The Stations

Saint-Michel

Overview

Saint-Michel is the eastern terminus of the Blue Line of the Montreal Metro.

It was named in honour of Boulevard Saint-Michel, which itself was named in honour of the Saint-Michel neighborhood in which both the boulevard and station are located.

The station has two entrances, at 7270 Saint-Michel and 7325 Saint-Michel. Both entrances are showing signs of the station, which are a mix of brown bricks with glass bricks. When you enter through the Eastern one (7325), you mean take the stairs or the escalators and they will lead you right to the turnstiles. No long walk underneath to reach them! Once past the turnstiles, you take another set of stairs or escalators to reach the platforms, but while on them you can admire the brown brick walls which shape the station and which have a mix of straight and curved parts. At the bottom you will be ready to take the steps that lead to the Snowdon platform, while the overpass where passengers get out is parallel to the escalators. The stairs to reach the platforms are beautifully realized in one of the curvy parts of the station.

The platforms consist again of a mixture of brown bricks and glass bricks on the walls, with the central section of each one being the exception with some lighter gray tones.


Unique Features

This is the only station which has platforms of 102 metres instead of 152 like all other stations. To be more specific, this station has room for 6 cars while others have room for 9. This is at the time of writing, which is 2021, but will most likely be changed soon enough for two reasons. The first one is that the Blue Line will expand to the East in the coming years and therefore it would be logical to extend the station at the same time the line is extended. The second reason is that the Azur trains are not able to split into sets of 3, 6 or 9 cars and therefore, as the plan of the STM is to have Azur trains all over the network when the MR-73 are retired, this will definitely need to be addressed.

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Station Facts 

  • Opening Date: June 16, 1986
  • Line: 5
  • Previous Station: d'Iberville
  • Entrances: 2

Public Artwork

On the platforms, there are glass bricks painted by Marcelin Cardinal, Charles Lemay, Lauréat Marois and Normand Moffat. The glass bricks were used to represent the Saint-Michel neighbourhood, which also uses them.


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Parc

Overview

Parc is a station on the Blue Line of the Montreal Metro.

It received its name from Avenue du Parc.

The station has only one entrance, which is at 7245 Hutchison Street, the historical Park Avenue Station for trains of the Canadian Pacific Railway from 1931 to 1984. It is a beautiful building that kept its beauty over the years even after being abandoned between its functions as a train station to the current one as a metro station. It is made in the art deco style and its four pillars in the front give a look like it would be an official residence or host to an important institution.

Once you enter the mezzanine, you quickly realize how vast it is. The ceiling is very high and there is a lot of room for passengers to move which makes it very practical. The escalators and stairs lead to the fare control zone which is more modern. Once you pass the turnstiles, you see a frieze on the wall, which will be a theme all over the station including the platforms. Another nice aspect of the platform is the beauty of the overpass which has barriers that are much higher than other stations, yet it is very practical as it makes it impossible to accidentally fall on the track. Passengers can still look at ongoing trains through the four windows in the shape of circles.


Unique Features

This station is one of the few that are also an Exo commuter rail station.

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Station Facts 

  • Opening Date: June 15, 1987 (Metro) & 1931 (as Park Avenue train station)
  • Line: 5
  • Previous Station: Acadie
  • Following Station:  De Castelnau
  • Entrances: 1

Public Artwork

Suspended in the light shaft at the ceiling of the mezzanine is a work of art by Claire Sarrasin named "Métamorphose d'Icare". It is a sculpture that has the shape of a wing and is surrounded by mirrors, which gives the impression that there are multiple wings. It can also look like a flower or a butterfly.

There is also a frieze by Huguette Desjardins that goes throughout the station. Made with triangular folds, it can give the impression of having different colors depending on the angle you look from.


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Acadie

Overview

Acadie is a station on the Blue Line of the Montreal Metro.

It got its name from Boulevard de l'Acadie, which was named to commemorate the Expulsion of the Acadians.

The station has two entrances, 6900 Boulevard de l'Acadie and 999 Beaumont. Both entrances have characteristics that are often seen on the Blue line stations, which are classic styles mixed with originality. The colours are a mix of grey and brown which produced a beautiful result and added with diagonal shapes of the walls, the overall result is very artistic. Even the entry doors are placed diagonally, and the fact that the higher part of the station continues further than the lower part adds an element of design which results in passengers walking under the higher part to enter, which is also practical when it rains as it gives passengers time to open umbrellas without being covered by rain first.

