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Park Avenue station
Gare Jean-Talon
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension - Station Parc.jpg
General information
Type Metro station, Retail, and former railway station
Architectural style Art Deco
Location Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Address 395 Jean Talon Street West
Coordinates 45°31′50″N 73°37′25″W / 45.5305°N 73.6237°W / 45.5305; -73.6237Coordinates: 45°31′50″N 73°37′25″W / 45.5305°N 73.6237°W / 45.5305; -73.6237
Current tenants Joe Fresh
Inaugurated 1931
Design and construction
Architect Colin Drewitt

Parc station, also known as Park Avenue station and formerly Jean-Talon station (French: Gare Jean-Talon), is a historic railway station building in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Its western end currently houses the Montreal Metro's Parc station, while businesses occupy the rest of the building. The main building no longer serves the railway; the Exo commuter rail Parc station is adjacent. It is located on Jean-Talon Street at the end of Park Avenue in the Park Extension neighbourhood of the borough of Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension.

The station was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1931. Its traffic declined in the 1950s and it closed in 1984 when Via Rail transferred service to lines headed into Montreal Central Station. The City of Montreal purchased the building and the western end was converted as a metro station and the remainder of the building was adapted for business use. It currently houses a Joe Fresh outlet.


The Canadian Pacific Railway built the Park Avenue station, which was designed by architect Colin Drewitt and opened in 1931. It was inaugurated in the presence of Camillien Houde, the mayor of Montreal at the time. Park Avenue station replaced the Mile End railway station, which was located near the corner of Saint Laurent Boulevard and Bernard Street.

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The station as it was in 1936.

In its time, all trains headed toward Quebec City, Ottawa and the Laurentians, including Le Petit Train du Nord, travelled through Park Avenue Station.

The station's role as an important railway stop permitted the station to host many important figures. One such event occurred in 1939, when the station was the site of a royal visit by King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth, who were accompanied by Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.

Park Avenue station was an important stop for railway passengers until the early 1950s. Following the closure of Place Viger in 1951, Park Avenue station suffered a swift decline in traffic. It was closed itself in 1984 when Via Rail Canada transferred the southern terminal of the Montreal-Quebec City (Sainte-Foy) via Trois-Rivières train service from Windsor Station to Montreal Central Station. The same year, the city of Montreal acquired the building and ceded part of the building to the Montreal Urban Community for the construction underground of the Montreal Metro's Parc station, which opened in 1987. In 1997, Exo's commuter rail station opened, using the name Jean-Talon; but this was later changed in 2000 to Parc in order to avoid confusion with the Jean-Talon metro station.

The central portion of the building became an Indigo Books and Music store, which closed and was replaced by a Société des alcools du Québec store, which itself closed in 2010.

Current use

The central portion of the building currently houses a Joe Fresh outlet. The Montreal Metro's Parc station occupies the western end of the building. Adjacent is the separate Parc commuter rail station.

Montreal Metro station

ParcMontreal Metro.jpg
Location 7245, Hutchison Street, Montreal
Quebec, Canada
Coordinates 45°31′49″N 73°37′26″W / 45.53028°N 73.62389°W / 45.53028; -73.62389
Operated by Société de transport de Montréal
Connections      Parc (Exo)     Template:Exo lines
Depth 15.1 metres (49 feet 6 inches), 35th deepest
Architect Blouin, Blouin & Associés
Colin M. Drewitt (Park Avenue Station)
Opened 15 June 1987
Passengers (2020 ) 1,404,426 Decrease 54.7%
Rank 36 of 68
Preceding station   Montreal Metro   Following station
toward Snowdon
Blue Line
De Castelnau
toward Saint-Michel

Parc station serves the Blue Line of the Montreal Metro. It is operated by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM).

The Metro station was built after the city purchased Jean-Talon station in 1984, and opened in 1987. The entrance was built in and under the building's far west end, with the entrance in the former men's smoking room. It is a normal side platform station. The platform level features a frieze by Huguette Desjardins, and the skylight at the foot of the stairs to the exit contains a sculpture called Métamorphose d'Icare by Claire Sarrasin, an homage to the local Greek community.

Commuter trains

Location 300 Ogilvy Avenue, Montreal, Quebec
Operated by Exo (public transit)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections      Parc (Montreal Metro)     STM transit bus service
Structure type At-grade
Parking None
Bicycle facilities 7 spaces
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 1
Opened May 12, 1997
Passengers (2019 ) 863,500 (Exo)
Preceding station Exo Following station
toward Saint-Jérôme
Saint-Jérôme Montréal-Ouest
toward Lucien-L'Allier

The Exo commuter rail operates a station immediately adjacent to the historic building. Parc station is part of Exo's Saint-Jérôme line. The Exo station's platforms are built along the main line; the space between the old Jean-Talon railway station building and the railway line, where the original platforms were located, is now occupied by a Provigo Le Marché supermarket.

Connecting bus routes

Société de transport de Montréal
Autobusmontréal.svg 16 Graham
Autobusmontréal.svg 80 Avenue du Parc
Autobusmontréal.svg 92 Jean-Talon Ouest
Autobusmontréal.svg 93 Jean-Talon
365 Avenue du Parc
372 Jean-Talon
480 Express Du Parc

Nearby points of interest

  • CLSC Parc Extension
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