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Dorchester Square

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Address: 1555 Peel Street, Montreal, Quebec H3A 3L8, Canada

This downtown plaza was recently renamed in honor of Lord Dorchester, the...

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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Very fine rest point

It is good to have a resting moment on this square, looking at its many statues and watching the squirrels burrying nuts.

Reviewed 7 November 2016
Joop V
Ede, The Netherlands
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Ede, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 7 November 2016

It is good to have a resting moment on this square, looking at its many statues and watching the squirrels burrying nuts.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Chill out area in busy area of city. Lots of workers lunching here. Nice and relaxing love watching all the Squirrels which are so tame compared to the ones in the UK. Saw an albino one digging in the flower bed. Two black ones play fighting. Area for tourists to be dropped and picked up by their buses. Nearby Tourist... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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Reviewed 31 August 2016

Two blocks from out hotel sat Dorchester Square, where the Visitor Center and Hop-On Hop-Off bus tours begin. This is the designated city center of Montreal and is the starting point from which all distances are measured. It is also where the city's first cemetery was located, before they moved them all up into the high rent district atop Mount... More 

Thank Steve C
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Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

After walking all over the downtown area, this was an excellent reprieve. The park is clean, plenty of space to just stop and relax. The statues and monuments were quite aesthetic to the green space. I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to visit, but it was worth stumbling upon.

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Queens, New York
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Reviewed 6 February 2016

Nice place to relax for a few and people watch. Being that it is downtown, it is a nice place to get away from the hustle of the city while still being in the heart of it.

Thank Mike4TraveI
Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 18 August 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.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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Reviewed 17 August 2015

This square is located at the heart of downtown Montreal. The tourist information center is located at the north side of the square. There are more than a dozen good restaurants near this square. The party street of Montreal ( Cresent Street ) is just 5 minutes' walk from this square. The cathedral is located at the west side of... More 

Thank izardbruce
Karlskrona, Sweden
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Reviewed 21 June 2014 via mobile

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... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

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... More 

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Reviewed 29 December 2011

Since renovating the park area of Dorchester Square it is a wonderful place to sit in the summer and watch the working population of Montreal rush by on their way to and from work. I make a point of walking this route when I come into town on the bus from the south shore and it is always a pleasant... More 

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