Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Montreal in Winter

I will be making a quick weekend visit to Montreal over the Martin Luther King Weekend with a couple friends.  It's about a 5 1/2 hour drive from Portland, so it should be a nice little getaway from cold to colder!  Average temp in January there is 13 degrees.  If that's too cold for you consider this:

Did you know that Montreal has second city right underneath it? Underground City (also called La Ville Souterrain or RESO) is a huge complex of connecting shops, bars, restaurants, movie theaters, museums and much, much more.
1. With more than 19 miles (30 km) of tunnels throughout a twelve square kilometer (4.6 sq mi) area of downtown, Montreal’s Underground City is the largest underground complex in the world.

2. Underground City links and contains more than 200 restaurants, 1700 shops and 30 movie theaters. There is more to see and do here that can be achieved in one day!

3. It is easily accessible from just about anywhere in the city. It is connected to 10 metro stations and there are more than 120 exterior entrances.

4. It connects with many great tourist attractions like Old Montreal and Olympic Park

5. With more than 500,000 (this must be for summer) visitors a day, Underground City is a great place to people watch.

6. There are great photo opportunities around every corner.

Photo of an Underground City Pedestrian Tunnel, Montreal Canada © Paul Lowry
7. Because of its location, Underground City is a great place to explore in any kind of weather.

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