Neighbourhood - Buildings

Royal Victoria Hospital


At the time of its opening in 1893, Royal Victoria Hospital was considered the finest and best equipped in North America, intended to care for the sick of all nations and creeds.

Donald Smith later Lord Strathcona and George Stephens later Lord Mount Stephen, two businessmen who made their fortunes in railways, provided a substantial amount of money for construction of the hospital, to celebrate Queen Victoria's fiftieth year on the throne. From its early days, the hospital was affiliated with McGill University and quickly acquired an international reputation for teaching, clinical care and pioneering research.

A series of expansions have made the Royal Vic, as it is affectionately called, a prestigious medical complex. The location was chosen because of its park setting and salubrious air with the added benefit of exceptional views of the St. Lawrence River and downtown Montreal.

Today, together with the Montreal Children's Hospital, the Montreal Neurological Hospital, the Montreal General Hospital and the Montreal Chest Institute, the Royal Vic is a component of the MUHC, the McGill University Health Centre.

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Royal Victoria Hospital, Pine Avenue, Montreal, QC, about 1895
Wm. Notman & Son
About 1895, 19th century
25 cm x 20 cm
© McCord Museum, (VIEW-2671), © Héritage Montréal

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"Statue of Queen Victoria"

© McGill University Archives, (PR008892), © Héritage Montréal

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L'Hôpital Royal Victoria et le Mont-Royal, vue aérienne
Communauté urbaine de Montréal

13.3 cm x 10.3 cm

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Hôpital Royal Victoria, vue aérienne de l'entrée
Communauté urbaine de Montréal

13.8 cm x 12.8 cm

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"Inaugural Dinner of the Royal Victoria Hospital Fund Raising Campaign"

© McGill University Archives, (PR023872), © Héritage Montréal

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"The New Nurse's Home of the Royal Vicoria Hospital"

© McGill University Archives, (PR023723), © Héritage Montréal

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"Women Students"

© McGill University Archives, (PR001048), © Héritage Montréal

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"The surgical Ward and the Out Patient Department of the Royal Victoria Hospital"

© McGill University Archives, (PR023739), © Héritage Montréal