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Another way to cross the St. Lawrence River

Did you know that, every year, about 550 000 pedestrians and cyclists use the Jacques Cartier Bridge multipurpose path and sidewalk, a 2.7-km active transportation corridor, to get between Longueuil and Montreal over the St. Lawrence River?


Multipurpose path and sidewalk


The multipurpose path is located on the upstream side of the Jacques Cartier Bridge. It provides a spectacular view that includes downtown Montreal, Mount Royal and the Old Port. Located on the downstream side of the Jacques Cartier Bridge, the sidewalk offers an impressive view of La Ronde, the Olympic Park, and Montreal’s east end.

9 little-known things to experience when crossing the Jacques Cartier Bridge

1. Architecture

Admire the four turrets of the Île Sainte-Hélène pavilion, located halfway between Montreal and the South Shore. They are part of this Art-Deco-style building built between 1927 and 1931.


2. Social and Urban Contributor

Go under the bridge to enjoy an urban trail, an active mobility path, and beautiful vegetation in the sector while learning about key facts from the information plinths.


3. Viewpoint

Take a break on this unique and challenging active transportation path by stopping at the Jacques Cartier Bridge lookout for an exceptional view of the city.


4. Art

Admire two murals by Montreal artist Rafael Sottolichio that makes crossing through the pedestrian tunnel in the Île Sainte-Hélène pavilion seem like a journey through a bygone era, when the city hummed to the sound of massive development projects.


5. Innovation

Enjoy the visual experience and unique living connectivity of the Jacques Cartier Bridge illumination, a dynamic light show from dusk to dawn that is activated in real time by the seasons and the energy of the city.


6. Sustainable Development

Listen to the calls or watch the flight of young and older falcons living in the nesting boxes that help protect biodiversity near our infrastructure.


7. History

Admire the bronze bust of Jacques Cartier, a gift from the French government in June 1934 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of this great explorer’s first voyage to Canada.


8. Safety

This urban bridge has an atypical geometry with steep and long slopes and is exposed to particular weather conditions. Follow the Highway Safety Code to stay safe on the path and sidewalk in both summer and winter.


9. Historical Legacy

Take the Stories and Bridges tour available with the Montréal en Histoires app. Download the content for free and depending on where you start and how fast you go-do a 30-or-60-minute bike tour at your own pace.

4 augmented realities

Thanks to immersive videos, these augmented realities bring alive historical
facts, anecdotes and animated characters against a historical backdrop.


La Traversée mural brings history to life in the pedestrian tunnel of the Île Sainte-Hélène pavilion at the Jacques Cartier Bridge.


The Ice Bridge: Before our current bridges were built, a three-kilometre train track crossed the St. Lawrence River in 1880.


The Champlain Bridge: Spectacular images of the Champlain Bridge construction from 1957 to 1962.


The three bridges, from their construction to today.

7 points of interest

Through seven points of interest and four augmented realities, discover the
people, places and events that have forged Montreal’s history. These sites feature
educational audiovisual material that includes texts, images and illustrations.

Champlain Bridge sector
Champlain Bridge sector

St. Lawrence Seaway: One of North America’s largest construction projects of the 20th century.


The Champlain Bridge Ice Control Structure: Its role from yesterday to today.


Environmental protection: Maintaining balance for plants and wildlife.

Jacques Cartier Bridge sector
Jacques Cartier Bridge sector

The Jacques Cartier Bridge: Its construction from 1925 to 1930.


The “crooked” bridge: The creative engineering behind the bridge’s configuration with three different angles.


The Jacques Cartier Bridge in Art: This architectural icon of the Montreal landscape has inspired artists.


Île Sainte-Hélène Pavilion: This mysterious art-deco-style building hides a secret passage under the Jacques Cartier Bridge.

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