Montréal is an amazing city that draws its strength and vitality from its many different neighbourhoods and their unique and varied identities. Local life isn’t limited to the major thoroughfares — more and more activities are taking place in smaller, more intimate streets.
The City of Montréal established its program for pedestrian and shared-use streets in response to this trend. This dynamically evolving project offers new local urban experiences to neighbourhood residents and visitors alike. The goal is to encourage people to explore the city on foot and meet with fellow city residents along the way, while also giving local business a boost.
Since the program started in 2015, over a dozen streets have been redesigned to better meet the needs of pedestrians and neighbourhood life. These streets join Montréal’s growing pedestrian network, with some 40 main routes that have been temporarily or permanently converted to pedestrian use.
Want to explore the heart of the city from a pedestrian perspective? Enjoy a delicious cup of coffee on Castelnau Street and its colourful sidewalks, sample Québec products at the seasonal market on Laurier Avenue, or discover the many wonders of Verdun as you explore Place Wellington. And if you’re really curious for more, three new streets will be switching to pedestrian use this year: Gilford Way, Decelles Street (shared use), and Place Masson.
On your mark, get set... walk!