Le sentier du coeur de l'île: a new discovery walk

Suzanne Laliberté

Suzanne is passionate about everything “art” in Montréal, especially art forms that break boundaries like experimental dance, literature, design and visual arts that challenge norms and the timeless art of architecture, so often undervalued in the Americas. When she’s not writing, she can be found sipping an Earl Grey or a local gin at a favourite neighbourhood hangout.

Les aventures du cœur de l'île keeps the summer fun going strong with Le sentier du cœur de l’île, a brand-new 15-kilometre-long discovery walk connecting nearly one hundred must-sees across the city, from Atateken Street to Cabot Square and Sherbrooke Street to Old Montréal.

Discover cultural and art treasures

From the top of the mountain to the banks of the river, this unique walk invites people to discover 60 cultural sites and close to 40 public artworks (which you can learn more about on the Art Public Montréal Website). You can also check out these artworks on their web site. This is an excellent opportunity to head outside and explore an island teeming with inspiring cultural and art gems!

Kick back and relax

Le sentier du cœur de l'île connects the 11 Oasis des aventures du cœur de l’île, public installations where people can relax or stop for a bite to eat from a neighbouring restaurant. And that’s not to mention their visual appeal: these colourful and innovative oases were created by local designers and are a feast for the eyes too.

Follow these leads

Going on a Montréal treasure hunt has been this much fun—or this easy! Just follow Le sentier du cœur de l'île signage. Look for the red markings on the ground and directional signage on the sidewalks to get to your next location. Check out the wayfinding map for even more information on various sites and works of interest along your route. 

Use this QR compass

Scan the QR codes of the cultural sites, outdoor installations and the Oases along the itinerary from the brand-new website lecoeurdelile.com to get even more detailed information. You can soon download a map of it as well.

Immerse yourself in the city’s rich culture

From the Village all the way to the Canadian Centre for Architecture, locals and visitors are invited explore the island of Montréal via this unique circuit, which is chock full of cultural and art treasures, and discover its attractions along the way. As Monique Simard, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Quartier des spectacles Partnership, sums it up, “At each corner and every stop, there’s Montréal’s rich cultural offer to soak in.”

 

Born of a fruitful partnership

Le sentier du cœur de l’île was designed and produced by Intégral Jean Beaudoin and Multimédia Nova-Lux, and was inspired by international projects such as Suivez la ligne verte in Nantes, France, and the Boston Freedom Trail in the United States. It is an initiative by the Quartier des spectacles Partnership and Montréal centre-ville, in collaboration Art Public Montréal and Tourisme Montréal.

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Suzanne Laliberté

Suzanne is passionate about everything “art” in Montréal, especially art forms that break boundaries like experimental dance, literature, design and visual arts that challenge norms and the timeless art of architecture, so often undervalued in the Americas. When she’s not writing, she can be found sipping an Earl Grey or a local gin at a favourite neighbourhood hangout.

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