Les amis de la montagne's position on the Stratégie Centre-Ville


On November 8, Les amis de la montagne presented a brief at the public consultation on the Stratégie centre-ville organised by the Office de consultation publique de Montréal (l’OCPM)

Presented by the City of Montréal, the Stratégie centre-ville is a 15-year plan which proposes a vision and strategic directions for the heart of Montreal, namely to densify the downtown sector and making it an eminently liveable place. The strategy has two main focuses: investing in public and active transportation, and enhancing the relationship between the St. Lawrence River and the downtown area.

In its brief entitled Entre fleuve et montagne, un centre-ville, Les amis de la montagne points out that the Stratégie centre-ville makes no reference to Mount Royal as an important element to enhance. However, Mount Royal Park and St. Lawrence River are hallmarks of Montreal’s identity, and both contributing to the city’s attractiveness and its reputation. After the Old Port of Montréal, Mount Royal is the city’s second most popular tourist destination, with more than 5 million visitors annually.

Les amis de la montagne sees this strategy as an opportunity to strengthen the ties between the mountain, the city centre and the river, for the benefit of all.

Organised under three broad themes, Les amis’ brief presents the essential factors that would ensure that Mount Royal takes its full place within the Stratégie centre-ville:

  • The mountain-river link: an indivisible link, a landmark axis
  • The Mount Royal: an iconic landmark
  • The repurposing of key institutional buildings and sites along Pine Avenue and Cedar Avenue: a unique opportunity to strengthen the interface between Mount Royal and the downtown area

To learn more about Les amis’ position on the Stratégie centre-ville, read our brief Entre fleuve et montagne, un centre-ville.

Learn more about the public consultation on the Stratégie centre-ville on the OCPM website.

Photo : Jean-Claude Charron