"George Etienne Cartier House/Museum" Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site Tip by yooperprof

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George Etienne Cartier was a prominent 19th century journalist and political leader whose actions helped paved the way for the Confederation Act of 1867. He is regarded (with Sir John Macdonald) as one of the two most important Fathers of (Canadian) Confederation. Parks Canada operates ain interesting historical site on the eastern end of Vieux Montreal that offers interesting insights into his life and time.

I always enjoys looking at the interior of historic homes - to gauge the tenor of the times, and also to see what aspects of the past the "authorities" have chosen to emphasize. Here, Cartier's role as a political deal-maker and facilitator is emphasized. Public roles demonstrate how Cartier (and his family) wined and dined both Francophone and Anglophone community leaders. There are helpful and interesting displays which place the story of Canada's search for political stability in its 19th century context.

I saw that they also do "Living History" theatrical entertainments here - that would be fascinating, I'm sure!

Address: 458 Rue Notre Dame est (east)
Directions: At Rue Berri
Phone: 514-283-2822
Website: http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/qc/etiennecartier/index_e.asp

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  • Updated Jul 31, 2008
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