Cote-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grace borough is where our beautiful and unique Mount Royal natural and historic "mountain" is partly located. A mountain we are very proud of and a spectacular Mount Royal Park that both stand out in the heart of our Montreal city.
CDN-NDG is where the Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal is located with its many best kept secrets such as the outdoor Garden of the Way of the Cross with its thousands of trees and beautiful lawns.
Cote-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grace is also where the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery profits from the rich nature and diverse fauna of the Mount Royal forest. Several bird species visit this beautiful environment as well as raccoons, foxes and other small animals.
Each of the two areas have their own personality and their own particularities.
The ethnocultural diversity of CDN for Côte-des-Neiges is a reflection of the Montreal of today. There is indeed a large population of immigrants in an area close to the natural environment of the Mount Royal.
Accessible via Remembrance Road and by bus 11 on Côte-des-Neiges Road, the Mount Royal Park is famous for its many outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, cross-country skiing and skating on the Beaver Lake.
Then, NDG for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce located west of the Décarie Expressway is a friendly and residential neighborhood easily accessible by public transit.
The charm of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce lies in its streets lined with century-old trees and its Anglo-Saxon style residences. The population has diversified over time and now forms an interesting blend of Francophones, Anglophones and Allophones.
A walk on the popular Monkland Avenue lined with popular cafes and restaurants is highly recommended. Commercial activities also concentrated around Somerled Avenue, Cote-Saint-Luc Road, Sherbrooke Street and Saint-Jacques Street where many different kinds of grocery stores, pharmacies and shops are located.
The CDN-NDG economic equilibrium largely depends on its local commercial streets and commercial businesses established in three of its major commercial areas.
More than 250 commercial businesses are located between Queen-Mary Road and MacKenzie Street with one third being part of the Cote-des-Neiges Plaza on Côte-des-Neiges Road.
Services, especially medical services largely contribute to the local traffic. Plus, approximately 130 commercial businesses are located between Queen-Mary Road and Vézina Street.
Retail stores that fulfill some of the local requirements but not all, along with many non-commercial activities such as schools, churches and medical clinics.
Finally, more than 100 commercial businesses are located between Girouard Avenue and Grand Boulevard. The area offers an interesting street atmosphere with an abundant and diversified offer of current and semi-current goods and consumer services.
The Cote-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grace borough is popular for its numerous parks and green spaces. Plus, all the local public community gardens are very popular and most if not all gardens end up with a waiting list every spring.
Many green-thumbed residents support their local community gardens run by volunteer garden committees. Gardening experts who regularly drop by and share their technical skills with gardeners looking for tips. Community Gardens that also have sheds where tools and watering cans are stored and made available to garden users.
Cote-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grace borough is considered the 4th most walkable area in Montreal and most errands can be done by foot during a all seasons and pleasant walk.
Still, CDN-NDG is served by the
STM Green Line and by seven of its metro stations named Préfontaine,
Joliette, Pie IX, Viau, l'Assomption, Cadillac, Langelier, and Radisson
in that order.
The borough is also served by two RTM rail
stations, the Canora station in CDN and the Vendôme station in NDG
plus, the Autoroute 15 also called the Decarie Expressway crosses the
entire borough up to Saint-Agathe-des-Monts and further.
Cote-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grace was created during the Montreal municipal reorganization of 2002. The two areas, Cote-des-Neiges and Notre-Dame-de-Grace are two former towns that were annexed to the City of Montreal in 1910.
With its many different nationalities, the borough is now home to many different ethnic groups and ethnic differences. A borough that is also home to a large student population due to the presence of HEC Montréal, the Université de Montréal and the Loyola campus of Concordia University.