Downtown Montreal

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Downtown Montreal
Centre-Ville de Montréal
Montreal - QC - Skyline.jpg
Downtown Montreal is located in Montreal
Downtown Montreal
Downtown Montreal
Location of Downtown Montreal
Coordinates: 45°30′N 73°34′W / 45.50°N 73.57°W / 45.50; -73.57Coordinates: 45°30′N 73°34′W / 45.50°N 73.57°W / 45.50; -73.57
Country Canada
Province Quebec
City Montreal
Borough Ville-Marie
A view of McGill College Avenue in December.

Downtown Montreal is the central business district of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Located in the borough of Ville-Marie, the district is situated on the southernmost slope of Mount Royal. The strictest definition bordered by Sherbrooke Street to the north, Saint Hubert Street to the east, Guy Street to the west, and Notre-Dame Street to the south. Wider definitions may extend to Atwater Street to the west, Papineau Street to the east, and Avenue des Pins to the north.[citation needed]

The downtown region houses many corporate headquarters as well a large majority of the city's skyscrapers — which, by law, cannot be greater in height than Mount Royal in order to preserve the aesthetic predominance and intimidation factor of the mountain. The two tallest of these are the 1000 de La Gauchetière and 1250 René-Lévesque, both of which were built in 1992. The Tour de la Bourse is also a significant high-rise and is home to the Montreal Exchange that trades in derivatives. The Montreal Exchange was originally a stock exchange and was the first in Canada. In 1999, all stock trades were transferred to Toronto in exchange for an exclusivity in the derivative trading market.

Place Ville-Marie, an I. M. Pei-designed cruciform office tower built in 1962, sits atop an underground shopping mall that forms the nexus of Montreal's underground city, the world's largest, with indoor access to over 1,600 shops, restaurants, offices, businesses, museums and universities, as well as metro stations, train stations, bus terminals, and tunnels extending all over downtown. The central axis for downtown is Saint Catherine Street, Canada's busiest commercial avenue. The area includes high end retail such as the Holt Renfrew and Ogilvy department stores as well as Les Cours Mont-Royal shopping centre. Other major streets include Sherbrooke Street, Peel, de la Montagne, de Maisonneuve and Crescent.

The skyline may be observed from one of two lookouts on Mount Royal. The lookout at the Belvedere takes in downtown, the river, and the Monteregian Hills. On clear days the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York are visible, as are the Green Mountains of Vermont. The eastern lookout has a view of The Plateau neighbourhood, Olympic Stadium and beyond.

Downtown Montreal is also home to the main campuses of McGill University and UQAM and the Sir George Williams campus of Concordia University.[1][2]

Downtown of Montreal near McGill University

Future projects[edit]

  • Construction of the 37-floor and 25-floor (120 meters and 80 meters) Babylone Condos residential and commercial towers, connected by two suspended skyways, at the corner of Guy Street and René-Lévesque Boulevard W. Construction begins in 2014.
  • Construction of the 50-floor, 175m meter tall L'Avenue residential tower started in 2013, right in front of the Bell Centre. The tower will be completed in 2016.
  • Construction of the 50-floor, 167 meter tall Tour des Canadiens started in 2013, right beside the Bell Centre. The tower will be completed in 2016.
  • Construction of the 40-floor, 147 meter tall Roccabella towers started in 2013. The first tower will be completed in 2016.
  • Construction of the 40-floor, 138 meter tall Le V started in 2011. The tower will be completed in early 2014.
  • Construction of the 39-floor, 146 meter tall Icône tower has started in 2013. The tower will be completed in 2016.
  • Construction of the 26-floor, 133 meter tall Deloitte Tower started in 2012. The tower will be completed in 2015.
  • Construction of the 35-floor, 120 meter tall Altoria tower started in 2011. The tower will be completed in 2014.





Private colleges[edit]

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Air Canada was formerly headquartered in Downtown Montreal. In 1990, the airline announced that it was moving its headquarters from Downtown Montreal to Montreal-Trudeau Airport to cut costs.[3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Campus Maps", "McGill University". Accessed May 17, 2008.
  2. ^ "Campus map", "Concordia University". Accessed May 17, 2008.
  3. ^ "Air Canada layoffs blamed on free trade." Toronto Star. October 10, 1990. A1. Retrieved on September 23, 2009.
  4. ^ Benzie, Robert. "Tories float Air Canada plan; Ready to lift bilingualism requirement Would 'level playing field,' party says." Toronto Star. June 20, 2004. A07. Retrieved on September 23, 2009.