The Origins Of Montreal's STM Metro Station Names
There is a very fun story behind each one.
Photo cred - Rico Michel
When we think of metro stations, we usually only think of their surroundings. We think of Mont-Royal as the plateau, Berri-Uqam as UQAM, and so on. What if we told you that there was a story behind all of the metro names? Stories that you've probably never heard. We did a little digging and found what 10 of the metro station names originally meant. Here are the (sometimes surprising) stories about our metro stations.
Mont-Royal; The One And Only Mountain We Will Always Love.
Jacques Cartier was the first to scale the mountain in 1535. He's the one that named it Mont-Royal. One theory suggests that Island of Montreal actually comes from when Cartier named Mont-Royal because spelled in middle french, it's spelled mont Réal. People used to actually go around the whole mountain to get from one place to another. Then there was a tunnel built under the mountain allowing the richer population of Montreal to go through the mountain instead of around it. Today, we have a road in the middle of Mont-Royal called Camillien Houde Way. As for Mont-Royal metro, it's named after our favorite mountain.
Crémazie; The Station For Litterature Lovers.
This metro station was named after Bl.Crémazie obviously. The name came from a very important Québec poet; Octave Crémazie. He's the author of Le Drapeau de Carillon. Octave and his brother owned a book store in Québec City called J.&O. Crémazie in 1833. Unfortunatly, the book store does not exist today.
Jean Talon; The Party Station.
Jean Talon is the guy we think you`ll like the most. He was intendant of New France (which included Quebec and the more eastern side of Canada as well as Louisiana). He wanted to change the economy to be more focused on agriculture rather than fur-trading. Talon wanted diversity in crops so he introduced us to some new ones that included flax and hops, used to make beer.
Plamondon; The Dazed And Confused Station
We`re not 100% sure how this metro station got named. There are two theories. Either it was named after a Quebec painter named Antoine Plamondon, or it was named after a Montreal signer Rodolphe Plamondon. Either way, it was named after one of Montreal's creative mind.
Atwater; The Wealthiest Station.
Named after Edwin Atwater, a businessman, a corporate director, and a municipal politician in Montreal. Atwater actually came to Montreal as a painter and varnisher and died as one of the wealthiest man in Montreal at the time. I guess being a businessman is not so bad after all.
Charlevoix; The Station That's Rich In History.
Known as a traveler and historian, Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix is often referred to as the first historian of New France. Charlevoix is the man you should thank for all of your history classes. Thanks, but not really.
Berri-Uqam; The Smart Station.
Can you guess where Berri-Uqam got it's name? You're right! Formerly known as Berri-de Montigny, Berri-Uqam is now know by Université du Québec à Montréal. This one was probably one of the few metro stations that you could guess the story behind it. There`s nothing complicated about this name.
Cadillac; Cadillac Metro And Cadillac Cars, This This Guy Has Made His Mark.
Yes, we are in fact talking about the same Cadillac. The metro and the Cadillac cars were named after the same person, Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac, French explorer and adventurer. To our surprise, Cadillac lied about where he was from and had zero respect for history before moving to Acadie in 1683. Despite his bad reputation, Cadillac founded Detroit in 1701. That`s how the Cadillac cars got their name. As for the metro station, Cadillac has had quite a few political positions in New France making him an important man.
Frontenac; The Rebel Station.
Louis de Buade de Frontenac was Governor General of New France. Frontenac was a little bit of a rebel. In his first term, he supported selling brandy to the Aboriginals tribes even though people from Laval thought it was a mortal sin. In his second term, he was well-behaved. He made sure New France was no longer threatened by the Iroquois and he helped expand the fur trade business. He wasn't such a bad guy in the end.
Montmorency; The Religious Station.
It`s pretty obvious that Montreal is packed with churches, and with a lot of churches comes a lot of bishops. Montmorency was named after the first Roman Catholic bishop of Quebec, Françis-Xavier de Montmorency-Laval. It's no surprise that at least one of the metro stations had a name related to religion.