Come 2017, Montreal will be a very different city. Tons of makeovers and renovation projects are planned for Montreal, and the entire city has been invited to submit projects that will change the city, notably the 'MTL' sign atop Mount Royal, which we really hope does happen. Less rampant in our news feeds have been the already-approved projects and installations to be set up for Montreal's 375th anniversary, which will change the city in many different ways.
375MTL, the group leading the way to Montreal's big birthday, have listed 11 new installations that will grace the city come 2017, titled the "Projects & Legacies of the 375th." From small tweaks to brand spanking new set ups, 375MTL has some pretty cool projects planned.
1. Cité Mémoire
A multimedia projection project, "Cité Mémoire" will be akin to other art installations that use the same technology, only that it will be focused on the rich history of the city. Created by Montréal en Histoires, the projections will be centered in Old Montreal & the Old Port and highlight important moments in Montreal history. Expect to see these projections starting next year.
2. City Walks
A whole bunch of new pedestrian pathways will be created come 2017, which will be designed to allow Montrealers to discover some of the less popular features of the city, including historical spots, green spaces, and public art.
3. Green and Blue Belt in the Greater Montréal Area
A lot like the green belt in Ontario, Montreal's nature-belt will be set up to promote the city's protected natural environments. A bunch of different mini-projects will make up the G&B Belt, such as new bike paths, parks, beaches, and the consolidation of forest areas.
4. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Come 2017 the MMFA will open to the public its brand new international art and education pavilion, which will be a new area of the museum devoted to the appreciation of old and modern art alike.
5. Montréal Space for Life
Big things will be happening for Espace pour la vie, including a revamp for the Biodôme, the Insectarium, and the Botanical Garen, the last of which will get a new glass pavilion. A new space will be created to link all museums that comprise Espace pour la vie, which will be dubbed the "Montreal Space For Life."
6. Mount Royal Discovery Path
Rediscover Mount Royal come 2017 with a new set of routes designed to guide walkers through the less-frequeneted areas of the mountain. "Fun and thrills" have been "guaranteed" which seems a bit hyperbolic but we're still excited for new Mount Royal walkways.
7. Parc Jean-Drapeau
Parc Jean-Drapeau will experience a slew up upgrades by 2017, with work to be done to revitalize Place des Nations, the construction of a 3km promenade, and improvements on existing sports facilities.
8. Pointe-à-Callière, City of Archaeology and History
New exhibits are planned for the Pointe-à-Callière museum which will let you discover Montreal's archaeological history in new ways. Sites including the remains of Fort Ville-Marie, the old Montreal General Hospital, and an underground pathway connected to the William collector sewer are just a few planned for 2017.
9. Saint Joseph's Oratory
Set to celebrate it's 100th birthday come 2017, the infamous Oratory will be upgraded to improve accessibility, with work being done on the interior dome and the opening of a new lookout to view the city.
10. Saint-Michel Environmental Complex
After the renovations are all done, the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex will be Montreal's second largest park in 2017. The park will be 153 hectares of public space, which will include trails, a lake, and an amphitheater.
11. Aboriginal Cultural and Artistic Centre
"A permanent cultural and artistic centre, expressly dedicated to the present and the future of First Peoples." The centre will function has a space dedicated to a multitude of events, including performances, readings, workshops, and festivals.