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

This new urban boulevard, formerly a raised highway, is noteworthy for its aesthetics and the quality of its development. It has rewoven the urban fabric between two neighbourhoods that were once isolated. Pedestrians can now walk around freely in a safe environment in a series of public spaces with more than 300 trees.

This major operation has renewed one of the biggest entrances to downtown by making it user-friendly, functional and prestigious. The area will also feature two major public works of 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!

In May 2018, the Bonaventure Project earned the first SITES certification in Canada by developing sustainable, beautiful, functional, and regenerative landscapes.

SITES certification is administered by the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) in Washington, D.C.

SITES covers diverse projects ranging from national parks and gardens to streets, urban public spaces, and residential, commercial and institutional construction projects.

The criteria highlighted by the certification aim to:

  • reduce water demand;
  • filter and reduce storm water runoff from sewers;
  • reduce energy consumption;
  • improve air quality and human health in general;
  • increase outdoor recreational opportunities.

Furthurmore, let's note that in May, 2018, the Projet Bonaventure won the Canadian Institute of Planners’ Annual Award for Planning Excellence.

This prestigious award honors planning projects judged on their excellence, innovation, impact on the profession, implementation potential and overall presentation.


  • 47,000 tons 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
  • 1 play area will be available for kid
  • 2 permanent ping pong
  • 1 Trekfit space for training outdoors
  • Chaises longues for relaxing
  • Picnic tables for picnics

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 million
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Photos : Ville de Montréal et David Giral