Henri Bourassa Boulevard

Henri Bourassa Boulevard (officially in French: Boulevard Henri-Bourassa) is a major east–west street located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Located in the north of the island of Montreal, it runs parallel to Gouin Boulevard. Spanning 29 kilometres in length, it links the borough of Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles in the east to Autoroute 13 in Saint-Laurent. It was enlarged in steps beginning in 1954, following expropriations, but also has a new segment.

Henri Bourassa Boulevard
Native nameFrench: Boulevard Henri-Bourassa
Former name(s)rue Kelly, boulevard Paradis
Length29 km (18 mi)
LocationMontreal
West endAutoroute 40 in Saint-Laurent
East endSherbrooke Street East in Riviere-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles
Construction
Inauguration1954
Henri-Bourassa metro station is located on Henri Bourassa Boulevard.

HistoryEdit

The street is renamed after Henri Bourassa (1868–1952), a Quebec nationalist politician, and founder of the Montreal newspaper Le Devoir.

Part of what became the boulevard — two segments between Meilleur Street and Lajeunesse — was originally named Kelly Street by the Irish farmers who lived alongside it.[1]

Further east, the boulevard was built on what was a private right-of-way owned and operated as a tramway line by the Montreal Park and Island Railway Company, a predecessor of today's Montreal Transit Corporation.[2] Further west, the boulevard was built from Bois Franc Road.

Henri-Bourassa metro station is located on Henri Bourassa Boulevard.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ In summer 2011, Ahuntsic celebrated its 100th anniversary as a part of Montreal, and pictures from the 1930s listed the boulevard as being 'Kelly Street'
  2. ^ http://services.banq.qc.ca/sdx/cep/document.xsp?id=0000066825

Coordinates: 45°33′03″N 73°40′14″W / 45.55083°N 73.67056°W / 45.55083; -73.67056