Park of Portugal
The Park of Portugal is located at the corner of St-Laurent Boulevard and Marie-Anne Street, in Montreal. The park was rebuilt in 1990. It has now tiled grounds and a bandstand with a terra-cotta roof.
Rui Dias a Portuguese Montrealer designed the mosaic pattern around the drinking fountain. The large pedestal monument is called a padrao. Portuguese explorers traditionally erected them when they claimed a new land for Portugal, and this one came from TAP – Air Portugal Company.
There are several Portuguese stores and restaurants along this stretch of St-Laurent. When the park was inaugurated, one of the guests was Maurice da Silva, a direct descendent of Pedro da Silva who came to live in Quebec in the 17th Century and was, thus, the first immigrant from Portugal.