375 candles—to shine for later generations!


Montréal’s 375th anniversary is a great opportunity to celebrate the founding of our city—and to make major improvements that residents will appreciate well beyond 2017. Better access to the river and to green spaces and renewal of infrastructure are just two ways the city is remaking itself for the future.

History in situ
Walking through the historic district of Montréal, passers-by can discover Cité Mémoire, a unique multimedia experience that takes us back in time through Montréal’s history. It brings the city’s past to life using projections on the actual landscape where events took place.

Gardens of history…
At the Maison Saint-Gabriel, the gardens have been designed as works of art that reflect a bygone time in Canadian history.

One such garden, the Jardin des origines, is a lively tribute to First Nations women and to Marguerite Bourgeoys, the founder of the Congregation of Notre-Dame. It features flowers and plants which grew in their era, and resemble embroidery, lace and pearls. The visitor is invited to wander through a miniature paradise where the most delicate scents vie for our attention with the brightest of colours.

…and parks of the future
The transformation of the park at the Saint-Michel environmental complex (CESM) is one of the most ambitious environmental rehabilitation projects ever initiated in Montréal. Four areas of the park will be redeveloped and made open to the public in 2017. Known for its avant-garde projects, the park is set to become one of the largest green spaces in the city, after Mount Royal.

Over the entire Mount Royal heritage site, the discovery tour and its points of interest will be recast and redesigned with new itineraries that offer strollers an intuitive, sensory experience for exploring the nature and history of the park.

Hidden treasures
Montréal has some well-hidden secrets—but we can discover them at the Pointe-à-Callière archaeology and history museum. The remains of Fort Ville-Marie and the Louis-Hector de Callière residence, primary sites for the city’s early history, will be the centre of a new exhibit.

Between river and mountain
Starting from the Pointe-à-Callière museum and finishing at the gates of Mount Royal, a pedestrian route will connect the two most emblematic places of the city, the river and the mountain. Extending over 3.8 km, it will include fascinating stops along the way that reveal the history, heritage and cultural resonance of the sites it crosses. This Signature Project will be carefully planned so it can serve as a “benchmark” for similar urban walks in the future.

A new look at City Hall
The redevelopment of the area around City Hall and Place Vauquelin will reveal the key elements of their identity and enhance their civic and symbolic dimensions. This project forms part of a broader study of the whole territory covered by the city’s administrative headquarters.

Crossroads redesigned
A major hub for Montréal institutions, heritage and culture, the Sherbrooke–Pie-IX intersection is currently being redesigned. The Pie-IX boulevard will become the main corridor for public transport in the east of the island. A new rapid bus service (the SRB) is being developed by the Agence métropolitaine de transport, for launch in 2020. This will bring 70,000 people through the crossroads each day. A work of public art will be installed there, given by the City of Québec.