Côte-des-Neiges is a vibrant and dynamic neighborhood in Montreal that offers an unexpected window into the city. From its proximity to Mount Royal to its ethnic diversity, many community initiatives illustrate Montreal’s unique mix of cultures and styles.
Whether you want to grab a bite to eat at one of its many restaurants serving cuisines from around the world or stroll down one of its charming streets, Côte-des-Neiges has something to offer every visitor.
A well-located neighborhood
Côte-des-Neiges is home to one of the city’s most visited jewels, Saint Joseph’s Oratory. With over 100 ethnic communities residing in the area, it is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Canada.
The neighborhood is served by no less than 9 metro stations and also has convenient bus services like the 711 that take you directly to Mount Royal – perfect for a memorable outing that makes for a great commute.
With its multiple perspectives, Côte-des-Neiges is an interesting destination for tourists eager to discover.
One of the most outstanding characteristics of the neighborhood is its family atmosphere. In all seasons, there are many places to relax and enjoy. Its lively and busy parks will allow you to socialize throughout the year.
Mount Royal Park offers a nature getaway that comes alive in the summer and turns into a wonderland in the winter when icy skating trails emerge from its snowy terrain. It’s a great place for all kinds of outdoor activities shared with family and friends.
A strong presence of universities and hospitals
With many renowned faculties located in the Côte-des-Neiges district, it is not surprising that it is one of the most populated student districts in the city. Home to the University of Montreal and several of its faculties, including HEC Montreal and Polytechnique Montreal, this neighborhood is internationally recognized for its academic qualities.
There are also private educational institutions such as Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, Collège Notre-Dame, Villa Sainte-Marceline & Collège international Marie de France among others.
The diversity of the student population, who come from near and far, creates an atmosphere conducive to social growth and the acquisition of knowledge.
The Côte-des-Neiges borough is also a leader in medical care. Hospitals such as the Jewish General Hospital, the CHU Sainte-Justine and the Centre hospitalier de Sainte-Marie are located here.
An afternoon on the Mount Royal
Perched on the side of Mount Royal, this Montreal borough offers its inimitable charm to those who come to explore and enjoy its wonders.
World-renowned sites such as Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery, designated as the largest cemetery in the country, but also the greenest in the city, and the famous St. Joseph’s Oratory, captivate visitors with the beauty of their surroundings, creating a serene backdrop to this corner of Montreal. The beautiful green spaces create a peaceful atmosphere that is both invigorating and soothing, inviting you to breathe and soak in the unique energy that emanates from each of these special places.
These peaceful attractions come together to create a unique atmosphere.
Farmer James Swail made history when he settled in the Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood in 1860.
As recently as 1882, the Montreal Hunt Club was established in the area. It was a place where wealthy people gathered to hunt foxes and small game. On these secluded stretches of land, where nature was unspoiled and unspoiled, club members enjoyed the natural bounty of their surroundings. This exclusive club offered the opportunity to indulge in the pleasures of high society at a time when large parts of Montreal had not yet been developed.
At the time of its construction, the magnificent wood and brick castle perched atop the Côte-des-Neiges plateau offered a spectacular view of the north as far as the Laurentians. Today, this view can still be enjoyed from the soccer field of Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf.
Today in Côte-des-Neiges, we find diversity in its population, but also in its buildings and architecture. Just take a few steps and you’ll be amazed at the variety of architectural styles: Georgian, Tudor, Beaux-Arts, Italian Renaissance, Brutalist, Modernist, Rural and French Canadian.
The higher elevations feature elegant homes, while the lower lots offer more affordable options that attract students and new residents. Classic two-storey semi-detached homes and buildings built from 1900 to the present-day blend seamlessly, creating a colourful landscape that appeals to all visitors.
To satisfy the appetite
A vast culinary world opens up to you in Côte-des-Neiges.
Gibeau Orange Julep, an iconic Montreal landmark, is surely the best known attraction in the neighborhood and the place to go for a hot dog.
For the sweet tooth, discover the famous French pastry shop Le Duc de Lorraine.
For those craving Caribbean flavors, Tropical Paradise Restaurant and Caribbean Curry House are excellent choices, serving jerk chicken and deliciously tender roasts.
For Middle Eastern gustatory delights, turn to Farhat’s shawarma or Chez Sindibad.
Finally, it wouldn’t be complete without an authentic Pho from Pho Lien or Pho Hao.
Whatever awaits your taste buds, be sure that the culinary journey promises a delicious experience!