Committed to its quality of life, the borough of Outremont protects its green spaces, its flowered alleys and its tree-lined streets as much as it takes care to preserve the aesthetics and the architectural identity of the neighbourhood's chic homes. Quebec families, French expatriates and Hasidic Jews mix and mingle in the parks, on the commercial streets and in the many activities of the neighbourhood.
During the day, the terraces of Bernard Avenue come alive in front of the Outremont theater, an emblem of the neighbourhood and a historical monument (built in 1928) where Louise Forestier, Félix Leclerc, Diane Dufresne and other artists from here and elsewhere have performed. Cafés, restaurants, grocery stores, newsstands, bookstores... attract regulars and create a sense of belonging to this municipality founded in 1875 and now a borough of the City of Montreal.
It is not uncommon for parents to linger or buy a coffee as they pass by, after dropping their children off at Stanislas private school and another private or public school in the neighbourhood. The line-up in front of the ice cream shop or one of the many bakeries in the neighbourhood will be more likely to be at the end of classes. Others may prefer to head to the parks for the children's games, water fountains, sports fields or to lie down on the lawn. Residents, shopkeepers, teachers, entrepreneurs, artists... share this taste for these green or snowy spaces, which dot the residential area, with its fountains (Outremont Park), its small stone bridges (Pratt Park), its waterway (St-Viateur Park), its hill (Beaubien Park) and all the attractions for summer or winter leisure activities (slide, outdoor skating rink, soccer field...).
THE CHOICE OF QUALITY OF LIFE
Victorian architecture, typical balcony columns, traditional stone facades, private and open gardens... blend harmoniously from one street to the next, with a concern for enjoying an upscale and quiet environment. Culture and the arts are no less alive... Every year, it's a rendez-vous! The population is invited to meet the artists of the neighbourhood at the Au Parc les artistes exhibition, to discover performances at the new Place Marcelle-Ferron, or at the Galerie d'art d'Outremont. This is a distinctive feature of Outremont: the concentration of resident artists per capita, in a neighborhood of more than 25,000 inhabitants!
KNOWLEDGE AND CULTURE
Families are not left out. Behind the large - and colorful - windows of the Centre Intergénérationnel Intercommunautaire (CIC), everyone can give free rein to their sporting or artistic passions (dance, figure skating, karate, music...). The vast recreation center is home to the Outremont Dance Academy, the Les Casteliers puppet center, the Pantonal Music Study Center, the Figure Skating Club, as well as tennis and soccer clubs, among others.
Behind the CIC, it's not just the sunset that catches the eye at the end of the day. The colors of the sky are reflected on all the blue facades of the University of Montreal's science complex on Thérèse Lavoie Roux Avenue. The 6-storey complex, with 190 research laboratories, is a real pole of attraction for researchers and students around the world. A pedestrian bridge, called "the blue promenade", spans the Canadian Pacific railroad tracks and provides access to the Parc Extension and Town of Mount Royal neighbourhoods.
TERRACES AND BOUTIQUES
At the other end of the district, towards Mount Royal, Laurier Street invites you to window-shop with its high-end boutiques, as well as to be creative and convivial. 200 merchants on 1000 meters, that gives you an idea! For the effervescent side of the neighbourhood, you can also keep an eye out for the many restaurants that attract lovers of good food and the wide range of activities offered to the whole family. Located between Saint-Laurent Boulevard and Côte Ste-Catherine Road, Laurier Street West promotes refinement and the pleasure of living. The terraces have finally taken over the outdoor space and the sidewalks have widened at the same time. Starred restaurants are the delight of professionals who, in fifteen minutes by car or thirty by bicycle, go from downtown to a space that is both familiar and elegant, revealing the talents of independent restaurateurs. The neighbourhood is still bordered by Hutchison Street, where a large Hasidic Jewish community is concentrated, as well as in the adjacent streets. Families of French origin are also numerous in the houses and condos near the schools. A borough to discover... for the quality of life above all!
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