Ontario Street (Montreal)

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Ontario Street (French: Rue Ontario) is an east-west artery in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It crosses the boroughs of Ville-Marie and Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. It is in the latter that the street becomes predominantly commercial, and is known as the Promenade Ontario. The street is named for Lake Ontario, one of the Great Lakes.

Two Montreal Metro stations are located on Ontario Street: Places des Arts and Frontenac. The Société de transport de Montréal runs the 125 bus along this street.

President Kennedy Avenue[edit]

President Kennedy Avenue (French: Avenue du Président-Kennedy) is the name of the street west of Saint-Urbain Street in Downtown Montreal. President Kennedy Avenue is home to various hotels and condominiums. This portion of the street is named after the 35th U.S. President, John F. Kennedy.

History[edit]

John S. Cartwright, a banker from Kingston, Ontario and J. B. Forsyth, a local merchant, purchased and subdivided the farm of Sir John Johnson in the north part of the Faubourg Quebec. They gave the three new streets the names of three different Great Lakes: Erie, Huron and Ontario. Ontario Street was later extended in stages toward both the east and west. Until 1948, it was believed that the street was named after the province of Ontario, but the discovery of the subdivision documents by a city of Montreal historian corrected this inaccuracy. Although it had been known as Ontario Street since 1842, the name was made official in 1867.

Further reading[edit]

  • Ville de Montréal. Les rues de Montréal. Répertoire historique. Montréal,Méridien, 1995, p. 360

Coordinates: 45°30′42″N 73°34′00″W / 45.5116°N 73.5666°W / 45.5116; -73.5666