Jewish Museums and Walking Tours in Canada
If you’re travelling in Canada this summer, a visit to a Jewish museum or a Jewish walking tour can give you a taste of local Jewish history.
There are a few museums – Pier 21 in Halifax, the Canadian Museum of History, in Gatineau (across the river from Ottawa), and the Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg are the most obvious – have Jewish stories, artifacts, and exhibits either permanently or temporarily on display, but here, again moving from West to East, are some specifically Jewish museums and walking tours I was able to find online:
The Jewish Museum & Archives of BC has no permanent exhibits, but offers several walking tours in Vancouver, and travelling exhibits that are in other locations.
Sign up here for walking tours: https://jewishmuseum.ca/programs/historic-walking-tours/
Here’s where to go to get current information about travelling exhibits:
In Winnipeg, you can visit the The Marion and Ed Vickar Jewish Museum of Western Canada. It’s in the Asper Jewish Community Campus, and is open whenever the campus is open. Find it at
123 Doncaster Street, Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3N 2B2. Current exhibit information is here, https://www.jhcwc.org/about/jewish-museum-of-western-canada . Their phone number is 204 477 7460
It might surprise you to know (as it did me), that Toronto doesn’t have a main Jewish museum. There are a few smaller exhibits, however, making it easy to take in at least one. The Baycrest Centre houses The Morris & Sally Justein Heritage Museum, a small free museum with rotating exhibits, on the ground floor of their Bathurst entrance at 3560 Bathurst Street. For more information: https://www.baycrest.org/Baycrest/Living-at-Baycrest/Amenities/Museum
The Ontario Jewish Archives has rotating exhibits at two of the GTA’s three Jewish community centres:
The Lipa Green building at the Sherman Campus, 4600 Bathurst Street, and
The Schwartz-Reisman Centre, at the Lebovic Community Campus, 9600 Bathurst Street, Vaughan, Ontario.
There's a permanent exhibit at the Sherman Campus, called the Bridge of Hope, about mutual benefit societies. You can get current details here: http://www.ontariojewisharchives.org/Exhibitions/Current
The Ontario Jewish Archives also regularly hosts two walking tours: Stories of Kensington, and the
Pape Avenue Cemetery. Get information and register here: http://www.ontariojewisharchives.org/Programs/Walking-Tours
Beth Tzedec Congregation at 1700 Bathurst Street, has a the Reuben & Helene Dennis Museum
within the synagogue. Check ahead for hours at https://www.beth-tzedec.org/page/museum:
Toronto is also home to a Holocaust Education Centre, the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre at 4600 Bathurst St. Information can be found at https://www.holocaustcentre.com/
Call Paula in advance to arrange a visit 416-635-2883 x 5627 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Ottawa, there’s no museum, but there is a Holocaust monument. The National Holocaust Monument. It’s located on LeBreton Flats, at the corner of Booth Street and the Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway, west of Parliament Hill in Ottawa. More information is available here: http://holocaustmonument.ca/#visit
In Montreal, you’ll find a museum, a Holocaust museum, and a number of walking tours to choose from!
The Museum of Jewish Montreal is located at 4040 St.Laurent. Get more information at
http://imjm.ca/ or by calling 514 840-9300.
The museum also offers 6 different walking tours, including a food tour – all for a fee. Register and get information at https://museemontrealjuif.ca/tours/
The Montreal Holocaust Museum is at 5151, chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine (Cummings House). https://museeholocauste.ca/en/engeneral-informations/ is where you'll find more information.
Lastly, in St. John, New Brunswick, you can visit the St. John Jewish Historical Museum at 91 Leinster Street. Call (506) 633-1833 or visit http://jewishmuseumsj.com/home.html for more information.