comes to handing out parking tickets. It’s better to use public car parks that abound in every corner of the metropolis.

The police often pay collective visits to nightclubs and discos. It even happens that some of these officers unsheathe their service weapons during the raids.

Do not worry, because even if at first these officers may look mean, they normally are very nice.

These collective visits are however very annoying for those who want to have fun because they can last more than an hour. Fortunately, they occur with less frequency as they give little results.

During these raids, about thirty policemen look around the place and order that the music be stopped and the lights be turned on. Then they proceed to verify the identity of all those present.

In the strict sense of the law, no one is forced to identify themselves in such circumstances. In order to compel a citizen to identify himself, the officer must have reasonable grounds to believe he has committed a crime and must in addition inform him that he has suspicions against him.

The only exception to this rule is when the citizen is driving a motor vehicle. In such case, you must show your papers right away.

In practice, however, it’s better to identify yourself when a police officer asks to do so. Otherwise it is almost certain that you will have to go to the nearby police station and verification may take a few hours.

If, however, it turns out that the police had no valid reason to bring you to the station and force you to identify yourself, you are free to take action for damages.

Generally, it is not safe to walk around the city without any piece of identification, although nothing in the law requires you to.
The best proof of identity since the law never issued official ID cards is still your driving license. If you don’t have one, your social insurance card or baptism certificate will do.

You are not allowed by the law to go into nightclubs if you are under the age of 18.

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Bottin de dépannage.
Si d’aventure, vous roulez trop longtemps en auto et que l’essence soit rendue à un niveau dangereux voici quelques stations-service qui sont ouvertes toute la nuit.

Adéodat Provost
1165 boul. Maisonneuve.

Station Esso
rue de La Montagne entre St-Antoine et Dorchester.

Station Esso
rue St-Hubert entre Dorchester et Ste-Catherine.

Station Esso
rue Jeanne-Mance entre Ste Catherine et Dorchester.

Station Fina
Lyall et Sherbrooke (extrême est)

2350 Henri-Bourassa (nord)

Ontario et Delorimier.

If your car breaks down in the city center, please contact Garage Adéodat Provost, 527-1321. Towing service.

When we’re on vacation, we sometimes run into problems. And it even happens that these problems lead us directly to the courts. We strongly hope that you will not have to experience such an adventure. If you end up in prison after too exuberant a night, here is a list of the best criminal lawyers in Montreal. This list is far from complete and we apologize to lawyers we have forgotten.

If it is a minor case, you’ll probably have to show up in a municipal court. This court is located at the headquarters of the police: 750 Bonsecours Street, at the entrance of Old Montreal.

If it’s for a drug deal or another major crime, you will be brought to the Palais de Justice, 10 Craig Street E., in both places the court hearings occur on Saturday morning for late appearances only.

If you live in a location more than 50 miles from Montreal and you plead not guilty, the court will require a cash deposit for you to be released. Otherwise, you will probably be able to be released with a simple signature unless the Crown Attorney objects to your release and requests an investigation. In this case you will spend a short stay of three days in Parthenais prison.

If you could not hire a lawyer, do not worry too much as a member of the Legal Aid Bureau will contact you before your appearance and represent you in court.

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Aide juridique — 842-2233
Me Claude F. Archambeault — 845-9211
Me Robert Beaudet — 769-8527
Etude Légale Blais et Leithman —875-4240
Me Jacques Bertrand — 526-0851
Me Jacques Bédard — 843-8926
Me Jean Guy Boilard — 288-4241
Me Gilles Beaupré— 871-3856
Me Louis Cliche — 526-6621
Me Marcel Danis — 526-6621
Etude Légale Duguay et Salois —527-2101
Maurice S. Hébert — 288-2150
Me Léo-René Maranda — 842-6871
Me Serge Ménard — 288-4241
Me Norbert Losier — 844-2354
Me Michel Proulx — 866-7997
Etude Légale Roger et Pontbriand —849-2451
Etude Légale Shadley et Melançon —866-4043
Me Jean-Paul Ste-Marie — 931-6204
Etude Légale Frank Shoofey et Pierre Morneau — 527-9831
Me Nikita Tomesco — 844-8661
Etude Légale Yarosvsky et Fish —878-3505.