Once you enter, you will find that even the escalators and stairs are placed diagonally, which creates a nice theme. On the walls, you can see beautiful black and matte granite squares. Once you are at the bottom of the first set of stairs, you see that some red colour is integrated into the matte floor. After taking the second set of escalators or stairs, you reached the turnstiles that are immediately to the right. You can also see that here it's blue that is integrated with the matte floor. Once you pass the turnstiles, you can quickly reach some small set of stairs that reach the platforms at a diagonal angle which gives you a beautiful view. The walls also have black and matte granite squares with the addition of blue ceramic making a diagonal line throughout the walls, which can also combine as a backrest where there are seats. The view from the platform also consists of seeing the overpass which is again beautifully designed in a diagonal shape.

Point of interest Place l'Acadie-Beaumont shopping centre, but passengers can also use the 100 bus to reach Centre Rockland, which is a major shopping centre in Montreal.


Unique Features

The diagonal shapes give this station a unique look. Also, this station was featured in the 2000 film Maelstrom, by Denis Villeneuve.

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Station Facts 

  • Opening Date: March 28, 1988
  • Line: 5
  • Previous Station: Outremont
  • Following Station: Parc
  • Entrances: 2

Public Artwork

Météore Design created a bench which is combined with a clock and called "Lieu de rendez-vous". It is an art deco style and is located in the mezzanine.


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Université-de-Montréal

Overview

Université de Montréal is a station on the Blue line of the Montreal Metro.

It was named in honour of the university of the same name, under which the station is located. This is a major university that also includes Polytechnique Montreal and HEC Montreal.

This station has three entrances: 2830 Édouard-Montpetit, 5400 Louis-Colin and 2810 Édouard-Montpetit. The one on 2830 Édouard-Montpetit, which is the main one, is one of the most beautiful entrances of the network, being integrated into a mountain. The front consists mostly of windows, which is beautiful in daylight and magic at night with the impact of the indoor lights.

The inside of the station is done in beautiful brown bricks, which are everywhere inside. The turnstiles area is also very attractive as it has some natural light from the exterior.

The platforms are quite sobre with only the brown bricks being on the walls, yet it is far from boring to look at as not only are they beautiful, the architecture of the station is made so beautifully, from the stairs to the overpass to the ceiling, that this station is always fun to be at.

In addition to the University, another point of interest is the Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine, one of the biggest pediatric hospitals in North America.


Unique Features

If you enter through the Louis-Colin entrance, you will reach the station through a corridor over the platforms, which is unique in the network.

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Station Facts 

  • Opening Date: January 4, 1988
  • Line: 5
  • Previous Station: Côte-des-Neiges
  • Following Station: Édouard-Montpetit
  • Entrances: 3

Public Artwork

André Léonard made two murals made of terra-cota blocks. The main one, over the tracks and platforms, represents the four classic elements of the universe (air, water, fire, earth). The other one is in the Louis-Colin corridor and it consists of arrows pointing to the exit.


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Côte-des-Neiges

Overview

Côte-des-Neiges is a station on the Blue line of the Montreal Metro.

It was named in honour of Côte-des-Neiges Road, which is where its two entrances are located, one in front of the other, on 5316 and 5351 Côte-des-Neiges Road. The western entrance is the main one, and the building is very sober and elegant, with its brownish colours giving the impression it could be a funeral home. Once you enter, you go through an escalator that will bring you to the concourse. There, you will find the ticket barriers and once you pass them, you can go straight to a mini set of stairs in the middle of the way that will bring you to the Saint-Michel platform or walk on the side of it, which is the overpass to go on the Snowdon platform. The eastern entrance is integrated into a National Bank building and joins the concourse via a corridor.

The platforms are really beautiful, they are modern and low-key, giving them a classy look in dark grey granite.

Points of interest include the Saint-Joseph's Oratory, which is approximately mid-way between Snowdon and Côte-des-Neiges, as well as the Notre Dame des Neiges cemetery, the Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine, the Jewish General Hospital and the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf.


Unique Features

This is one of the rare stations where there isn't an escalator between the ticket barriers and the platforms.

