Neighbourhood Life

FARO is located in the heart of Montréal’s unique and diverse downtown core just steps from the Papineau metro station. FARO tenants can take advantage of the surrounding neighbourhoods that include boutique shopping, fashionable restaurants and feel part of the Montréal Joie vivre.


Building News

From mid-April to mid-May, we challenged the tenants of FARO Apartments to complete 30 000 minutes of physical activity in 30 days.
Our gym challenge was a real success! As promised, we rewarded your efforts by donating a sum of $1,000 to the Canadian Cancer Society!

On behalf of the Society, we wish to thank all participants!

Nearby Services

The neighbourhood is easily accessible by public transport. Whether you require a bus or metro FARO is the ideal choice. You can also feel like a real Montréal urbanite and pickup a BIXI from one of the stands in the neighbourhood.

Several parks located within the neighbourhood allow for a feeling of urban tranquility, all minutes from the world famous Saint-Catharine Street. Since 2008, this part of Saint Catherine Street has transformed during the summer months into a pedestrian walkway recognized internationally as a unique urban initiative.  

  • Buses 15, 358, 150, 410 & 430
  • Jacques-Cartier Bridge
  • Bars
  • Restaurants
  • Clinics
  • Papineau metro station
  • Notre-Dame hospital
  • BIXI stands
  • Parks
  • Grocery store
  • Place Dupuis
  • Theatres
  • The Grande bibliothèque nationale du Québec

A Neigbourhood with a Rich Heritage

Montréal’s Gay Village is internationally renowned for its warmth, diversity and energy. Urban planning and longstanding residents have enriched and formed a vital and thriving village within Montréal. Festivals, events and community involvement have elevated this vibrant neighbourhood to become an example of the possibilities of Montréal. ‘The Village’ is known throughout North America for its active nightlife scene; restaurants, bars and clubs cater to a wide clientele guaranteeing a feeling of being part of an evolving borough.   

FARO is part of a neighbourhood with a rich and colourful history. Formally known as Faubourg Québec, the area was nicknamed the “Faubourg à m’lasse” (the molasses suburb). The nickname originates from the area’s history of industrialization during the 1800’s. Tobacco, rubber and molasses would be stored and processed in the area prior to being shipped around Canada and the world. As industry moved away the neighbourhood transformed into a more residential space. A new media-based industry now occupies soaring towers that are symbolic of the neighbourhood’s transformation.

The SAQ headquarters building, located in this neighbourhood, is the former Pied-du-courant prison where several ‘patriots’ were condemned to be hung for their views on Quebec’s independence. The SAQ building is also known locally as the “Prison des patriots” (The Patriots’ Prison), in memory of all those who lost their lives.


Today, the neighbourhood is recognised by the rainbow flag, an international symbol of peace, harmony and diversity - A way for the community to express their pride.