District MTL

Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle

Located between the entrance of the Palais des congrès and the entrance to the CDP Capital Centre, Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle can be found on the covered section of the Ville-Marie Expressway. La joute, Riopelle’s monumental sculpture, is set in a fountain encircled by a ring of fire on the surface of the water, as per the artist’s vision.


Square-Victoria Park

Square Victoria is in the heart of Montréal’s international quarter known officially as the Quartier international de Montréal, bordered by Viger and Saint-Jacques Streets. The metro entrance that opens out onto the Square is the only authentic Hector Guimard metro entrance outside of Paris. Founded in 1813 and named after Queen Victoria in honour of the visit by then Prince of Wales Edward VII, Square Victoria’s current design is the result of its restoration in 2002-2003.


The gardens of St. Patrick's Basilica

This church is known for its ten “Saint Patrick’s Chimes”, the oldest of which, known as Charlotte, was cast in 1774 and used in the old Notre-Dame church. The bell system was restored in 1989. Saint Patrick’s Basilica once towered above lush gardens that extended all the way to de La Gauchetière Street. Today, the parish church of the Irish community is concealed by the surrounding financial buildings in downtown Montréal.


Place du Frère André

The Place du Frère-André features a statue honouring this important religious figure. He was accepted in 1870 by the Congregation of Holy Cross of Montréal. In addition to having built a chapel in honour of Saint Joseph in front of Notre Dame College where he worked for 40 years, Brother André is better known for having miraculously healed thousands of sick people. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1982.


Carré Phillips

Square Phillips was named after the family that left this block to the city on condition that it would remain a park. It features the statue of King Edward VII, who visited Montréal in 1860 as Prince of Wales during his mother Victoria’s reign. In the summer, this small park is filled with stands selling flowers, maple syrup, souvenirs and handcrafted jewellery.


Raoul Wallenberg Square (Christ Church Park)

Christ Church can be found right on Sainte-Catherine Street between Union and University Streets. Just behind the church is a large public terrace with park benches and green spaces. It is the ideal spot for taking a break to bask in the sun between the office towers of downtown Montréal.


L'esplanade (Place des Arts Park)

Behind Place des Arts, there is a small park perfect for relaxing and unwinding. In addition to Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Place des Arts is home to a symphony orchestra (Orchestre symphonique de Montréal), a national ballet company (Grands Ballets Canadiens) and opera company (Opéra de Montréal). In the summer, it is also the site of the Montréal International Jazz Festival.


Hydro-Québec Park

Culture, nature and urban vibe converge to offer a refreshing intermission in this garden adjacent to lively Sainte-Catherine Street, to the Maison du développement durable (House of Sustainable Development) and to renowned Théâtre du Nouveau Monde. This garden’s huge, raised metal grid creates growing conditions comparable to that of a forest, allowing rainwater to flow naturally to the trees and to the many native plants that form the groundcover.


Parterre du Quartier des Spectacles

A public space that can host public gatherings, the Parterre du Quartier des spectacles benefits from a large central green area bordered by paved surfaces. The nearby Promenade des Artistes is a unique and inspiring attraction. It links the Place des Festivals to the Parterre and was created by reclaiming traffic lanes along President-Kennedy Avenue and De Maisonneuve Boulevard.


McGill Campus

Spread over 80 acres of green spaces and filled with students playing soccer or sitting on the lawn, the McGill Campus is located on Sherbrooke Street at the corner of McGill College Avenue. Formerly the property of Scottish immigrant James McGill, the land was left as an endowment for the construction of the largest university in Canada. The campus is also home to the Redpath Museum.


Rutherford Park

This large vacant piece of land has been used for years by the various McGill University sports teams as a training site. It is a recreational space open to everyone and a popular route used by students walking around the campus.


McGill Park

A small hidden park on McGill Campus, McGill Park is located on Peel Street, near Avenue Docteur-Penfield. It is isolated and ideal for a little privacy or for reading a good book.


The quiet garden of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul

This small garden located on Sherbrooke Street West, at the corner of Redpath Street, is a peaceful, quiet haven. Adorned with magnificent trees, it has a few benches for passers-by seeking solitude.


St. James The Apostle Church Park

While walking on Sainte-Catherine Street West, you will eventually come across St. James the Apostle Church, a Methodist church built in 1864. In the old days, British Army officers went there to play cricket. Neo-Gothic bells decorate its exterior, while its interior is Victorian.


