Montreal - Downtown Architecture & Attractions on the Trans-Canada Highway

Downtown Montral is home to a condensed cluster of attractions, archicture, historical buildings, churches and museums.


Bell Centre
1260 de La Gauchetière Street West
Montréal, Québec, H3B 5E8
(514) 932-2582 Fax: (514) 925-2118
Bonaventure / Lucien-L'Allier METRO
Built in 1996, the Bell Centre is the home of the Montréal Canadiens Hockey Club, seeting more than 21,000 sports fans. It is also a venue for rock concerts, classical music performances and family entertainment. Guided tours available. Admission: $0.00 to 6.00 Children, $6.00 Students, $8.00 Adults, $6.00 Senior Citizens, $5.50 Groups.

BNP Tower - Laurentian Bank Tower
1981 McGill College Avenue
Montréal, Québec,
These twin towers, with tinted blue glass curtain-walls, form a stunning modern complex. Dominating its esplanade is a tall sculpture entitled "The Illuminated Crowd" by artist Raymond Mason. Architects: Webb, Zerafa, Menkès, Houdsen Partnership

Complexe Desjardins
150 Sainte-Catherine Street West
Montréal, Québec,
(514) 845-INFO (4636) Fax: (514) 281-6642
Place-des-Arts / Place-d'Armes METRO
One hundred and ten stores and restaurants, as well as a grocery store surround an immense public square where many events are held year round. Located in the heart of downtown, cultural events and the underground city, Complexe Desjardins also gives direct access to the Hyatt Regency Montréal hotel. Open: to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Cours Mont-Royal
1455 Peel Street
Montréal, Québec, H3A 1T5
Built in 1922, the 1,100-room Mount Royal Hotel was the largest in the British Empire. This elegant building, highlighted by fine interior décor, is now part of a multipurpose complex housing boutiques, restaurants, apartments and offices.

Dorchester Square - Place du Canada
Corner of Peel Street and René-Lévesque Blvd.
Peel / Bonaventure METRO
Oases of greenery in the very heart of Montréal, stretching on either side of René-Lévesque Blvd., Dorchester Square and Place du Canada are lined by churches and superb older buildings, as well as more recent ones. This Square was formerly the site of the Montréal Catholic Cemetery, between 1799 and 1854. Today, the north part of this park is the point of departure for Bus City Tours.

999 University Street
Montréal, Québec, H3C 5H7
(514) 954-8219 Fax: (514) 954-6376
The world headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, is here in Montreal. The complex features a 15-storey office tower, a five-storey conference centre, and a six-storey skylit atrium. Outside the Atrium entrance is a sculpture by the Québec artist Marcelle Ferron entitled "Le Miroir aux alouettes".

Le 1000 de La Gauchetière
1000 de La Gauchetière Street West
Montréal, Québec, H3B 4W5
(514) 395-1000 Fax: (514) 395-1005
Bonaventure METRO
This 205-metre (672 feet) high building dominates the Montréal skyline with its 51 floors. Its quiet elegance and rich materials exemplify a new architectural philosophy. The indoor skating rink is set within an exceptional domed, sky-lit exhibition hall.

Le 1250 Boulevard René-Lévesque
1250 René-Lévesque Blvd. West
Montréal, Québec,
Bonaventure METRO
Made of granite and glass, the building is renowned for its distinctive forms and the curvature of its east wall.

Sun Life Building
1155 Metcalfe Street
Montréal, Québec,
Inaugurated in 1918, this impressive building highlighted by colonnades, long held the distinction of being the largest building in the British Empire. At one point, it represented the power of the Anglo-Saxon establishment in Montréal. This Beaux-Arts style building was used as a safe for the gold reserves of a number of European countries and for the jewels of the British Crown during World War II.
Gare Windsor Station
Windsor Station
Corner of Peel and de La Gauchetière West Streets
Montréal, Québec,
Bonaventure METROThis train station, whose first phase was completed in 1889, is a fine example of Richardson's Romanesque Revival. At one time, it was the hub of Canada's railway system.


