Queen Mary Road

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Queen Mary Road (French: Chemin Queen-Mary) is an east-west road located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Queen Mary Road crosses the borough of Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grace and the town of Hampstead and is located on the northwest flank of Mount Royal. This road was named in 1910 in honour of Mary of Teck who became Queen consort on May 6, 1910 when her husband, George V, became King of the United Kingdom.

Saint Joseph's Oratory is located on Queen Mary Road.

History[edit]

Queen Mary Road near Decarie Boulevard in 1943

In 1900, urban residents could still enjoy the rural northern flank of Mount Royal taking the path of the Côte-des-Neiges Road and then Côte-Saint-Luc Road.

The urbanization of the territory started in 1925 with the connection of different tram lines. The development of public transportation encouraged the construction of numerous tenements along major thoroughfares such as Queen Mary Road which was then the Snowdon-junction terminus.[1]

During the 1960s, the Decarie Expressway trench is dug, separating the road in two. This addition increased vehicular traffic in the neighbourhood of Snowdon.

In 1981, Snowdon Montreal Metro station opened near the site of the old tram terminus. This station is an important crossroads of transit because it serves two Metro lines in addition to buses. Today, Queen Mary Road is still a main focus of the neighbourhood.[1]

Saint Joseph's Oratory is located on Queen Mary Road.

Proposed name change[edit]

In fall 2010, in the wake of the canonization of Brother André, some politicians and journalists have suggested that Queen Mary Road be renamed Frère-André Road. So far, no decision has been taken.[2]

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

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

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 45°29′23″N 73°37′31″W / 45.48972°N 73.62528°W / 45.48972; -73.62528