Sometimes we catch serious ailments abroad. In Montreal, it’s impossible to reach a doctor outside normal working hours unless you have a family doctor here.

In such cases, it’s better to go to any hospital emergency clinic. They are fully equipped and specialists there can provide care whatever state you are in.


Hôpital Notre-Dame
rue Sherbrooke est, angle Plessis

Hôpital St-Luc
1058 St-Denis, 861-7321

Royal Victoria Hospital,
687 avenue des Pins

Montreal General Hospital
1650 Ave Cedar,

Dans l’Est

Hôpital Maisonneuve,
5415 Boul. L’Assomption


Hôpital Sacré-Coeur
5400 boul. Gouin,


Terre Des Hommes, Man And His World

Terre Des Hommes, Man And His World


In 1967, God … and the Mayor Jean Drapeau shook hands and created the EXPO islands from scratch. The project was an enormous success!

EXPO 67 will certainly be remembered as being the most successful exposition of all time. Since then, His Honour the Mayor of Montreal had another brilliant idea. Expo 67 was quickly transformed into Terre des Hommes and visitors continued to flock there.

Expo Islands are certainly the main tourist destinations of the metropolis. People come from all corners of the globe to admire this tribute to the science of man.

Everything has been said about Terre des Hommes.

So we will not talk too much about it! All that is left to say is that you must visit this place.

Besides, many guidebooks tell the wonders of this small paradise in the middle of the St. Lawrence River are available to visitors.

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La Ronde is truly the Amusement Park for all citizens who live in the Montreal area. This is both a small Coney Island and a cool oasis reminiscent of the Copenhagen Tivoli.

One can find specialized establishments ranging from Western-style saloons to authentic Quebec places.

Wonderful small restaurants can be discovered on the Ste-Hélène Island that houses the serious side of Terre des Hommes.

Then there is the gyrotron, the big wheel and games to entertain the young as well as a funicular that allows you to see from the big tower.

On the weekends, La Ronde is teeming with activity.


In the Vieux Fort St. Helena, located on the island of the same name, there is a restaurant that takes you back three hundred years ago.

Every night at 6:30 ET 9:30, the governor gives an authentic Quebecois feast. This is an adventure not be missed.

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At the feast, everything happens with great solemnity but in a surprisingly cheerful atmosphere.

It is an old piper that recalls a distant Bretagne that welcomes visitors. At the entrance, visitors are offered a glass of caribou and the governor makes his proclamation.

In the great hall, the Captain reigns supreme and directs his waitresses with an iron fist in a velvet glove.

You are served an excellent vegetable cream, the house shepherd pie, chicks with maple syrup that melt in the mouth and good glasses of red wine.

For dessert, along with the sugar pie, you get an excellent teacup and a good sapinette digestive.

Throughout the dinner, waitresses sing drinking songs.

It normally cost about 15$ per person. Which is very little for an unforgettable evening.

However, it is essential to make a reservation by calling 866-1267 since the Feast of the Governor is very popular.

Imprimerie Dumont
Ville LaSalle

Impression aux ateliers de Payette et Simms

Le 18 juin 1974

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  1. John
    Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
    Question - what was the name of bar before Ziggy's on Crescent. Street.
    • David McCarthy
      Friday, June 19th, 2020
      The Wrong Number
  2. Marvin
    Sunday, July 9th, 2017
    There was as Italian Resto on Cote Des Neiges near the now Metro with a large water fountain. What was it called?
    • Casey
      Tuesday, October 9th, 2018
      Chez Vito
    • thomas szirmay
      Friday, December 4th, 2020
  3. Richard Skelly
    Sunday, December 10th, 2017
    Well done. This definitely captures the era.

    As a West Coaster, I spent summer ‘74 taking French Immersion at the University Of Montreal. Program leaders Chantal Massinon and Pierre Nadeau included a visit to local restaurants in the curriculum. I’m pretty sure Le Gobelet was on the list. After hours, I remember great nights at Cafe Campus soaking up sounds from artists such as Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.

