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Inaugurated in 2004, the Quartier international is a new urban area located between the city’s business district and Old Montréal. As a large-scale development and revitalization project, the QIM’s mission is to promote and develop Montréal’s international role. It is an environment that is truly contemporary, prestigious and exclusive offering an exceptional quality of life right in the heart of downtown.
Given its superior development concept and status as Canada’s hub for international activities, the Quartier has become Montréal’s prime sector for strategic growth. The project, representing an investment of more than $90 million, is the product of a unique partnership between public and private sectors. To this day, spinoffs from this major undertaking total more than $1 billion.
Restoring the link between two of Québec’s major tourism sectors, the QIM is designed to be a showcase for Montréal’s talent and expertise, a choice site to display a model of innovation in design, architecture and planning and to stage cultural activities. The redevelopment of Square Victoria with its series of fountains and the creation of Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle featuring Riopelle’s bronze sculpture-fountain and ring of fire entitled La Joute (The Joust) are only a few of the attractions that visitors can now discover. A Cultural Discovery Walk integrating 24 cultural attractions is designed to give visitors a discovery tour of the Quartier’s hidden treasures.
Open to the world, the Quartier international de Montréal is first and foremost a unique and stimulating environment accessible to all.