If you haven’t had time to check out Montreal’s Pointe-à-Callière Museum and its pavilion exhibit, now could be the right time. The permanent exhibit was opened on May 17, 2017 and pays tribute to the first North American collector sewer which was a civil engineering accomplishment built between 1832 and 1838.
The sewer was functional up until 1989, and worked to channel the Little River underground. It collected rainwater and wastewater before it was taken out of service to reroute the water to a network of sewers leading to the Rivière-des-Prairies plant.
A part of the sewer was originally integrated into the museum in 1992, and now visitors can take a walk through the sewer underground for 110 meters.
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While taking your walk, you’ll enjoy a sensory experience courtesy of the Memory Collector, which is a light installment visible on the sewer walls, and a special acoustic design.
Once you’re underground, you will feel like you’ve been transported back in time, as you revel at the groundbreaking sewer. The feeling of historical magic will stay with you throughout your walk, and after you leave.
This unique Montreal experience is not to be missed! It’s absolutely stunning.
Where: 350 Place Royale, Old Montreal, H2Y 3Y5
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