Square-Victoria-OACI (Montreal Metro)
|Address||Square Victoria, Montreal
|Depth||16.2 metres (53 feet 2 inches), 31st deepest|
|Opened||6 February 1967|
|Operator||Société de transport de Montréal|
|OPUS card||vending machine and recharge|
|Passengers ()||3,693,589 entrances in 2006, 22nd of 68|
Square-Victoria-OACI is a station on the Orange Line of the Montreal Metro rapid transit system, operated by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM). It is located in Victoria Square near the Quartier international de Montréal district, in the borough of Ville-Marie in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The station opened on February 6, 1967, four months after most of the initial network, and was briefly the terminus of the Orange Line until Bonaventure station was opened a week later.
The metro station is a normal side platform station; its central mezzanine is connected to a very long tunnel running along Beaver Hall Hill and under Victoria Square, giving access to its various exits.
Each of the station's exits is connected to another building or buildings via the underground city. The Belmont exit is connected to and located in the 1080 Beaver Hall Hill building; the Viger exit is likewise connected to and located in the Bell Tower/National Bank complex. The Saint Antoine exit is a link in the main part of the underground city, linking the ICAO building with the Centre CDP Capital, while the rotunda at the south end of the tunnel, leading to the Saint Jacques exit, links the Tour de la Bourse with the Centre de commerce mondial.
The station was designed by Irving Sager. Two steel murals by Robert Savoie, entitled Kawari Kabuto, grace the walls of the great volume over the tunnel vaults, and a mural in the pedestrian tunnel to the northern entrances is by Jean-Paul Mousseau. The southern rotunda formerly contained a multimedia installation entitled Ars Natura, promoting Montreal's science museums.
The most famous artwork, however, is one of Hector Guimard's art nouveau entrance porticos from the Paris Métro. One of the few authentic installations on a metro station outside Paris, it was given in 1967 by the RATP (Régie autonome des transports parisiens) to commemorate the collaboration of French and Canadian engineers in building the metro. It is located within Victoria Square on the Saint Antoine entrance, one of only four open-air entrances on the network (the others are located at Place-Saint-Henri and Bonaventure stations). It was recently removed, completely restored, and reinstalled.
The station is equipped with the MétroVision information screens which displays news, commercials, and the time till the next train.
The station has 4 entrances:
Origin of the name
This station is named for Victoria Square, which has existed since 1813; it was renamed for Queen Victoria on the occasion of the visit of the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) to Montreal in 1860.
Until the spring of 2014, the station was named Square-Victoria. In June 2014, the station was renamed Square-Victoria–OACI for the Organisation de l'aviation civile internationale (OACI), headquartered nearby.
Connecting bus routes
|Société de transport de Montréal|
|61 Wellington||All-day, Weekends before 10:00PM||Map||Schedule|
|74 Bridge||Rush Hours, Located one block west on University||Map||Schedule|
|75 de la Commune||Rush Hours||Map||Schedule|
|178 Pointe-Nord/Île-des-Soeurs||Weekdays before 8:00PM, Located at University and De la Gauchetière||Map||Schedule|
|420 Express Notre-Dame-de-Grâce||Weekdays before 8:00PM, Mornings towards Downtown and Afternoons from Downtown, Located at University and De la Gauchetière||Map||Schedule|
|CIT du Sud-Ouest|
|1 Valleyfield - Montréal||All-day||N/A||Schedule|
|28 Châteauguay - Downtown Montréal||Rush Hour Monday-Friday||N/A||Schedule|
Nearby points of interest
Connected via the underground city
- International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
- Tour Bell
- Tour Banque Nationale
- 1080 Beaver Hall Hill
- Place de la Cité internationale - Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
- W Hotel Montreal
- Centre de commerce mondial de Montréal (Edifice Canada Steamship Lines, Hôtel Inter-Continental)
- Tour de la Bourse (Bourse de Montréal, Place Victoria, Hôtel Delta Centre-Ville)
- Bonaventure metro station and points west
- Place-d'Armes metro station and points east
- Quartier international de Montréal
- Cité Multimédia
- Saint Patrick's Basilica
- Victoria Square
- Place Félix-Martin - American Consulate-General
- Le Curateur public du Québec
- TD Canada Trust Building
- Royal Bank Building
- Square-Victoria Metro Station
- Métro de Montréal: la station Square-Victoria change de nom, at the Huffington Post; published April 3, 2014; retrieved July 4, 2014
Media related to Square-Victoria–OACI (Montreal Metro) at Wikimedia Commons
- Square-Victoria-OACI Station - official site
- Montreal by Metro, metrodemontreal.com - photos, information, and trivia