Irish Famine in Montreal Walking Tour

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10 reviews   (5.00)

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Duration: 2 hours

Departs: Montreal, Montreal

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

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Up to 24 hours in advance.

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The Irish Famine in Montreal Walking Tour revisits one of the darkest chapters in the city’s history, also known as Black ’47. Starting in June, 1847, Montreal was overwhelmed by wave after wave of Irish refugees fleeing brutal oppression at home, including a massive famine triggered by a potato blight and colonial British landowners, many of whom forced tenants off their lands.

The walking tour provides in-depth history about the Irish Famine's impact on Montreal in 1847. Guests will visit key sites associated with this tragedy, including the Old Port and Lachine Canal, the Grey Nuns Motherhouse, the two locations of Montreal’s fever sheds and mass burial grounds, and the infamous Black Rock monument.

The Irish Famine in Montreal Walking Tour is sure to please those researching family roots, history buffs, and tourists and locals interested in this dark episode in the city’s history.

What's Included


Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 6 - 12
  • YOUTH: Age: 13 - 17
  • ADULT: Age: 18 - 70

Additional Info

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Service animals allowed
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers

What To Expect

Old Port of Montreal
Visit the Old Port of Montreal and how it relates to the Irish Famine refugees.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Lieu Historique National du Canal-de-Lachine
One of Montreal's mass graves is located near the Lachine Canal. Your guide will show you it's exact location.

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

The last stop on the tour is the Black Rock monument. This is the gravesite of over 6,000 Irish Famine Refugees.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Interesting tour about Montreal's Irish history
Getaway619944, 21-11-2022
Very interesting and informative tour with Donovan King about the history of the Irish famine victims who came to Montreal . This tour can be a challenge because it is about a history that has left few visible traces. But Mr. King is knowledgeable and passionate and therefore makes this experience memorable.
Thought I knew something about the Irish in Montreal… Turns out I didn’t.
T9517BLbillk, 13-11-2022
I thought I knew something about the history of the Irish in Montreal… turns out I didn’t.
Donovan King's historical Irish Famine walking tour was both educational and entertaining even though the events are extremely sad. Donovan is knowledgeable, passionate and a wonderful storyteller. I plan to take his other walking tours.
A great review of the Irish history in Montreal !
G8565JHbriand, 02-06-2022
Thank you Donovan for a great tour and providing lots of interesting facts and stories on the fate pf the Irish in Montreal. Everyone should take in this tour !
Highly recommend this very informative history lesson
SHARON_S_Tripadv, 30-05-2022
Thank you Donovan for sharing the Irish contribution & sacrifice to the making of Montreal. I highly recommend this tour; very informative & tragic history that certainly needs to be shared and not forgotten.
Highly recommended
DuraidFA, 30-05-2022
I really enjoyed this tour. It was a nice walk downtown Montreal where I learned about the stories of the early Irish immigrants struggles and also about the city heroes like Les Soeurs Grises and John Easton Mills the Montreal mayor who gave their lives while helping the typhus victims. Unfortunately a lot of this history is largely ignored. I will definitely see the city with new eyes from now on.

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