Montreal is popular for its mural street art, hosting hundreds of artists at its annual Mural Fest. While the streets in the Plateau Mount Royal and Mile End are filled with artistic wonders, murals are popping up all over town, including La Grande Verte at the corner of Viger East and Berri Street. Although this corner isn’t one of the most pedestrian-heavy areas of the city, a main bike path passes by it, and it is about halfway between Old Montreal and the eastern edges of downtown or the Village.
La Grande Verte is beautiful and vibrant, depicting luscious vegetation and showcasing a multitude of shades of green, blue and turquoise. The wall it is located on frames a small green space called Le Jardin de Lyon, which in the warmer months is equally colourful and plant-iful. In the winter months, when green is lacking in our daily visual stimuli, the mural is perfect for injecting a bit of tropical heat into your day. Although at night this is not necessarily a great spot to remain alone, during the day time the benches and flowers make for a lovely spot to read, enjoy a snack, or take a break from the crowded streets of Old Montreal and downtown.