Holt Renfrew

Right behind the Holt Renfrew store, located on de la Montagne Street, you’ll find a charming green space with park benches. A perfect spot to take a downtown break.


Alcan Head Office terrace

Behind Alcan’s head office, located on Sherbrooke Street West between Drummond and Stanley Streets, there is a small terrace with a water sculpture in the centre surrounded by park benches. It is a peaceful spot right in the middle of office buildings in downtown Montréal.


Dorchester Square

Dorchester Square was once a cemetery. Today it is a park surrounded by prestigious buildings. Saint George’s Church, Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, the Sun Life building and the building at 1000 de La Gauchetière Street are evidence of this evolution. Strolling through the tree-lined paths divided by islands of greenery, you will discover four monuments of Montréal and Canadian historical figures.


Place du Canada Park

Place du Canada Park is a sort of continuation of Dorchester Square. Developed in 1872, it is also known as “Dominion Square”. Four monuments can be found in the park: Armistice Memorial (1924) – a replica of the Whitehall Memorial, located on a street in the city of Westminster, London – the John A. Macdonald Memorial (1895) by George E. Wade, two canons (1889) donated by Queen Victoria, as well as an impressive machine gun.


Place Ville Marie

Emblematic Place Ville Marie is the fourth highest skyscraper in Montréal. Its large terrace is the perfect place to sit in the sun over lunch in the company of business people.It also offers one of the most magnificent views on downtown and Mount Royal.


IBM Terrace

East of the IBM Tower, there is a spot where it is possible to relax, have a coffee and enjoy the sunshine. One of the tallest Montréal buildings, IBM Tower is also considered one of the city’s most beautiful skyscrapers.


Des Pins Redpath Crescent Park

At the foot of Mount Royal, between Redpath-Crescent Street and Avenue des Pins, is a small wooded area that is part of the “Golden Square Mile“, the famous neighbourhood set between city and garden and known for its early twentieth century mansions. The woodland’s Redpath stairs lead either to the 200 steps that culminate at the Belvedere or to the main road that winds up to the top of Mount Royal.


Monseigneur Charbonneau Place

The newly renovated Place Monseigneur Charbonneau was unveiled in June 2005. This sophisticated urban square, located on the corner of University Street and René-Lévesque Boulevard, boasts a remarkable diversity of plants and shrubs that ensure year-long foliage.


1100 René-Lévesque

The terrace at 1100 René-Lévesque is a compelling alternative to the bigger parks in the vicinity, with benches, a water fountain and a unique sculpture that is sure to appeal to art connoisseurs.


Windsor station garden

An integral part of the unique historical charm of what was once the most modern train station of its time, Windsor Station features a courtyard garden of timeless beauty, nestled between the lavish architecture of the late 19th century and the modern design of the Centre Bell.


Marriott hotel terrace

Look up… way up ! The rooftop terrace at the Marriott hotel lets you admire downtown Montreal from a whole other angle, with a rich variety of plants unlike anything else the city has to offer.


National Bank tower terrace

The National Bank tower terrace is the perfect midday getaway from the cubicle –the ideal place for a relaxing stroll along a flower-lined pathway, a leisurely outdoor lunch or a casual meet-up with co-workers.


Place Félix-Martin tower garden

Hidden away on the grounds of the former Collège Sainte-Marie, now known as Place Félix-Martin – the headquarters of SNC-Lavalin, is a flower-filled haven of peace and tranquility, where the sweet scent of hydrangea blossoms will whisk you away from the hustle and bustle of the city.


Palais des Congrès - Esplanade

At the intersection of Chinatown, the Quartier international and Old Montreal, the Palais des congrès esplanade is an ideal gathering place for passersby, convention-goers and tourists alike. A grove of 31 crab apple trees, criss-crossed by winding stone pathways, provides a shady oasis from the urban jungle. Under each clutch of trees is a vegetation-carpeted mound of earth. In May, when these official trees of the city of Montreal bloom, the result is an eye-popping explosion of pinks and fuchsias you won’t want to miss!



The garden and its multiple elements invite the visitor to engage in a reflexion about the forest and its preservation. Located just beside the Place-des-Arts metro station on Bleury Street, the garden also includes the artwork Écho (2001) by Michel Saulnier.