MONTRÉAL’S RED LIGHT
Today, Montréal's Quartier des spectacles is famous as an effervescent zone for festivals and entertainment.
But did you know that the most notorious Red Light District in North America once existed on the same site?
Step back in time and experience Montréal in its heyday as a "wide open city", an era when brothels, gambling dens, booze cans and burlesque halls lined every street and corruption of every type reigned, especially during Prohibition.
We are now offering two walking tours in the Red Light District.
The Montréal Burlesque Walking Tour promises to spice up the Quartier des spectacles by taking you back to an era when Montréal was known internationally as "Sin City" and "The Paris of North America".
Led by a flamboyant burlesque queen, you will be entertained with secrets from Montréal's past while passing by old brothels, seedy hotels, historic burlesque halls, grandiose theatres and other exterior sites.
While strolling through the old Red Light District after nightfall, learn all about burlesque: what it is, why it was Montréal’s most popular form of entertainment from the 1920s to the 1950s, who the most famous stars were, where they performed, how the burlesque scene died and was revived, and where to experience burlesque in Montréal today!
The Haunted Red Light District Ghost Walk is sure to please ghost hunters, history buffs and Halloween lovers with its creepy tales of paranormal activity and the ghostly spirits who haunt the heart of Montréal's Quartier des spectacles!
Led by a professional actor and storyteller, hear twisted tales about the dark and salacious history of the old Red Light District and visit exterior sites that are reputed to be haunted.
Learn about Montréal's transformation from a strictly religious colony into "Sin City" and how the clergy tried to stop it at every turn. Montréal's shady Red Light history will be laid bare, with tales of haunted theatres and hotels, a deranged Victorian waxworks museum, paranormal encounters in old brothels, a ghost street, and ghastly murder. Really spooky!
(English each Friday / French each fourth Friday of the month)
(English each Saturday / French each fourth Saturday of the month)