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
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