The international 165 Côte-des-Neiges.
From Côte-des-Neiges to the Town of Mont-Royal
''This line stands out for its variety of customers. You leave from downtown, passing close to Mount Royal Park, with nearby Beaver Lake, and then reach the quiet suburb of the Town of Mont-Royal after passing through the Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood.'' - Michel Mailhiot, bus driver
Board the 165 at Guy-Concordia métro station on the Green line in a busy area of downtown, where university life blends into the city with its businesses and passers-by. Just a few metres after pulling away from the station, the bus starts climbing the familiar Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, one of the city’s major streets.
The 165 heads from this densely populated core to the huge expanse of Mount Royal Park, travelling along its western edge. One side of the street on this part of the route is lined with houses, while the other is green and wooded, giving you a sense of the park’s enormity and prestige. At the corner of Chemin Remembrance, you’ll already be pretty far up the mountain. With Beaver Lake nearby, this is a great spot to get off and explore the park. A few stops later, you’ll pass the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery, the largest cemetery in Canada and an important feature of Montréal’s history. Its landscaping and abundant nature make it a beautiful place.
At this point, the bus begins its the trip down the mountain. After crossing Chemin Queen Mary, where you’ll catch a glimpse of the top of Saint-Joseph’s Oratory, it descends into the lively Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood. This area is home to businesses large and small, making it a busy spot. Furthermore, its cafés, restaurant signs of all sorts and various grocery stores set it apart from other neighbourhoods in Montréal.
Around Côte-des-Neiges métro station on the Blue line, where the bus makes a stop, you’ll still be high up enough to look out over the north side of the city. Weather permitting, you may even see the Laurentians on the horizon.
A little farther along, the bus stops near Kent Park, another nice spot to get out for a rest or a bite to eat.
There’s a complete change of scenery at Jean-Talon Street, where the bus heads along Laird Boulevard, one of the main streets of the Town of Mount Royal. After making its way through the area’s lush residential streets, the 165 reaches the terminus stop at the heart of town, near the Mont-Royal exo train station. Terrasses and places to rest await you here, making it a perfect spot to pause before heading home.