The dynamic 51 Édouard-Montpetit.
From Plateau-Mont-Royal to Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.
Going west, the 51 starts on Saint-Joseph Boulevard and soon turns onto Saint-Laurent to head down Laurier Avenue West, a very lively street visited regularly by Mile-End and Outremont residents for the array of services found there.
The bus then makes its way through a more residential area along Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine. This tree-lined main thoroughfare of Outremont leads to Édouard-Montpetit Boulevard, where the feel shifts. This is the territory of Université de Montréal, one of the city’s four universities. The 51 services a number of the university’s main buildings, including the CEPSUM, its large sports complex. Spread out at the foot of Mount Royal’s northern slope, the campus is serviced by adjacent métro stations Édouard-Montpetit and Université-de-Montréal. The 51 has stops at both.
From Édouard-Montpetit Boulevard, the bus turns onto Chemin Queen Mary where the surroundings change again as Saint Joseph’s Oratory, also built on the mountain slope, comes into view. The oratory’s steep and wooded terrain is the perfect place for a beautiful hike away from traffic.
After the oratory, the 51 begins its descent toward Snowdon métro station, a point of transfer between the Blue and Orange métro lines. This is Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. On Fielding Street, as the route nears its end, apartment buildings give way to parks and then to private homes. Notre-Dame-de-Grâce is a large, heavily populated and dynamic Montréal neighbourhood with a rich history.
The line has its western terminus stop at the Montréal-Ouest exo train station. This is also the terminus stop for other buses, including the 105 Sherbrooke, which can take you back downtown along another route.