Dorchester Square
Dorchester Square
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This downtown plaza was recently renamed in honor of Lord Dorchester, the governor of British North America in the late 1700s.
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Neighborhood: Ville-Marie
How to get there
  • Peel • 2 min walk
  • McGill • 6 min walk

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Stirling B
Ottawa, Canada704 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Dorchester Square is a park situated along Rene Levesque Blvd in Downtown Montreal. There are some statues and paths with bench’s to sit and rest after exploring the city. Nice area to people watch.
Written June 8, 2022
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Traveller & Foodie
Montreal, Canada4,215 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
Dorchester Square has just under gone a major renovation, previously known as Dominion Square. This area is a very popular area for tourists because many tours begin in this square. It is centrally located in the middle of downtown Montreal and good place to underground Park to adventure in our city. It has many benches to sit on so you can come and picnic in the area or just choose a nice terrace restaurant in the area. It is a very busy square with all kinds different people.
Written July 1, 2019
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Ruby Roy
Montreal, Canada289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Solo
I sat in the park today, with an old friend and colleague and I realised how much I love Dorchester Park and how much a part of my life since childhood it has been.
Nearly every day I pass it, sit in it, rest in it, meet people, photograph it but I am not indifferent to the Square.

Recently renovated with the grass replanted, granite foot paths. Look carefully and you will see crosses on the footpath's south side, indicated the places where the cemetery once was. During the restoration graves not moved were found.

The heart and centre of down town Montreal with some of the most beautiful historical building surrounding it. The Sunlife Insurance building, Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, The giant cheese grater( the Château Champlain Hotel, The Queen Elisabeth Hotel where John Lennon and Yoko Ono did their bed in and wrote give peace a chance, the Old Windsor Hotel known for its ball room, the tallest building in Montreal with a main lobby that is a skating rink, the most important religious shrine where the Montreal Canadiens Hockey team plays hockey, the gorgeous Windsor Station, St George's church, Place Ville Marie our first down town high rise building, St Catherine Street the longest commercial shopping street in Canada, The Tourist Information building which is historical. Dorchester Square is between to major metro lines, buses stations, train stations, the weather proof underground city. Dorchester Square has important monuments to Robert Burns the famous Scottish Poet for whom Burn suppers are end every end of January. The monument to the Boer War, our first French speaking prime minister. The trees are rare and special with bird and squirrels living happily among the lunch time crowds that flood it.
In front of the Info tourist centre is a building that was part of the work projects during the depression by mayor Camilien Houde. Today is a great Italian café with great icecream and especially Ice Espresso which too me tastes like Italy. Roberto runs it... his father was my colleague who was a driver guide first with Murray Hill then with Grayline.
When I was a child I was so loved this Square and I would sneak away to watch people walking, as I got older I would come to see movies down town and always walked passed the Square. My University McGill is just up the hill, in university always walked passed the Dorchester Square to the metro. I worked at the Queen Elisabeth Hotel, I ended up working for Murray Hill Aero Car who offered sightseeing tours, then I become a guide and often started my tours here. Later I worked for Tourism Montreal and walked in and out of here. My banks are around the Square.
Its the coldest corner because of the wind tunnels in winter, its full of colours in the fall with the foliage, the coolest most refreshing place in summer and in spring the budding of the trees is magical,
Visiting Montreal ... it should be your first stop.... From Montreal you should stop and enjoy Dorchester Square
Written June 1, 2013
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Gonen2014
Haifa, Israel3,981 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I like Dorchester Square, mainly because of Robert Burns Memorial in the park. Burns (1759-1796) was a Scottish poet, one of the pioneers of the romance stream in arts, and he is regarded in Scotland as the National Poet. In Montreal, too, he has fans who erected this memorial in memory of which they wrote: "Erected by admirers of Burns". Beside this memorial (and two more memorials), the park itself is very nice, especially in the fall, as you can see in the enclosed puctures.
Written December 30, 2019
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Cara C
Boston, MA4,141 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
Maybe it was just the day I was there, but wow- tromping through the Square was a NIGHTMARE. Snow and ice completely covered every surface.

There’s some nice monuments and tall buildings around that make for a good view. It is also very lovely when NOT completely snow covered.

Written February 9, 2019
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Colin Archibald
Kingston, TN4,383 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
Dorchester Square sits in the middle of Montreal right across the street from Place Canada. It is a beautiful tree covered square with a couple of monuments. We were here at the start of October and the leaves were changing color, adding to the beauty. It was also just a block from our Hotel so we had a view from our room.
Written October 2, 2017
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RoxidouNoiro
Montreal, Canada502 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
Near everything, it is a place where one could walk, sit and relax or simply text or read. There are many attractions near-by, shopping and restaurants. The Tourist center is in front of it.
Written June 21, 2017
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Joop V
Ede, The Netherlands2,113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016
It is good to have a resting moment on this square, looking at its many statues and watching the squirrels burrying nuts.
Written November 7, 2016
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL21,657 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015
We walked through this park for a few minutes last week and enjoyed a few treats for lunch. It was pretty cool just sitting there while people watching for a few minutes while relaxing at the same time. This is a great place to chill while enjoying the surrounding building's architecture.
Written August 18, 2015
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DanielHenrysson
Karlskrona, Sweden331 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This was one of the first parks I visited in Montreal. Laying in the corner of Boulevard René and Rue Peel it's easily found. Around the square some famous old buildings are found like the Sunlife building and the Montreal tourist information. The square itself it very green, with trees and lots of grass. There are also some statues around here and some benches so you can sit down while you enjoy this little park.
Written June 21, 2014
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