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Red Light Walking Tour

Wed August 16 @ 18:30 - 20:30

Join us in welcoming Professor Karen Herland for another special walking tour of Montreal’s historic Red Light District!

Sex work, especially in its most visible forms, tends to be recognized as a problem, requiring intervention and eradication. As a major transportation hub and port city, many sectors of Montreal’s economy were intertwined with the sex trade, even as police and politicians manipulated social responses (positive and negative) to the presence of a thriving Red Light District. From Maimie Pinzer to Harry Ship and through to the present day, this tour explores the social, economic, labour, cultural, racial, and gender history of Montreal through its former Red Light, which for decades thrived in the heart of Montreal’s burgeoning Jewish community.

This tour covers 150 years and 10 city blocks over 1.5-2 hours. The tour begins on the southeast corner of Boulevard René Lévesque and Boulevard St. Laurent and ends near St. Laurent metro station. Please note that while the tour will be led in English, questions can be asked and answered in French.

Adults: $25
Students: $13
Ages 65+: $23
Ages 13-17: $13
Ages 8-12: $8
Ages 0-7: Free

Click here to get your tickets! Space is limited so purchase early to avoid disappointment.

Weather Policy: In the event of light rain, the tour will go on as scheduled. If there is a strong warning of heavy rain and/or thunderstorms, the tour will be postponed. All registrants will have the option to attend the rescheduled tour.


Wed August 16
18:30 - 20:30


1111 Boulevard Saint-Laurent Montreal
1111 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montreal, Quebec H2Z 1J6 Canada
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