A hub of Jewish culture in the 1920s, Mile End was home to cantors and community organizers as well as poets and politicians of all stripes. Mile End has been a centre of the Yiddish language for nearly a century, first with its left-leaning Jewish schools, libraries, and social clubs, and now with dozens of Hasidic synagogues, yeshivas, and storefronts. Our visit travels through the parks, streets, and back lanes of the neighbourhood, tracing the evolution of Montreal’s literary, musical, and culinary culture and exhibiting the diversity of Jewish life in this very diverse neighbourhood.

1.5–2 HOURS


$10 AGES 13–17
$6   AGES 8–12

Prices do not incl. tax & are subject to EZ Tix fees
For private groups, please contact tours@imjm.ca


$10 AGES 13–17
$6 AGES 8–12

Prices do not incl. tax & are subject to EZ Tix fees.
For private groups, please contact tours@imjm.ca

  • Stroll through the Mile End, Montreal’s trendiest neighbourhood, and an important centre for Montreal’s Jewish culture today.
  • Learn more about the works and lives of Jewish Montreal writers, such as Mordecai Richler and Ida Maze.
  • Hear the sounds of Montreal’s largest synagogue, known as Montreal’s “Carnegie Hall” of Jewish music in the early 20th century.
  • Discover the diversity of politics in Montreal’s Jewish community at the time.
  • Visit two of Montreal’s major Jewish culinary establishments: Fairmount Bagel and Wilensky’s.
  • Our friendly and knowledgeable tour guides are university-level researchers and will answer your questions and lead discussions throughout the tour experience.

Outside of 4040 boul. St-Laurent (intersection Duluth)

Intersection of Fairmount and Clark (close to historic Jewish businesses Wilensky’s and Fairmount bagels)

  • Moderate walking (tour is approx. 2.5km and lasts 1.5–2 hours)
  • Please inform the Museum of any relevant accessibility needs upon booking your tour.
  • Tours can generally be made to accommodate different mobility and accessibility needs.
  • Note that Montreal’s sidewalks and roads are often under construction or poorly kept, which can further impact accessing our tours.
  • Tour ticket exchanges must be requested 48 hours in advance; only cancellations made 24 hours in advance of tours will be refunded. Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will only be refunded in the event of severe storm conditions or in the presence of lightning.
  • For rates and availabilities for group or private tours, contact tours@imjm.ca.
  • We do not provide bus, bike, or car tours. We can provide recommendations for bus or car tour guides if desired.
  • Our outdoor tours run from mid-March to mid-November (weather permitting). 
  • Special requests for private walking tours from mid-November to mid-March can be arranged (weather permitting) by contacting tours@imjm.ca.
  • You must wear a face mask that covers the nose and mouth to be welcomed onto a walking tour and you must not remove your mask for the duration of the tour.
  • You must bring your own face mask. The Museum will not provide you with one.
  • You must endeavour as much as possible to maintain a distance of 2 meters between yourself and other tour guests (who are not part of your family) and the guide for the duration of the walking tour.
  • The size of walking tour groups will be limited to 12 people.
  • Anyone who feels unwell or has cold or flu-like symptoms should not attend the tour and will be allowed to reschedule their tour or receive a refund for tickets purchased.
  • As of September 1, 2021, the Quebec government requires all persons aged 13 and above to have proof of vaccination for walking tours.

Image courtesy of Library and Archives Canada
Mordecai Richler (Nov. 1957), Horst Ehricht fonds