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Pointe-Nord neighborhood seen by Ilan Gewurz


The Pointe Nord community was born out of Proment Corporation’s vision of creating a world-class community and is the product of a long collaboration of Canadian and international talents needed to create a unique place to live.

Attention was paid to ensuring quality green spaces, as well as the choice of local merchants along the main street, the transportation options such as BIXI, Communauto and the future electric train, all of which contribute to making this neighbourhood a real urban development success story.

The variety of homes and the proximity of the bicycle path, the St. Lawrence River and boutique retail create an environment that is ideal for both seasoned athletes and those seeking respite from the hectic pace of downtown Montreal.

Pointe Nord is an exciting neighbourhood with an energy all its own: a reflection of Montreal’s culture, it combines global urban trends with a distinctly local feel.

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Pointe-Nord neighbourhood


Bike paths

Pointe Nord: A unique landscape

Values of sustainable development have been central to all the decisions made during the planning of Pointe Nord in order to create a unique place to live, close to nature, where elegant high-rise residential buildings become one with nature.

ABC’s of landscaping in a LEED ND neighbourhood

Environmental values were our first consideration in the choice of plants to work with”, says Maxime Brisebois of Projet Paysage Inc. The public square, paths, and riverside parks had to offer places for relaxation where the surrounding nature fits perfectly with the landscaping, thereby creating a unique and constantly evolving scenery throughout the seasons.

Our job is to create balance by choosing the right plant combinations that will work together to become a harmonious blend. In Pointe Nord only, we have eight varieties of trees, eight varieties of shrubs, and more than ten perennial varieties, in addition to all the plants added to the riverside. Diversity creates beauty.
– Maxime Brisebois



The choices of plants, flowers and shrubs in Pointe Nord were made based on multiple factors such as their adaptability, their need for irrigation, and use of pesticides. Another factor to consider is wind. The wind can be particularly strong in Pointe-Nord, which has been the source of multiple surprises and sudden changes in the landscaping architects’ plans. Additionally, the absence of snow coverage during the winter period in this area, which is not a bad thing, resulted in the choice of more robust plants in certain areas of this new neighbourhood.

Natural plants were used on the shoreline for perfect integration with the landscape.


The trees planted in the park and on the commercial street were chosen based on textures and colours of the foliage, which change with the seasons. Oaks and maples create beautiful layers in the parks of the neighbourhood and on the main street.


The choice of perennials in Pointe Nord allows for an appreciation of the different periods of flowering, creating an evolving landscape through the seasons. Some varieties bloom early in the spring, whereas others bloom over the summer and into the fall. A feast for the eyes almost all year!

The apple trees and the wild rose bushes are examples of perennials that have been planted to embellish the paths, the walkway, and the surroundings of the water basins.

Projet Paysage reminds us that Pointe Nord is still young! The more the vegetation flourishes and grows, the more impressive the view will be. In conclusion, Pointe-Nord is a work in progress and will only get more beautiful over the years.

Guided Tour to the Parks and Green Spaces in Pointe-Nord

With winter on its way, residents and visitors of Pointe-Nord will be looking for every opportunity to take advantage of the outdoors and those last rays of summer sunshine.

Read on to discover the many gems in the neighbourhood – some of which are hidden gems – where anyone can take time away from a busy life to just relax enjoy nature.

1. The Esplanade & the belvedere
The Esplanade, that patch of public green space in the middle of Pointe-Nord, has a magnificent view of the water and is perfect for an afternoon of Frisbee or lounging around. The belvedere, also with an amazing view on the waterfront, has lounging chairs perfect for sitting around and reading a good book. Information boards found on the outside of the belvedere tell the visitors about Nun’s Island’s history. And at night, solar panels will light up their path.


2. The bike paths
The bike paths surrounding Pointe-Nord are some of the most beautiful in and around Montreal. With a view of the downtown and of the waterfront, surrounded by beautiful trees, silver grass and wildflowers, it’s enough to make anyone wonder why they would ever live downtown.


3. The Northeastern point of the island
We’ve mentioned this magical spot before, but it’s worth mentioning again. Accessible by the bike paths and across from the future Evolo X tower, this beautiful area is surrounded by trees and plants and offers an unparallel view of downtown Montreal.

