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Place du Canada, Montreal

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#22 of 39 in Parks in Montreal
Place du Canada is a large urban square in downtown Montreal.OverviewAt 14000m2 it is slightly larger than the adjacent Dorchester Square, with a more varied topography due to a downward slope towards De la Gauchetière Street. Place du Canada also differs from Dorchester Square in having manicured, though densely packed, pockets of flora arranged to impede direct lines of sight and diffuse pedestrian traffic. The French term place can roughly be translated as denoting a plaza, which has a different legal definition from squares or parks in Montreal. It is open twenty-four hours per day and is bordered by René Lévesque Boulevard to the North, Peel to the East, De la Cathédrale to the West and De la Gauchetière Street to the South.HistoryPlace du Canada was developed along with the present Dorchester Square between 1872 and 1876 and was formally inaugurated that year as Dominion Square. It quickly developed into a prestige address and major transportation hub, with streetcars, cabs, carriages (and by 1889) the Canadian Pacific Railway's Windsor Station at the southwest corner of the plaza. What had once been an informal meeting place and common green would be formalized as a pedestrian traffic corridor, linking the estates and middle class suburbs to the west and northwest with the commercial sector moving up the hill from the southeast. As an urban square, it satisfied two goals; first to provide a method of diffusing transit nodes, and second as an open manicured natural environment to provide rest, recreation and a healthy respite from the cramped industrial and business core immediately south of the area.
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  • Walked through here a few times yesterday, as the hotel we are staying in overlooks it. Some great statues. The place is kept immaculate, with no rubbish at all. A true oasis of green, in the middle.....  more »
  • In the middle of downtown Montreal there is the Place du Canada, a delightful little park in the middle of the city, we met a man walking his ferret while spending a bit of time here.  more »
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  • Cool place, I once saw a white squirrel there which is not quite common
  • Sun Life Bells music at 5 pm, sit on a bench and enjoy the classical music chimes

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