Stanley Street (Montreal)

Stanley Street (officially in French: rue Stanley) is a north-south street located in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It links Doctor Penfield Avenue in the north and De la Gauchetière Street in the south. Molson's Bank was located on the street and at one time employed Joachim von Ribbentrop.[1]

Stanley Street
Native nameFrench: rue Stanley
Length1 km (1 mi)
LocationBetween Doctor Penfield Avenue and Canadiens-de-Montréal Avenue
Coordinates45.49967°N 73.574308°W / 45.49967; -73.574308


Stanley Street opened in 1845, and was named for Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby (1799–1869), the Secretary of State for War and the Colonies at the time (and later Prime Minister of the United Kingdom). The name was chosen by James Smith and Duncan Fisher, and was designated on August 23, 1845.[2][3]

Frederick Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby, second son of Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, and later Lord Stanley of Preston, was the 6th Governor General of Canada, in office from 11 June 1888 – 18 September 1893.

From the 1970s, the street had been the centre of Montreal's gay village.[4] Open since 1974 and still operating from its basement location on Stanley Street until its closing in 2009, the gay bar Le Mystique was raided by police in 1976, leading to riots. Starting in the early 1980s, Montreal's gay village relocated further east.


  1. Lawson, Robert (2009-11-09). "Nazis in Montreal". The McGill Daily. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  2. Ville de Montréal, Les rues de Montréal, Répertoire historique. Éditions du Méridien. 1995, p. 464 (in French)
  3. "Rue Stanley". Fiche descriptive. Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  4. Andrea Zanin. "The Village Comes Out: A Quick History". Archived from the original on 2008-03-28. Retrieved 2008-03-28.

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