St. Louis Square, Montreal

Most recently I have been in Montreal, shuttling between the MUHC hospital in the Glen and Villa Medica, a Rehabilitation Centre near St. Denis Street.  I found my moments of respite the walk from the Metro Station over to Sherbrooke Street, and by the park at the end of Prince Arthur Street.

The square is on a site originally designated for the City’s reservoir. By the time the city was ready to build, the population had grown and the area reserved was too small.  Instead in 1879, the land was transformed to a park.  The park  is named for two brothers, prominent businessmen with the sir name St-Louis.

The streets around the Square quickly became the place to live.   In more recent history Montreal’s artistic community- writers, poets musicians, actors, filmmakers and artists have found this tranquil urban Square and have called this area home.


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