November 15, 2013 — Housed in a 19th century British fort on Saint-Helen’s Island, Montréal’s Stewart Museum buzzes with interesting visitor activities, inside and out! There’s always something to discover thanks to five centuries of historical landmarks and stories, as well as some 500 artefacts, images, archival documents and early maps that recall the presence and influence of European civilizations in New France and North America.
Come winter, the Stewart Museum offers guided tours of the site’s Military Complex on snowshoes! Built in 1824 upon the orders of the Duke of Wellington, the fortifications were once the arms depot of the Montréal Military District and of Upper Canada (until 1870). The Complex comprises a number of buildings, including an arsenal, workshops, a guardhouse, small and large powder magazine and barracks. A costumed guide shares informational tidbits and interesting stories. Tours run from January to March and include an unguided visit of the History and Memory exhibition. Snowshoes are provided.