The "Verdunoise" 58 Wellington.
From Wellington Street to the Lachine Rapids.
''It’s a vibrant line, with an active, exciting neighbourhood life'' - Éric Guay, bus driver
Your journey begins at LaSalle métro station on the Green line, where you’ll go down LaSalle Boulevard (the station’s namesake) before turning onto Wellington, Verdun’s main street.
After passing futuristic De l’Église métro station on the Green line, you’ll cross each of Verdun’s six avenues, each one more bustling than the next. The shops subside after 6th Avenue, and, after Woodland Street, Wellington Street merges into LaSalle Boulevard. After passing a few high-rise apartment buildings, you’ll see the St. Lawrence River in all its splendor. Without a doubt, the river is Verdun’s greatest treasure, and it’s very wide in this area.
As you go along LaSalle Boulevard, you’ll cross Verdun and Bannantyne, the borough’s two other main streets. Right after Bannantyne Street, you’ll see the large park in front of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, one of the largest and most renowned psychiatric institutes in the country. Across from it, along the river, is the Parc de l’Honorable-George-O’Reilly and Verdun’s beloved public dance floor, where dance lovers gather every nice summer evening. It’s worth getting off at the corner of Crawford Street to visit one of the oldest houses on the Island of Montréal, Maison Nivard-de Saint-Dizier, built in 1710.
The 58 then passes through the Crawford Park area, home to a number of veterans’ houses built just after World War II. After Crawford and Ouimet streets comes Lacharité Street with its typical LaSalle-style homes. The bus will take you along residential and commercial Édouard Street before reaching the Bronx neighbourhood, which owes its name to New York investors. Finally, at the corner of Bishop Power Boulevard comes the highlight of the route: Des Rapides Park, developed around a now demolished hydroelectric dam.
This park is not only a place to see rapids—it’s also a major nesting place for migratory birds. Add that to the people fishing and kayaking on the water, and you’ll feel like you’re in a whole other world just a few kilometres from downtown!