Christ Church Cathedral
635 Sainte-Catherine Street West
Montréal, Québec,
(514) 843-6577 Fax: (514) 843-6344
The neo-Gothic Christ Church Cathedral was built between 1857 and 1859, and now stands over an underground shopping gallery, while the post-modern tower beside it was designed to suggest the features of the cathedralt. The Square between the Cathedral and the office tower is dedicated to Raoul Wallenberg, Hero of Humanity, who saved thousands of Jews from Hitler's concentration camps during World War II. Open: Sunday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is daily worship and a regular schedule of concerts.

L'Église du Gesù
1202 de Bleury Street
Montréal, Québec, H3B 3J3
(514) 866-2305 Fax: (514) 866-4853
Place-des-Arts METRO
Église du Gesù ("Jesus" in Italian) is named for the church in Rome where Saint Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, is buried. Built in 1865 by the Irish architect Patrick C. Keeley, Église du Gesù is one of the oldest churches in Montréal and was restored in 1984 by the Jesuits, who have maintained the church since it was founded. Open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m; Sunday 9 a.m. to noon.

Mary Queen of the World Cathedral
Corner of René-Lévesque Blvd. and Mansfield Street
Montréal, Québec, Canada
(514) 866-1661 Fax: (514) 864-5643
Bonaventure METRO
Inspired by St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, this magnificent Catholic cathedral was built at the end of the 19th century in the heart of what was then the city's Anglo-Protestant sector. Inside, a superb gilded neo-baroque baldachin overlooks the altar, and in the transept, paintings by Georges Delfosse illustrate the beginnings of Montréal. Open: Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Guided visits in summer only.

St. George's Anglican Church
Corner of Peel Street and de La Gauchetière Street West
Montréal, Québec,
(514) 866-7113 Fax: (514) 866-6096
Bonaventure METRO
This neo-Gothic was built in 1870 with superb interior woodwork as well as a tapestry from Westminster Abbey, used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Services on Sundays, at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Allow Less than 1 Hour.

St. James United Church
463 Sainte-Catherine Street West
Montréal, Québec, H3B 1B1
(514) 288-9245 Fax: (514) 288-5148
This 1889 Gothic-style exterior and Victorian interior church was originally Methodist and now is the largest Protestant church in Montréal. Open: Mid-May to the end of August: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, worship at 11 a.m. During the summer, free organ concerts are held every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Guided tour upon reservation.

St. Patrick's Basilica
460 René-Lévesque Blvd. West
Montréal, Québec, H2Z 1A7
(514) 866-7379 Fax: (514) 954-1218
Square-Victoria METRO
"The Irish Church" had its Basilica constructed between 1843 and 1847, evoking the Gothic style of the 14th and 15th centuries, with its huge pine columns, the oak carving in the nave, the carved pulpit and choir-loft.. The Basilica, which was classified a historic monument in 1985 and a national historic site in 1996. Open: Daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Masses held daily. Guided tours upon request.

The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul
Corner of Redpath and Sherbrooke West Streets
Montréal, Québec,
(514) 842-3431 Fax: (514) 842-3433
Guy-Concordia METRO
This 1932 Presbyterian church is one of the major institutions of Montréal's Scottish community. Its interior is entirely of stone, and a stained glass window overlooking the central altar commemorates soldiers killed in action during World War I.

Museums & Attractions

Canadian Centre for Architecture
1920 Baile Street
Montréal, Québec, H3H 2S6
(514) 939-7026 Fax: (514) 939-7020
Guy-Concordia METRO
The CCA is an international architectural research centre and museum founded on the conviction that architecture is a public concern. The CCA has received numerous awards for the integration of its building with the historical 1874 Shaughnessy House. A sculpture garden, designed by artist/architect Melvin Charney, is part of this outstanding place. OPEN: Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission: $0.00 to 3.00 Children, $3.00 Students, $6.00 Adults, $4.00 Senior Citizens, Group rates available.

