ORIGIN OF THE NAME
Statue of Queen Victoria by Marshall Wood (1997), in sq. Victoria Square Victoria. This square was formerly known as place du Marché-à-Foin and place des Commissaires. It was renamed after Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland 1837-1901 and Empress of India 1876-1901, on the occasion of the Prince of Wales' visit to Montreal in 1860.

Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom and Empress of India

The square was redesigned as part of the Quartier International development project (see below). This project included the recreation of the square's original road grid, the planting of more trees on either section of the park, the installation of fountains and new lamps and furniture, the refurbishment of the Saint-Antoine and Saint-Jacques exits of the metro station, and the restoration of the statue of Queen Victoria to its pedestal, which was also moved. (The statue had been vandalized, and was removed for restoration in 2000 by the same company that restored the Guimard entrance.)

Sometimes erroneously called: Victoria, Place-Victoria (the nameplate over the doors at the Saint-Jacques exit shows this name by mistake).

 PLATFORM DEPTH
16,2 m deep
(31st deepest station)
 TRAFFIC
3 693 589 entrances in 2006
(22nd busiest station)

 INTERSTATION DISTANCE
To Bonaventure:
To Place-d'Armes:
392,60 metres
356,60 metres

 TRIVIA
Project for a work of art for the rotunda of the Saint-Jacques entrance, by Yves TrudeauFor information on the restoration of the Guimard entrance from October 2001 to September 2003, click here.

An art project that was considered for this station but eventually not undertaken was this design by Yves Trudeau, the artist for Côte-Vertu station. It was to be a sculpture for the ceiling of the rotunda at the Saint-Jacques exit, representing the playing-card money used in New France. Depicted here is a study model for the sculpture.

Photo by Antoine Desilets, from Jacques de Roussan, Yves Trudeau : Espace et matière. 1989: Éditions Marcel Broquet, La Prairie, QC. p. 48.