    I arrived a few weeks before the course to better soak up the city’s cultural ambience. One of my local guides was Liam Mullan. Arguably Canada’s greatest record promo man of that era, he had recently relocated from Vancouver, but knew Montreal well.

    That summer also featured a huge outdoor anti-Vietnam War event with Jane Fonda as a featured speaker. Rounding things out, day or night, was superb bilingual rock radio, courtesy of CHOM.

    Plus there was an unforgettable open air concert pairing Joni Mitchell with French chanteuse Veronique Sanson. Joni was backed up by Tom Scott and the LA Express. While Sanson performed, I briefly chatted with Veronique’s then-husband Stephen Stills. He popped up by the mid-field mixing board to ensure technicians made adjustments for his new spouse’s unique voice.

    Again, salut to this site’s curators for using text and photos to bring to life a very special year in Montreal.
  4. Richard Skelly
    Sunday, December 31st, 2017
    Since commenting December 10, I learned Chantal Massinon passed away in 1999. As a French language instructor, she was nonpareil. My classroom time with this woman extraordinaire helped me navigate Montreal during the rest of summer of ‘74 and a subsequent trip. A loving reminiscence of Chantal, posted by friend Anne Aucy, survives at

    Au revoir, Chantal.

    Richard Skelly
  5. Holly Avila
    Sunday, July 1st, 2018
    If you hung out in Le Vieux Montreal that summer, I was the American hippie woman singing on the streets with my Quebec Quoi girl friend. I wrote a song that summer that is on my CD, Mountains Back Home, and I'm writing my memoirs from that summer, since I kept a journal at the time. I would love any photos from those years, particularly of the Iroquois Hotel, where I often stayed.
    • Mary
      Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
      Hi Carole,
      I sure do remember, having spend most of my (underage then) evenings there for 2 years and so. It was very special, roomy for dance, aery with its two floors height, and the crowd was really nice.
      I think the address was 1226 Stanley.
      But in mémories it seem to have been shadowed by the close bu Lime Light... Which I never liked as much.
      Many friendships there... I wonder were every one is gone.
      Hope live have been good to you. :)
  6. Carole
    Saturday, September 15th, 2018
    Does anybody remember the Lorelei dance hall on Santly st. ..?
    • Mary
      Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
      Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
      Hi Carole,
      I sure do remember, having spend most of my (underage then) evenings there for 2 years and so. It was very special, roomy for dance, aery with its two floors height, and the crowd was really nice.
      I think the address was 1226 Stanley.
      But in mémories it seem to have been shadowed by the close bu Lime Light... Which I never liked as much.
      Many friendships there... I wonder were every one is gone.
      Hope live have been good to you. :)
    • Edith
      Monday, December 31st, 2018
      Yes! I used to go there all the time in the mid-70s when I was 18 or so. Loved dancing there.
    • Casey M
      Thursday, February 18th, 2021
      Yep wasn't called Loreleight right next to Limelight... One of my first underage clubes I frequented. Is was a open 2 floor club, huge Dance floor in the center, Band at the end. Second floor, here was tables all around onto opened flor!
  7. Vicki, Chicago, IL
    Monday, November 12th, 2018
    Hi! I passed through Montreal in the summer of '74 and have always wondered where I stayed. My girlfriend and I were backpacking and we met a student who invited us back to his dorm downtown. It was a high rise and there were police outside but we walked in no problem. Inside we were able to buy and smoke marijuana freely. We appreciated the hospitality. Any idea what school that was?
    • Steve
      Monday, February 4th, 2019
      Sounds like YMCA on Stanley street
  8. Barbara Farnham
    Tuesday, June 16th, 2020
    Trying to find a magazine type information for my brother who worked at Le Gobelet in the 70 's
    Les dernieres annee de le Gobelet
  9. Celine
    Thursday, April 8th, 2021
    Quels souvenirs! Merci!
  10. Win
    Monday, September 6th, 2021
    Does anyone remember the restaurant La Tour Eiffel on rue Stanley . There was a wonderful chanteuse from Guadeloupe who sang beautiful songs and played guitar. Wish I could recall her name.