Located in the borough of Ville-Marie, the district is situated on the southernmost slope of Mount Royal and is approximately bordered by Sherbrooke Street to the north, Saint Hubert Street to the east, Guy Street (or until Shaughnessy Village) to the west, and the Ville-Marie Expressway to the south.
The downtown region houses many corporate headquarters as well a large majority of the city’s skyscrapers — which, by law, cannot be greater in height than Mount Royal in order to preserve the aesthetic predominance and intimidation factor of the mountain. The two tallest of these are the 1000 de La Gauchetière and 1250 René-Lévesque, both of which were built in 1992. The Tour de la Bourse is also a significant high-rise and is home to the Montreal Exchange that trades in derivatives. The Montreal Exchange was originally a stock exchange and was the first in Canada. In 1999, all stock trades were transferred to Toronto in exchange for an exclusivity in the derivative trading market.
Place Ville-Marie, an I. M. Pei-designed cruciform office tower built in 1962, sits atop an underground shopping mall that forms the nexus of Montreal’s underground city, the world’s largest, with indoor access to over 1,600 shops, restaurants, offices, businesses, museums and universities, as well as metro stations, train stations, bus terminals, and tunnels extending all over downtown. The central axis for downtown is Saint Catherine Street, Canada’s busiest commercial avenue. The area includes high end retail such as the Holt Renfrew and Ogilvy department stores as well as Les Cours Mont-Royal shopping centre. Other major streets include Sherbrooke Street, Peel, de la Montagne, de Maisonneuve and Crescent.
The skyline may be observed from one of two lookouts on Mount Royal. The lookout at the Belvedere takes in downtown, the river, and the Monteregian Hills. On clear days the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York are visible, as are the Green Mountains of Vermont. The eastern lookout has a view of The Plateau neighbourhood, Olympic Stadium and beyond.
Downtown Montreal is also home to the main campuses of McGill University and UQAM and the Sir George Williams campus of Concordia University
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Here is a list of attractions you will be near when you purchase your new condo!
- Bell Centre – home of the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club (1KM)
- Just For Laughs Museum (4KM)
- La Ronde 6 Flags Amusement Park (5KM)
- Legends of the Forum (1KM)
- McCord Museum of Canadian History (4KM)
- McGill University (3KM)
- Montreal Botanical Garden (5KM)
- Montreal Convention Centre/Le Palais de Congres (Across the street)
- Montréal Planétarium (2KM)
- Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2KM)
- Notre Dame Basilica (Across the street)
- Opéra de Montréal Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal (1KM)
- Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (1KM)
- Place des Arts (1KM)
- Redpath Museum, McGill University (4KM)
- The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (4KM)
- Thétre du Nouveau Monde (2KM)
- Victoria Square (.5KM)
- Old Port of Montreal (.5KM)
- ISCI Centre (.5KM)
- Marché Bonsecours (.5KM)
- Mount Royal (4KM)