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Station Facts 

  • Opening Date: January 4, 1988
  • Line: 5
  • Previous Station: Snowdon
  • Following Station: Université-de-Montréal
  • Entrances: 2

Public Artwork

There are stained-glass murals by Claude Bettinger in the main entrance. It consists of coloured stripes coming down vertically and then diagonally, which represents individuals' life courses which meet others or split over time.


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Édouard-Montpetit

Overview

Édouard-Montpetit is a station on the Blue line of the Montreal Metro.

The station's original name was supposed to be Vincent d'Indy because a music school of the same name is located near the station, but before its opening, the named was changed to Édouard-Montpetit in honour of Édouard-Montpetit Boulevard, under which the station is located. That boulevard got its name in honour of lawyer Edouard Montpetit.

The station has three entrances: 2030 Édouard-Montpetit, 2040 Édouard-Montpetit, and 80 Vincent-d'Indy. They are all shaped in original forms. The one on Vincent-d'Indy is in the shape of a teardrop, which makes it particularly attractive and unique. Another trait the entrances share is the fact that they are relatively small compared to other stations' entrances, as the mezzanine hosts basically only stairs that lead to the underground station. Their exterior, like all the interior, is adorn of red color. Some of the interior even has pink. Those colors were selected when the station was expected to be called Vincent-d'Indy, because they represented the smoothness of music composed by Vincent d'Indy. When the name was changed, the design stayed.

Due to some entrances being remote, the road to the station itself may be longer than most stations, but nobody will complain because the architecture and colors make you want to be there. The red and pink, mixed with white and grey in a modern yet classic design results in one of the most beautiful stations of the whole network. There are also lights both on the ceiling and on the walls that are covered by beautiful round lampshades that add to the beauty of the journey to reaching the station. Once you reach the turnstiles, you go down on an escalator which quickly leads to the platforms. In a concept similar to Côte-des-Neiges, you have the stairs for the Saint-Michel platform on both sides, while the middle lane is the overpass to the Snowdon platform.

The platform's main attraction is the benches, with their bright red continuing below by forming vertical stripes that curve on top to go over the head of passengers. They have a way to bring light to the mind, and can easily awaken students of both the Vincent-d'Indy music school and the nearby Université de Montréal after a hard school day.

Although this station, like many of those on the Blue line, may be one of the lesser known to the general public, it wasn't necessarily the plan, as it was originally planned as a transfer station between the Blue line and a future line that was never built, nor advertised. And even though it took more than 35 years, it may finally become a transfer station in the future as the REM has a station planned there.


Unique Features

The red benches are quite unique. However, it may get even more unique in the future by being a transfer station with the REM, and also, since the REM platforms will be lower, it is expected to become the second deepest station in North America.

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Station Facts 

  • Opening Date: January 4, 1988
  • Line: 5
  • Previous Station: Université de Montréal
  • Following Station: Outremont
  • Entrances: 3

Public Artwork

Although no official artwork is in the station, we need to highlight the work of architect Patrice Gauthier as a whole as the entire station deserves to be considered as a work of art by itself.

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Snowdon

Overview

Snowdon is one of the four transfer stations of the Montreal Metro, serving both the Orange and Blue lines.

It was named in honor of the Snowdon neighbourhood, which also happens to host three more stations (Côté Sainte-Catherine, Côte-des-Neiges and Villa-Maria).

The station has only one entrance, on 5111 Queen-Mary Road. It has a beautiful design, and it is part of an office building of the STM. Having four storeys, the two higher levels are longer than the second level, who is longer than the first. That means you walk under the higher levels to enter the station. Once in, there are quick stairs that lead to the ticket booth and turnstiles, followed by escalators who give an awesome view of the lights suspended from the ceiling who are put on circles that do a nice pattern.

Once you are at the bottom of the stairs, you reach the central tunnel, as the station was built in three tunnels, the central one for the passengers to walk to their destinations and go up and down the different platforms, while the two other tunnels are the tracks and platforms. The tunnels are connected to each other via cross-tunnels.

The upper level has the terminus platform of the Blue line, called the Snowdon platform, and on the other side is the Côte Vertu platform on the Orange line. On both sides, train doors open on the left. On the lower levels, trains go in the opposite direction and doors open on the right.

The colors of the station are mainly in tones of brown.

The main point of interest is Saint Joseph's Oratory, which is approximately mid-way between Snowdon and Côte-des-Neiges stations. There is also the Décarie autoroute which passes just next to the Snowdon station.


