Bonaventure Legacy
a redesigned entrance to the city

In a few words, here are the components of the Bonaventure project: A redesigned entrance to the city, the demolition of a raised highway, an urban fabric rewoven, new public space and works of public art.
Bonaventure project

A new face for one of the major entryways to downtown

This new urban boulevard, named Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, links the Bonaventure Expressway and downtown Montréal. It is noteworthy for its aesthetics and the quality of its facilities, and has rewoven the urban fabric between two neighbourhoods that were once isolated from each other. Pedestrians can now enjoy walking in a safe environment along this public space that features more than 300 trees.

  • Demolition of more than 850 m of a raised highway built downtown, which had a major environmental impact in terms of creating shadow, dust and noise
  • Improving residents’ quality of life by creating 24,000 m2 of public green space that includes urban street furniture, a dog park, ping-pong tables, an exercise area, a play area for kids and two monumental works of art
  • Support for real estate development and downtown’s economic vitality
  • Implementing reserved lanes so that thousands of buses could be routed out of neighbouring areas
  • Developing wide sidewalks
  • Revealing beautiful views of downtown and the port facilities

This major operation has renewed one of the biggest entrances to downtown by making it user-friendly, functional and prestigious.

Two monumental works of public art

Source by Jaume Plensa

By creating Source for Montréal’s 375th anniversary, Jaume Plensa wanted to honour the importance of water in the city’s history, both for trade and for immigration and communications in building Montréal. The work also represents the roots of the city’s energy and vitality: its inhabitants and their diverse origins, the fluidity and creativity of ideas and the cycles of movement and renewal. Source is also an emblem of Montréal’s history and its roots with indigenous peoples.

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Dendrites by Michel de Broin

The work is composed of two climbable structures that are evocative of the shafts of large trees. With their cantilever branches, the sculpture invites viewers to inhabit the landscape. The experience of ascension evokes flight while emphasizing the relationship of scale between the work and the body of the user. Its title is taken from the Greek root dendron which means “of trees.”

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An award-winning project!

The quality of the Bonaventure project has been unanimously recognized, both in Canada and internationally, which has earned it a number of prestigious awards.

2018 Elixir Award

Project Management Institute (PMI) Montréal

The Elixir Award recognizes excellence in project management in Québec through quality relationships and interfaces developed with partner organizations, drivers, public transportation users and area residents.

2018 Award of Excellence in Urban Planning – « Urban Design » category

Canadian Urban Planning Institute

This award recognizes the quality of urban developments and design for outdoor public spaces. It also recognizes projects that help to improve quality of life by taking urban fabric, multi-purpose spaces, support for alternative modes of transportation and sustainable development into account.

2018 Grand Prize of Excellence in Transportation – « Infrastructures » category

Association québécoise des transports (AQTr)

This award recognizes the excellence of consistent, original and reproduceable transportation infrastructure projects that stand out due to their technical achievements and integration of innovation, as well as the consistency between planning and implementation, and whose impacts were taken into account with a view to sustainable development.

Sustainable Urban Transportation Award

Canadian Transportation Association (CTA)

This award recognizes the exemplary contribution of a project to the development, improvement and promotion of sustainable urban transportation projects that promote environmentally-efficient cities and contribute to a better quality of life for residents.

Jury’s Honourable Mention, « Major Urban Development Project » – INOVA Award

Institut de développement urbain du Québec (IDU)

The INOVA awards recognize projects according to criteria such as the quality of design, integration into the environment and consideration for sustainable development.

2018 Downtown Achievement Award – Pinnacle Award – « Public Space » category

International Downtown Association (IDA)

This award recognizes urban design, mobility and economic vitality projects that have improved downtown. The Pinnacle Award is the IDA’s highest distinction.

SITES certification

Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)

The Bonaventure project received the very first SITES certification in Canada. This certification recognizes the efforts made throughout the project with respect to sustainable urban development, sustainable construction methods, functional development and positive benefits, to the sector, both socially and environmentally:

  • Reducing water demand
  • Filtering and reducing storm water runoff from sewers
  • Reducing energy consumption
  • Improving air quality and human health in general
  • Increasing outdoor recreational opportunities

Did you know?

  • 47,000 tonnes of concrete were removed from this former heat island, as part of the demolition of the expressway
  • 300 trees will be planted and several planting beds will enhance the area
  • One play area will be available for kids
  • Two permanent tennis tables have been installed
  • One exercise area has been made available to the public to enjoy outdoor workouts
  • Lounge chairs and picnic tables are available for relaxing

Do you know the history of the Bonaventure site ?  [PDF - In French]

This project is receiving financial support from the Ville de Montréal and the Government of Quebec.
Investment by the city: $ 103.6 m
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Photos : Ville de Montréal et David Giral