De la Gauchetière Street

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De la Gauchetière Street
Rue de la Gauchetière
Rue de La Gauchetière.JPG
Length 2.2 km (1.4 mi)
Location Montreal
West end Peel Street
East end Wolfe Street
Construction
Inauguration 1954
De la Gauchetière Street and Saint Urbain Street in Chinatown.

De la Gauchetière Street (official French name: rue De La Gauchetière) is a street in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, running through downtown Montreal, the Quartier international and Chinatown.

In Chinatown, it takes the form of a pedestrian zone, between Saint Laurent Boulevard and Jeanne-Mance Street. Between Peel Street and Mountain Street, it has been renamed Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal.

Points of interest[edit]

The street runs through the central business district, and is home to such landmarks as Place Bonaventure, the 1000 de la Gauchetière skyscraper, and the Château Champlain. De la Gauchetiere also forms the southern edge of Place du Canada. Bell Centre is located on the part that was renamed as Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal.

One of Montreal's two main railway stations are located on the street: Central Station. Lucien L'Allier Station is located on the part that was renamed as Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal. Historic Windsor Station is also located on the part that was renamed, but is no longer used for train service, the Bell Centre occupying the area where the tracks were located.

Etymology[edit]

The name has been unofficially translated variously as La Gauchetière Street (such as inside the elevator in Windsor Station) and Gauchetière Street. However, the name does not mean "of the Gauchetière"; rather, de la here is part of the proper name, as it is named after the landowner Joseph-Daniel Migeon, also called the Sieur de la Gauchetière in honor of his mother Catherine Gauchet.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Commission de toponymie Québec. "Fiche descriptive Rue De La Gauchetière" (in French). Retrieved 19 August 2012. 

Coordinates: 45°30′30″N 73°33′35″W / 45.508356°N 73.559802°W / 45.508356; -73.559802