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Dorchester Square, Montreal

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#17 of 39 in Parks in Montreal
Dorchester Square (officially in French: square Dorchester, originally Dominion Square, French: square Dominion) is a large urban square in downtown Montreal. Together with Place du Canada, the area is just over 21,000 m2 (230,000 sq ft) or 2.1 ha of manicured and protected urban parkland bordered by René Lévesque Boulevard to the south, Peel Street to the west, Metcalfe Street to the east and Dorchester Square Street to the north. The square is open to the public 24 hours a day and forms a focal point for pedestrian traffic in the city. Until the creation of Place du Canada in 1967, the name "Dominion Square" had been applied to the entire area.


Land acquisition to build the square began in 1872 and the site was inaugurated in 1878, though it was not thoroughly completed until 1892. The square has four statues that were originally arranged in the form of a Union Jack.

In 2010, $14-million was spent on a redesign, with the removal of a flower stand on the southwest corner, all monuments refurbished, new street furniture added and a lighting scheme which has greatly improved the look of the square after dark. As a nod to the fact that it was once a cemetery, small crosses have been embedded in the walkways. In addition, some lights are pointed to shine on the foliage of the many trees, allowing for an interesting nocturnal green glow in the summer. A planned renovation of Place du Canada has begun with renovations to the John A. Macdonald monument and the Cenotaph. A further renovation of Dorchester Square Street (including the bus/taxi parking area, subterranean garage entrance and exit and the kiosk) is planned, and it is possible that the square may be expanded with Dorchester Square Street converted for pedestrian use.
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  • I like Dorchester Square, mainly because of Robert Burns Memorial in the park. Burns (1759-1796) was a Scottish poet, one of the pioneers of the romance stream in arts, and he is regarded in Scotland....  more »
  • My wife and I stopped off in the area whilst touring East Canada and enjoyed the visit. A really nice statue of Robbie Burns takes pride of place within the square near where we stayed. Nicely...  more »
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  • It's more of a rectangle than it is a square. I'm not hating. Just keeping it real.
  • This park is located around everything.. bars.. restaurants.. hotels.. etc... it's right in the heart of downtown area(st Catherine downtown area).. i suggest checking it out at least once as u will get a look at montreal's downtown at the same time! Theres paid parking around or u can easily access it through public transportation

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