Rue Sainte-Catherine

Sous le ciel
© Stéphan Poulin

Phase 3

Rue Sainte-Catherine is one of North America’s most famous commercial thoroughfares. It is often closed to traffic where it passes through Quartier des Spectacles when it is being used for festivals and performances.

The reconfiguration of rue Sainte-Catherine creates a unique pedestrian space in Montréal — capacious enough to hold enormous crowds — with no sidewalks or physical demarcation between driving and walking areas, and the positioning of its street furniture.

In addition to serving the needs of festivals in their seasons, the innovative design makes a strong statement about the area’s distinct character. This configuration is found nowhere else in Montréal, signalling to drivers and pedestrians that they have entered the Quartier des Spectacles.

Work on rue Sainte-Catherine was essentially completed in 2011.

Planning Concept

  • Levelling of surface infrastructures between rue De Bleury and rue Saint-Dominique, so that pedestrian areas are distinguished from the street only by removable bollards.
  • Streets lined by mature trees.
  • Rationalization (position, function, etc.) of street furniture..
  • Installation of concrete pavement.
  • New street drainage technology..
  • Renovation of the underground infrastructure.


Architecture and urban design: Daoust Lestage Inc.
Engineering: SM/Genivar Consortium

Rue animée
© Stéphan Poulin

Technical Description

La rue Sainte-Catherine

  • Length of redeveloped section: 542 m
  • Roadway redone in Stanstead Gray and Cambrian Black interlocking concrete pavement
  • Sidewalks redone in Stanstead Gray and Cambrian Black concrete pavement:
    • Minimum width of 3 m on north section
    • Minimum width of 4.2 m on south portion
  • 172 bollards amovibles, faits d’acier inoxydable, délimitent la chaussée par rapport aux trottoirs.

Urban Forest

  • 56 planted trees:
    • 56 ulmus “Frontier” elms on Sainte Catherine