Unique Features

While this section is usually one of the hardest to fill on most stations, this one won't be hard to fill. First of all, since the platforms are built in individual tunnels, they have unique shapes of half circles. Also, the way the cross-tunnels are built, you can wait for your train in them and get a much grandiose view which is quite unique in the network. Since the upper platform doors open on the left, that is also quite unique.

Another unique feature of the station are the maps that are used in the station are different shapes than the rest of the maps in the network (Snowdon is more square while others are more rectangular). They are put on some cubic boxes with lights inside. Some old school metrophiles enjoyed the fact that it stayed many years with older maps, which included old stations names (like Berri-de-Montigny instead of Berri-UQAM) and still had Henri-Bourassa as terminus of the orange line. Snowdon is also the only station of the network to have been terminus of two lines, as it was the western terminus of the orange line in 1981. Finally, Snowdon is the only terminus station of the network that has stacked platforms.

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Station Facts 

  • Opening Date: September 7 1981 (Line 2) & January 4 1988 (Line 5)
  • Line: 2 & 5
  • Previous Station: Côte-Sainte-Catherine (Line 2)
  • Following Station: Villa-Maria (Line 2) & Côte-des-Neiges (Line 5)
  • Entrances: 1

Public Artwork

The station's main artwork are wall murals by Claude Guité, which are situated on the walls that passengers look at while waiting for their train (the wall behind which trains passed by). Those murals represent each season, and they are spring (Montmorency platform), summer (Saint-Michel), autumn (Snowdon) and winter (Côté Vertu).

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Outremont

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Fabre

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D'Iberville

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Jean-Talon

Overview

Jean-Talon is one of the four transfer stations of the Montreal Metro, serving both the Orange and Blue lines.

It was named in honour of Jean-Talon street, which was named in honour of Jean Talon, who was intendant of New France.

The station has four entrances, 7100 Berri, 430 Jean-Talon East, 522 Jean-Talon East, and a fully automated entrance on 780 Jean-Talon East. The entrances are all nice and attractive, each being indépendant looking than the others. Having been built in different eras, they constitute a good mix of materials and colors, and each one has its own charm.

The Orange line was originally the only one at this station, and its side platforms are the highest. Their design is relatively modest, with the majority of the walls and floor being in tones of grey. The floor around the sections which lead to the Blue line are orange as a way of showing those who arrive that this is the Orange line platform. Since the Blue line service ends earlier, there are grills that can be closed when it's not in service.

In order to link the Orange line and Blue line platforms, large volumes were built on both sides of the station. They are beautiful, with orange and blue flooring and greyish walls. Directional panels are suspended from the ceiling, and are also in orange and blue, with their look similar to those at Snowdon, although there they are installed on the walls instead of from the ceiling. Also on these volumes you can see some chazy limestone, which is the rock from which the station was built.

In order not to close the Orange line when the Blue line was built, the Blue line was built with stacked platforms. The Snowdon platform is the upper one. Trains on this platform have doors opening on the left. The highlight of this platform is a wall mural by Judith Bricault Klein that represents the transfer between the two lines. The Saint-Michel platform is lower and despite having a blue floor and blue seats (like the Snowdon platform), the walls are more in tones of grey and brown.

Points of interest include Plaza Saint-Hubert, which is a group of stores and restaurants grouped together, and also Jean-Talon market, Little Italy, as well as Tour Jean-Talon, which is an office tower from which an entry of the station is integrated.


Unique Features

One unique feature is the stacked platforms on the Blue line which also result in trains on Snowdon platforms having doors open on the left. It is also the only station in the network that was built as a single-line station and was changed into a transfer station.

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Station Facts 

  • Opening Date: October 14, 1966 (Line 2) & June 16, 1986 (Line 5)
  • Line: 2 & 5
  • Previous Station: Beaubien (Line 2) & de Castelnau (Line 5)
  • Following Station: Jarry (Line 2) & Fabre (Line 5)
  • Entrances: 4

Public Artwork

One of the most beautiful artwork in all the network is Judith Bricault Klein's enamelled steel mural of 256 panels. Another great piece of art is Gilbert Sauvé's mural on both of the Blue line platforms, which are blue arrows combined with orange circles on concrete which indicate the direction the trains are going.

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