Montréal honours some great names


More than 14 new toponyms were created in Montréal in 2015 to honour great figures in the history of the city. Among these place names are Jean-Doré Beach and Robert-Bourassa Boulevard.

Jean-Doré Beach named for former Montréal mayor
First opened in 1990, the public beach on Île Notre-Dame has always been closely linked with Jean Doré, the man who initiated the project to build it. From the beginning, it was nicknamed “Doré Beach”. It runs along the southern edge of the regatta lake.

Jean Doré (1944–2015) was mayor of Montréal from 1986 to 1994. It was he who first equipped the city with a Culture Department and with programs to support festivals, public art and design while getting the Communauté urbaine de Montréal (CUM) to triple the budget of the Conseil des arts. In 1992, during his second term, the 350th anniversary of Montréal took place, and the celebrations left an important legacy: the Biodôme, the Pointe-à-Callière museum of archaeology and history, the redevelopment of the Old Port, and upgrades to major public sites like the Place Émilie-Gamelin.

Robert-Bourassa Boulevard, in the borough of Ville-Marie
Since March 15, 2015, Robert-Bourassa Boulevard has been the new name for the section of University Street that runs south from Sherbrooke to Notre-Dame, in the borough of Ville-Marie.

Lawyer and economist Robert Bourassa (1933–1996) was Premier of Québec from 1970 to 1976 and from 1985 to 1994. Born in Montréal, he spent his childhood in Plateau-Mont-Royal and part of his later life in Outremont. In 1992, his government adopted the Politique culturelle du Québec. Under his leadership, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec was founded.