Operations and Beautification



– Creation of urban oases and temporary parks –


One of Old Montreal’s main advantages is no doubt the fact that it’s very easy to walk its entire length from east to west. Evidently, all you need is a good pair of shoes to find out that virtually the entire quarter is within a one-kilometre radius. In fact, tourists to and residents of Montreal seem to appreciate being able to spend a nice summer day strolling through at some remove from the frantic pace of the city uptown. SDC Vieux-Montréal has therefore installed a number of urban oases to allow residents and visitors to enjoy the quarter’s beauty and serenity when the weather’s good.

As there are so many architectural wonders to be admired in Old Montreal and because it radiates such a vacation-type feeling in the summertime, it seemed logical for the SDC to set up a number of relaxation zones enabling pedestrians—locals and tourists alike—to take a moment for themselves once in awhile. As a result, the corporation set up two new urban oases in the summer of 2015, complete with benches and colourful plant arrangements. The first is on the Saint-Paul street side of Place Royale, and the second is right in front of the Centre d’histoire de Montréal (Montreal history centre) fronting on Place d’Youville. SDC is incidentally grateful to the history centre, to the Pointe-à-Callière museum and to the neighbourhood’s retailers for their great ideas and cooperation installing these facilities.



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For its part, the Faubourg des Récollets was recently graced with a new temporary park built at the Adélard Godbout power plant on the corner of Queen and Wellington. SDC could not have cleaned up the area and set up this welcoming retreat without the gracious cooperation of Hydro-Québec, which owns the property. Workers from the Cité du multimédia and the neighbourhood can now enjoy a little greenery and relax under the trees at lunchtime. The installation of flower pots and new picnic tables was a collaborative effort of the Ville-Marie borough’s crews, and Old Montreal’s new clean-up crew are handling the maintenance of the location. It should be noted that the ALLIED Properties group is among the project’s partners and that th company’s support was of great help in developing the idea of this new space, which can now be enjoyed by the neighbourhood’s business workers during the warmer months.



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Not to be outdone, McGill street was also embellished with urban decor features, enabling pedestrians to stop for a well-deserved break.


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– Summer flowers and winter lighting –



Continuing on the momentum of previous years, SDC Vieux-Montréal has initiated activities to dress up the quarter in seasonal attire. During the summer, for example, flowers have been added in arrangements, in pots or on lampposts in the quarters various neighbourhoods, notably Saint-Paul east, McGill and Notre-Dame streets. The SDC’s crews make sure the plants are well watered between June and October.



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In the wintertime, lighting features will be installed in several of the area’s neighbourhoods, primarily on St-Paul, St-Jacques, McGill, Notre-Dame west and Wellington streets, as well as Place d’Armes, Place Royale and Frères Charron park.



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©Kelly Jacob