Montréal is currently in the final phase of developing the Bonaventure legacy! This urban boulevard, which was designed after the raised Bonaventure Expressway was demolished in order to meet the specific needs of the area, is re-weaving the urban fabric between two neighbourhoods. It’s an urban transformation in honour of Montréal’s 375th anniversary.
The Bonaventure city entrance gets a new look
Between Rue Notre-Dame and Rue Wellington, workers and residents will enjoy new, greener and safer public spaces, with areas where people can sit down and take a break. Families and day-care centres can also enjoy the two new safe and colourful playgrounds that were built for the increasing number of kids in the area.
A Montréal welcome with public art
Two prestigious works of public art created by renowned artists will welcome people to the island of Montréal (and downtown. Patrons André and France Chrétien Desmarais generously loaned the monumental work Source by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa to the city. Dendrites by Montréal artist Michel de Broin, the result of a pan-Canadian public art contest, will be placed at the northern threshold of the Bonaventure legacy. These two major works will give a distinctive signature to the entrance to the city.
Join us to celebrate the inauguration of the entrance to the city!
Montréal invites you to the inauguration of the Bonaventure legacy from September 6 to 9, 2017. To celebrate this new entrance to the city, four noontime celebrations will be organized in the public spaces that replaced the raised expressway. Stay tuned for the inaugural program.
At the departure point
The stretch of the Bonaventure Expressway between Rue de la Commune and Rue Notre-Dame, where the rapids end, belonged to the city until its demolition in 2016. Instead of investing to prolong the useful life of the raised structure, which was build in 1966, the city chose to replace it with a ground-level urban boulevard.