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Summary: You don't have to dash off to Europe to soak in the sights and sounds of a different culture. Montreal is much closer, less expensive and if you're in a jam, they'll even break into English for you! Just 45 minutes by plane from New York or Boston, and pretty easy from just about everywhere else in the United States, you'll have an endless amount of festivals, local attractions and hidden gems just waiting to be discovered.


Don't let the cold discourage you. Though Montreal is nestled within our northern neighbor's borders, the temperature in January is a seemingly unreasonable -6 degrees Fahrenheit. Don a coat and hat, though, and it's manageable. If the empty streets surprise you, step below the surface, and explore the city's second, underground world à RESO.


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step below the surface, and explore the city's second, underground world à RESO.

That is news to me !! I thought that we still had the largest !!

What would be first then ?

There's a msitaken info about the whereabouts of Montréal Pool Room (misnamed Pool Hall -unless it really exists and i'm not aware of its existence) that this journalist place on St-Denis !!

This guy mentionned the Fantasia Film Festival and Just For Laugh but skipped F.I.J.M. and Francofolies !!

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According to Guinness World Records, PATH is the largest underground shopping complex with 27 km (16 miles) of shopping arcades.


C'est de la Bull Shit car le Guinness Bok of records avait nommé le Réso de Montréal comme étant le plus grso...et avec 32-33KM de tunnels, il est 5 à 6 KM plus long que le Path à Toronto...Tu sais comment qu'ils sont à Toronto, tout ce qui leurs appartient est le meilleur et le plus gros...il ne sont pas capable d'admettre que quelque chose à montréal pourrait être plus gros!

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de Wikipedia!


Montreal Underground city, or la ville souterraine in French, is the largest underground network in the world. Its 32 km of tunnel cover more than 41 city blocks (about 12 km²). Access through the RÉSO can be made to apartment buildings, hotels, offices, banks, and universities, as well as public spaces like retail shops and malls, concert halls, cinemas, the Bell Centre hockey arena, museums, seven metro stations, two train stations (Lucien-L'Allier and Gare Centrale), a bus terminal (Réseau de transport de Longueuil and other transit authorities), and other areas. It connects 80% of office space and 35% of commercial space in downtown Montreal.

The network began as a connection between Place Ville Marie, the Queen Elizabeth Hotel and the Gare Centrale.

More than 2,000 shops and 40 cinemas line the passageways. Tourists often visit various attractions in the underground city, which is used by an average of half a million Montrealers per day.

Eight metro stations link to smaller networks that are not yet part of the central network, such as Berri UQAM in the eastern part of downtown, and Pie-IX which links venues from the 1976 Summer Olympics. Additionally, other underground networks exist that are not part of the metro system, such as the La Cité housing and retail complex.


Toronto (PATH), comprises 27 km of walkways and 1,200 shops. It links many important buildings and attractions downtown to six TTC subway stations. PATH accommodates 100,000 pedestrians daily, and PATH businesses host the world's largest underground sidewalk sale once annually.

The PATH network in Toronto is the largest underground shopping complex in the world with 371,600 m².

Toronto also has a separate, smaller "underground city" connecting several building complexes and two subway stations on Bloor Street.


- 27KM vs 32KM

- 100,000 personnes par jour vs. 500,000 personnes par jour.


JE crois que c'est assez clair!?!?!

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Je pense que la différence réside dans le fait que Montréal a une underground city, alors que Toronto c'est un underground shopping complex.

Tu peux me dire la différence ? En vérité il n'y a pas de ville souterraine ni à Toronto ni à Montréal. Pour pouvoir décrire ces deux réseaux comme tel, il faudrait que des gens y vivent par exemple. Dans les deux cas, il y a plus que des activités de déplacements mais le long des corridors se trouvent essentiellement que des boutiques (pas d'hôtels, pas de musées, pas d'écoles ou de campus universitaires, pas d'habitations,etc : tout ça se retrouve en surface).

Pour ce qui est de chiffres de Montréal, il n'y a pas de consensus sur le nombre exact de km ou le nombre de boutiques. les chiffres diffèrent selon les sources.

A mon avis, la source la plus fiable (la plus sérieuse sans doute) l'Observatoire de la ville intérieure rattaché à l'Institut d'urbanisme de la Faculté de l'aménagement à l'Université de Montréal.




Selon eux, le RESO comprendrait 29.7km


le lien direct vers ces chiffres : http://www.ovi.umontreal.ca/sections/chiffres.html


Vous constaterez que leurs chiffres diffèrent de ceux qu'on trouve dans la version anglaise de Wikipédia :

7 stations de métro vs 10

+ de 2000 boutiques vs 1366

40 salles de cinéma vs 19 (en multi-salles est-il spécifié pour les statistiques de l'OVI)


Ce site possède encore d'autres chiffres différents :

1615 logements accessibles contre 1061 pour l'OVI

1700 boutiques contre 1366 pour l'OVI

10K places de stationnements contre 14500 pour l'OVI

source : http://www.imtl.org/montreal.php?vsearch=1&expo=UNDER&m=Montr%E9al%20Souterrain,%20ses%20b%E2timents


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