The Remarkable History of the Chalet’s Paintings

Take a virtual tour of the paintings decorating the Mount Royal Chalet to better understand  the history of Montréal.

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This series of 8 videos will allow you to (re)discover moments in the history of Montréal through the collection of paintings decorating the walls of the Mount Royal Chalet. Enjoy!

 

Video 1 - Jacques Cartier’s three voyages

On April 20, 1534, Jacques Cartier and his crew set sail from the port of Saint-Malo, France to explore the “New World”... 

 

Video 2 - Why did Jacques Cartier go up the mountain?

“And here within the countryside is situated and sits the said town of Hochelaga, near and joining an enfolding mountain.”

 

Video 3 - Why is there a cross on Mount Royal?

We are in 1642 and it is Christmas, under incessant rain. The river keeps rising alarmingly...

 

Video 4 - But why are there paintings in the Chalet?

In 1930, America was in the throes of an economic crisis. Across the country, government-financed work projects were devised to give jobs to the unemployed...

 

Video 5 - The Battle of Long Sault

May 1660: A rumour spread that the Iroquois were planning an attack on Ville-Marie...

 

Video 6 - What is Samuel de Champlain doing on the island of Mount Royal?

Samuel de Champlain is a navigator, cartographer, soldier and explorer. In 1603, he followed in Jacques Cartier’s footsteps and set out to map the Saint Lawrence...

 

Video 7 - Discovering the Mississippi…

René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle landed in New France in 1667. He wanted to travel, explore and discover, come hell or high water, a new route to China...

 

Video 8 - Who are the artists who painted these murals?

1930: The Great Depression roiled America; Montréal was severely affected. Unemployment surged, and shelters and soup kitchens sprang up...

Credit: Jacques Cartier's journey in Canada in 1534 and 1535, Paul-Émile Borduas, 1931

The Remarkable History of the Chalet’s Paintings