4. The courtyards of Zuni, Evolo and Evolo 2
Each development in Pointe-Nord has a beautiful green courtyard where anyone looking to take in the nature and sunshine can relax and enjoy a zen moment. It’s interesting to note that, in keeping with the eco-friendly philosophy of the neighbourhood, these courtyards were designed as green roofs – they are common spaces for residents set on top of the underground garages. This serves both to hide the cars and minimize pollution, as well as to reduce the “heat-island effect” by reducing exposed paved surfaces. By using non-invasive and mostly indigenous species in the landscaping, the needs for irrigation and pesticides use is much reduced.


5. Parc écologique Gerwurz-Remer
Water basins retain and filter rainwater before it reaches the St-Laurent’s river. The wild rose border is a delight for passersby during blooming season. This location also offers one of the best views of downtown.

Now get out there, no excuses! Take in the last of the beautiful weather before winter comes creeping up on us.

Portrait of Oussama Ben Tanfous, chef of Les Enfants Terribles

If you’re a food lover in Montreal, you’ve heard about Les Enfants Terribles.

With four locations, each with its own personality and with well-known chefs heading the kitchen teams, you know you’ll never leave disappointed.

Sitting at the bar of their gorgeous Pointe-Nord location, we spoke with Oussama Ben Tanfous, head chef at Les Enfants Terribles of Pointe-Nord. We talked about working on Nuns’ Island, where he gets his ingredients, what makes his restaurant unique from the other locations and best of all – we tasted the dish he thinks everyone needs to try.

Quality, originality and selection of ingredients

After working at Les Enfants Terribles in Outremont, Oussama left to  travel the world and work as a chef in restaurants all over Asia – Japan, Vietnam, and Thaïland. He finally returned to Montreal to settle down and take on the formidable job of head chef at the Pointe-Nord location in 2015. It took him a year to build his kitchen team, hiring talented cooks who have worked in some of the best restaurants around the world, in order to make Les Enfants Terribles Pointe-Nord stand out from the rest. According to him, his team is definitely a significant factor in the success of the restaurant.

“Yeah, I’m the chef, but in my kitchen, everyone has their say. That’s what motivates us; we all share our skills and participate. It makes for even more original and creative dishes!”


The originality of the cuisine is also in part due to the choice of ingredients. For Oussama, the search for quality, sought-after ingredients is one of his favourite parts of the job. In his opinion, the difference between an ok restaurant and a great restaurant is the quality and the uniqueness of the ingredients.  

“I love getting in my truck, going out to meet the farmers and finding THE ingredient that will make the difference. Everything is local, that’s what makes the difference.”

Another factor motivating Oussama to find new ingredients and to create original dishes is the clientele on Nuns’ Island.

“The people are really what makes Pointe-Nord unique. For residents, Les Enfants Terribles is like a second home so they’re here often and they’re always eager and willing to discover new dishes. It’s exciting and it motivates us to get creative!”


The result is that the restaurant never has the same daily menu and each dish is more original than the last. Oussama sits, almost every day, on the belvedere in Pointe-Nord by the waterfront, to think up new and intriguing dishes, always with the residents in mind.


Les Enfants Terribles

Owned and operated by Francine Brûlé and Serge Bruneau since 2008, Les Enfants Terribles is a gourmet bistro with four locations to serve all of you foodies looking to discover new flavours.  Each location is unique, so we recommend trying them all out!



209, rue de la Rotonde
Montréal H3E 0B8 
514 508 6068


1257, avenue Bernard
Montréal H2V 1V8 
514 759 9918


200, Promenade du Centropolis
Laval H7T 2Z6
450 934 9828


1, Place Ville Marie, 44e étage
Montréal H3B 4S6
514 544 8884


One community, three journeys: Discover Kenza’s story

Kenza never stops!

She’s on the go all-day long, and is a hard-working woman who tends to be the last one out of the office. But when she gets home to Pointe-Nord, she can unwind and relax. She loves the energy of waterfront living, the vibrant neighborhood life and the people that contribute to making it happen.

Kenza enjoy nights out with her friends, and is loyal patron at her local restaurants and shops. Learn more about Kenza and discover her unique vibe!