Discover the lovely 125 Ontario

The lovely 125 Ontario.

From Quartier des spectacles to Olympic Park.

Ontario Street has many faces and is steeped in history. A busy street that was formerly served by our celebrated « p’tits chars », these little tramway cars from our past. It is now home to a number of shops and services.

The bus leaves from Quartier des Spectacles, Montréal's cultural hub. With its public places, performance halls, exhibition areas and movie theatres: there's always something going on here!

Photo of the Place des Festivals in the Quartier des spectacles. Credit Simon Laroche.© Simon Laroche

Quartier Latin comes next, with bars and terrasses on Saint-Denis Street and Place Émilie-Gamelin. In the Centre-Sud neighbourhood, you'll pass the Saint-Jacques Market at the corner of Amherst and start to see shops, restaurants, theatres, salons and all sorts of curiosities along the street.

Soon you'll reach Frontenac métro station on the Green line and neighbouring modern sports complex Centre Jean-Claude-Malépart and the Maison de la culture Janine-Sutto.  After going under an overpass, you'll be in the neighbourhood of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. This area has magnificent churches, including the Église de la Nativité, between Dézéry and Saint-Germain streets across from the new Place des Tisserandes. From there until Pie-IX Boulevard, Promenade Ontario is lined with a variety of shops. Place Simon-Valois, located near the street of the same name about halfway down Promenade Ontario, is a new, lively hub that attracts montrealers all year round.

Photo of the 125 bus line on Ontario street near Fullum street. Credit Simon Laroche.© Simon Laroche

Great landmarks

After Pie-IX Boulevard, the traces of the former town of Maisonneuve offer a change of pace. At the corner of Pie-IX and Ontario, you'll see the Maisonneuve library and neighbouring Maison de la culture Maisonneuve, a former fire station. A little farther and the Maisonneuve Market building will come into view, as well as the majestic Morgan public bath house, an impressive building on Morgan Avenue located within sight of Ontario Street.

Pictures of the Maisonneuve Public Market by Simon Laroche© Simon Laroche

Your eastward journey on the 125 ends at Viau métro station on the Green line, near the Maurice-Richard Arena, the Saputo Stadium and various Olympic facilities. It's a lovely, lively spot to end or begin your trip!

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