New map shows how Montreal's 68 Metro stations got their names

Taking a ride on the Montreal Metro also means taking a trip back through Quebec history. At least that's how it looks on this map by Gilles Laporte, a history professor at Cégep du Vieux-Montréal.

Gilles Laporte, professor at Cégep du Vieux-Montréal, created historical graphic

What's in a name? When it comes to Montreal's Metro stations, Gilles Laporte's answer would be: a slice of Quebec history. (CBC)

Taking a ride on the Montreal Metro also means taking a trip back through Quebec history.

At least that's how it looks on a new map assembled by Gilles Laporte, a history professor at Cégep du Vieux-Montréal and lecturer at l'Université du Québec à Montréal.

In a graphic widely circulated online, Laporte offers up details on the namesake of each station, from the more obvious, such as former mayor Jean Drapeau (Yellow line) to the more obscure, such as Namur (Orange line), a city in Belgium.

Go here to see the enlarged image.

A new map by historian Gilles Laporte traces the origins of the names of each Metro station. (Gilles Laporte)

The map has also led to criticism about the androcentric naming of Metro stations. 

A Facebook group called Décider entre hommes points out very few Metro stations are named after women.


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