The future of Square Viger

Last updated October 7, 2021
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An iconic space in the heart of Ville-Marie, Square Viger is undergoing a major transformation, in order to highlight its public artwork and modernize the design to provide a greener, more accessible and unifying setting.

Revitalizing Montréal’s oldest public square

The first large public square created in Montréal, Square Viger was the largest such space in Canada during the 19th century. At the time, it was a premier destination. The redesign project, part of the vast urban revitalization of the Champ-de-Mars area, seeks to recapture its golden days.

The proposed concept will renew the current elements in a creative, inspired and contemporary manner. The work focuses on the restoration and enhancement of existing public art, including the monument to Jean-Olivier Chénier, rehabilitation and, highlighting of Mastodo and the pergolas by artist Charles Daudelin.

A variety of programmed events and service areas, such as a café-terrasse and washrooms, will allow users to take full advantage of the square, in a setting embellished by increased vegetation and trees.

The new plaza will become more open visually, greener, more accessible, safe and animated. It will facilitate the transition between downtown and Vieux-Montréal.

The project in images