Bonaventure is a station on the Orange line of the Montreal Metro, and its original Western terminus from its opening in 1966 until the extension that made several stations rotate as the terminus, from Place Saint-Henri in 1980 to Côte-Vertu, which is the terminus since 1986.
It was named in honour of Place Bonaventure, which is an office complex and hotel.
The station has two official entrances: 1166 de la Gauchetière West, and 955 de la Cathédrale. There are four more entrances through Place Bonaventure, Château Champlain, the 1000 de la Gauchetière complex, and the 1250 René-Lévesque West complex.
Due to it being in a busy downtown sector, which also includes the Montreal Central Station which is the terminus of the intercity trains, the entrances are all integrated into buildings. The one just in front of Windsor Station, the former train station that is now transformed into a food complex, is also stairs directly on the sidewalk that reminds us of many American and European stations.
The mezzanine is very vast and grandiose. It has vaults which are beautiful. The lights suspended from the ceiling are also spectacular. Any visitor who arrives in Montreal by train will have the impression they are still in the train station due to the ancient but classic architecture.
The station has two side platforms that are also beautiful in addition to being quite large, which is practical for travellers who have luggage. The same style of lights from the mezzanine also are present on the platforms. They bring a nice contrast to the darkness created by the brown colour tone of the platforms.
The many points of interest are the Montreal Central Station for trains, the access to Montreal Underground, the Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Windsor Station, the Chateau Champlain hotel, the 1000 de la Gauchetière complex, Place Bonaventure and Place Ville-Marie complexes, as well as the headquarters of the STM.
This station is connected to the intercity train station which makes many travellers enter the Montreal Metro through it. The station also connects with commuter rail as well as buses from Longueuil.
The lights (and everything that holds them) are probably the biggest piece of art. The entry via Windsor Station is also beautiful architecture, just like the mezzanine. This station proves that despite not having specific pieces of art, it is more than beautiful.
- Opening Date: February 13, 1967
- Line: 2
- Previous Station: Lucien L'Allier
- Following Station: Square-Victoria-OACI
- Entrances: 2 official, 4 unofficial
STATION RIDERSHIP (2019)
- Total Entries: 9,430,502
- Weekday Average: 36,492
- Saturday Average: 12,730
- Sunday Average: 9,552
The numbers above are the total sum of entries at the station for the year 2019. Transfers between lines and exits from the station are not counted. The weekday and weekend averages are based on the fall 2019 period of Sept 3 to Dec 6, 2019.