Resolution on the heritage trail of the chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges

2013-11-22

The Municipal Council votes unanimously in favour of a resolution to make the Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges a Heritage Trail for the City's 375th anniversary in 2017.


Originally used by the native population to cross the mountain and reach the Rivière des Prairies, Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges was one of the first routes established by the Sulpicians in the 17th Century to develop the territory. Rich and fertile land in the area made it the ideal site for gardening and several tanneries were established along the Raimbault stream that ran parallel to the route.

More recently, the city’s parks services decided to remove the northern portion of Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges from the Heritage Trail for reasons related to the rerouting of traffic during the work on the Turcot interchange.

Patrimoine Funéraire Montréal, with the support of the Société d’Histoire de Côte-des-Neiges, Héritage Monréal and Les amis de la montagne, initiated a petition to oppose this decision arguing that it would penalise the portion of the route possessing most of the heritage elements, such as the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery.

Following the Mount Royal Summit 2013, the Ville de Montréal reversed its decision and agreed to include the entire route in the Heritage Trail.

Read the fall newsletter of the Écomusée de l'Au-Delà (in French)

Read the minutes of the municipal council meeting

Musée McCord. Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges,1859.