Jules Saint-Michel, Luthier - Economuseum of violin-making
57 Ontario Street West
Montréal, Québec, H2X 1Y8
(514) 288-4343 Fax: (514) 288-9296
Place-des-Arts METRO
Who were the great violin-makers in history, and what was Québec's role in violin-making? Discover the fascinating world of the violin whose form and construction has remained unchanged in 450 years. See the boutique, the workshop and the museum at the same time. Open: Monday to Friday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours for groups with reservation. Admission: $ 3 Children, $ 5 Students, $ 6 Adults
Group rates available.

Legends of the Forum
Pepsi Forum Entertainment Centre
2313 Sainte-Catherine Street West
Montréal, Québec, H9A 1L6
(514) 228-3030 Fax: (514) 228-3019
Atwater METRO
Located in the old Forum de Montréal, original home for the Montreal Canadiens NHL hockey team, this entertainment centre features "cosmic" bowling on 16 alleys, professional pool tables, an electronic game room and restaurants. Admission charge only for movie theatre.

McCord Museum of Canadian History
690 Sherbrooke Street West
Montréal, Québec, H3A 1E9
(514) 398-7100 Fax: (514) 398-5045
The McCord is one of North America's most significant historical institution, with the most important First Nations collection in Québec, the foremost collection of Canadian costumes and textiles, and the Notman photographic archives, unparalleled anywhere in the world. Open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Monday, except for holidays and during the summer months. Admission: $0.00 to 3.00 Children, $5.00 Students, $9.50 Adults, $7.00 Senior Citizens, $19.00 Families, Special group rates available with reservation.
McGill College
McGill University
805 Sherbrooke Street West
Montréal, Québec, H3A 2K6
(514) 398-6555
Founded following a bequest from James McGill, a Montréal fur trader born in Glasgow, McGill University received its charter from King George IV in 1821. The downtown campus comprises more than 80 buildings on 80 acres of land.

Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
185 Sainte-Catherine Street West
Montréal, Québec, H2X 3X5
(514) 847-6226 Fax: (514) 847-6291
Place-des-Arts METRO
Canada's only museum devoted exclusively to contemporary art, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal is the best possible place to discover the wealth of Québec creativity and the leading international artistic trends. Also houses a boutique, bookstore, garden and restaurant. Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.Admission: $3.00 Students, $6.00 Adults, $4.00 Senior Citizens, $12.00 Families, Group rates available.

Palais des congrès de Montréal (Montréal Convention Centre)
159 Saint-Antoine Street West
Montréal, Québec, H2Z 1H2
(514) 871-8122 Fax: (514) 871-9389
Place-d'Armes METRO
The new building of the Palais des congrès was opened in 2002, doubling its area and incorporating a colourful facade of glass with a pink forest inside. The new structure, adds to the existing 1983 edifice and faces west onto Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle. On Saint-Antoine Street, three facades to the west of the original building carefully preserved city history: the 1885 Rogers and King building; the 1908 Fire Station No. 20,; and the 1928 art deco Tramways building.

Redpath Museum, McGill University
859 Sherbrooke Street West
Montréal, Québec, H3A 2K6
(514) 398-4086, ext. 4092 Fax: (514) 398-3185
McGill / Peel METRO
This museum of natural history presents its permanent exhibit: History and Diversity of Québec, including fossils, minerals and zoological specimens. Ther are also ethnology exhibits about Egypt, Africa, and Oceania. Highlights include dinosaurs and mummies. $2 donation suggested for individuals and $1 donation suggested for groups of 15 or more. OPEN: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 25 to August 31 and public holidays: closed on Friday and Saturday.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
1379-1380 Sherbrooke Street West
Montréal, Québec, H3G 1J5
(514) 285-2000 Fax: (514) 844-6042 Toll Free 1 800 899-MUSE (6873)
Guy-Concordia METRO
Founded in 1860, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is one of Canada's oldest art museums, with an encyclopedic permanent collection, rranging from Antiquity to modern. Free admission to the permanent collection. Open: Tuesday to Sunday and holiday Mondays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Temporary exhibitions (with admission fee): same hours as permanent collection, plus Wednesday evening, (half-price from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.). Admission: $3.00 Children, $6.00 Students, $12.00 Adults, $6.00 Senior Citizens, $24.00 Families, Group rates available.

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