Visiting Quartier DIX30 / TEN30 District, Brossard, Quebec: Fast Growing New Development With Views as Old as the Hills
Legends old and new
Overlooked by the Collines Montérégiennes / Monteregian Hills, a new commercial development on Montréal's Rive-Sud / South Shore of the Saint-Laurent / Saint-Lawrence is named for a freeway cloverleaf at which Autoroutes 10 and 30 cross; thus, the commercial centre is known as Quartier DIX30 / TEN30 District (1).
One hill — in fact, it has a series of peaks — is known as Mont Saint-Hilaire. The town of Mont-Saint-Hilaire is named for the hill of the same name. Popular hiking trails cross the hill (2). The area is particularly known for its orchards.
The hill rises to 414 metres; and, interestingly, in the 19th century it was commonly — though erroneously — rumoured to be Quebec's highest mountain. Some of the hill's slopes are cliff-like; part of it is known as la Falaise de Dieppe. The area is within traditional Abenaki First Nation territory, and Mont Saint-Hilaire is also known as Wigwômadenizibo.
At the centre of the hill is 0.3 square kilometre Lac Hertel / Lake Hertel, which, though measured as being 9 metres deep, has in legend been rumoured to be connected by underground passages to Lac Champlain/ Lake Champlain.
The hill is known to contain at least 366 different species of mineral (3). A bird sanctuary also exists in its vicinity.
Another of the Collines Montérégiennes / Monteregian Hills visible from Quartier DIX30 / TEN30 District includes Mont Saint-Bruno.
Literally a sight that is as old as the hills, as it were, Mont Saint-Hilaire is a backdrop to the expanding Quartier DIX30 / TEN30 District. Beginning in 2006, and managed by RioCan, Quartier DIX30 / TEN30 District continues to grow and is expected to house up to 500 stores and service units.
The vicinity now includes banks, a hotel, office towers and the Complexe Sportif Bell / Bell Sports Complex, used by Les Canadiens de Montréal / Montreal Canadiens.
A conspicuous tower (see photo, below) operates as a landmark for the commercial complex, which in total now occupies an area of 255,117.6 m2.
The spacious commercial area has been the subject of extensive tree planting.
The address of Quartier DIX30 / TEN30 District is 9370 Leduc Boulevard, Brossard, QC.
February 24, 2020
(1) See also (in French): https://quartierdix30.com/ ; https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g181733-d7854511-Reviews-Quartier_DIX30-Brossard_Quebec.html
(2) See also (in French): https://www.summitpost.org/mont-saint-hilaire/152477
(3) See also: http://www.saint-hilaire.ca/
Some sourcing: Wikipedia
Also worth seeing
In Longueuil (distance: 12.1 kilometres), the Gothic Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue Co-Cathedral, in Vieux-Longueuil (Old Longueuil), was built in 1884; close to the Co-Cathedral are some remains of Fort Longueuil, fortified residence of New France's Governor Charles le Moyne de Longueuil (1656-1729); Maison Daniel-Poirier dates from 1750.
Montréal (distance: 13.7 kilometres) The architectural and cultural attractions of Montreal are too numerous to mention here, but of special note, among many others, are the domed Bonsecours Market (Marché Bonsecours), dating from 1847, which was a venue used to house the Parliament of United Canada, prior to Confederation. The Notre-Dame Basilica (Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal) was built mainly between 1824 and 1829; many Montrealers attend annual performances of Handel's 'Messiah' there.
How to get there: Brossard may be reached via Route 15-10 from Montréal and from Route 30 from other areas of the Rive-Sud / South Shore. Air Canada flies to Montreal (Aéroport international Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau de Montréal) from Toronto-Pearson, and from New York-Newark and New York-La Guardia, with wide connections. A number of car rental companies offer service at Montreal-Trudeau airport. Please check with the airline or your travel agent for up to date information.
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