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Underground City (RÉSO)

800 de La Gauchetière Street West, Montreal, QC H5A Canada

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  • Underground City (RÉSO)Pro 2014
    Lauren Baker
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    5 Nov 07, 2013

    I love the idea of underground shops, restaurants and passageways, especially since we visited in the dead of winter and the city would have been nearly impossible if confined to the above ground streets. There is something unexpected around every corner of the system. Well worth taking the time to explore.

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  • Underground City (RÉSO)Pro 2014
    D'Maris Coffman
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    4 Aug 27, 2013

    This is what makes Montreal doable in the dead of winter. Great idea. I've only explored a fraction of the nearly 20 miles of passages, but it's certainly memorable and not just because it always features in Quebecois films.

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  • Underground City (RÉSO)Pro 2014
    Scott Hampton (@danielodyssey1)
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    3 Aug 27, 2013

    The underground city in Montreal is similar to the one in Toronto, but with less shops. However, the access from the underground city to popular parts of Montreal is still a nice benefit to have during winter and is the best way to get around downtown.

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  • Underground City (RÉSO)Pro 2014
    Sharon "Bubz" Z
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    5 Aug 28, 2013

    The underground city is one continuous mall that spans 7 metro stations in the downtown area. Famous for its endless shops and boutiques and a sanctuary for those who seek to escape the unforgiving summer heat or the bitterness of winter, the underground city is an interesting way to get around the downtown area, great for grabbing some good eats and window shopping some famous stores. The excellent signs present helpful hints at each of the frequent exits onto main streets of Montreal and metro stations.

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    Bibi Javed
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    5 Aug 25, 2013

    I was in love and absolutely amazed at how large this underground city was! The boutique clothing stores carried such amazing, unique items, great pieces for home and delicious varieties of food! I'm a bit envious that we don't have this here in NY lol

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  • Underground City (RÉSO)Pro 2014
    Frances Nguyen
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    3 Oct 17, 2013

    Montreal can get really chilly during the winter, so the city planners were brilliant at building an underground city beneath the city. Thus, this underground-type mall allows residents to walk, shop, and eat, and not worry about walking through the frigid cold.

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  • Underground City (RÉSO)
    Marie
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    3 May 21, 2013

    I prefer history, culture and nature, so I didn't find the Underground City that interesting. A good place to visit if you enjoy shopping.

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  • Underground City (RÉSO)Pro 2014
    Stuart Scott
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    3 Feb 18, 2014

    I found this pretty interesting as I have come across nothing like it in Europe and set myself a fun (to me) challenge. How far could I travel from my hotel before I had to surface. Managed to get a fair way across the city centre.

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    Deanna Stockweather
    2 May 29, 2013

    Not a big fan of the Underground City. It is ok if the weather is bad and you can't be outside, but I found it to be a little dark and dreary.

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    Amanda Foley
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    5 Nov 08, 2012

    Would you like to leave your hotel, shop, go to the cinema, get your hair cut and do groceries without ever seeing the light of day?

    I bet you would if it's -20 outside during a frosty Montreal winter!

    The underground city is where downtowners live their lives during the coldest months, and with nearly 18km of combined amenities and shopping underground, it's easy to do everything you need to do without needing to go outside.

    Oh, Canada!

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Description:

With an average January temperature of -9 degrees Celsius, you can understand why Montrealers would prefer to stay inside. This doesn’t mean they stay at home, though. It just means that the population of Montreal’s city below the city, RÉSO, sees a population boom during the winter months. Under the streets of the Quebec city lies 32 km of tunnels linking over twelve square kilometers of downtown Montreal. Shopping centers, over 30 cinemas, exhibition complexes, a library, museums, hotels, 200 restaurants, and even university buildings occupy over 60 commercial and residential complexes; making it the biggest underground network in the world.
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