Underground City and Downtown
Once upon a time, in 1962, was erected the Ville_Marie tower, one of the most iconic tower in Montreal.
With the apparition of this tall building came the creation of the underground Montreal city.
the first underground tunnel connected the ville-Marie plaza to the central train station and the famous Fairmount Queen Elizabeth hotel.
This is in 1966, with the opening of the Metro of Montreal, that were created other tunnels connecting Bonaventure train station, Chateau Champlain hotel, the Canada plaza tower, Bonaventure plaza, the central train station and the amazing Windsor station. The is the heart of the underground city.
Despite the amazing underground network that protects the Montrealers from the harsh winter weather when they connect from their trains to their job offices, the underground city displays a myriad of shops. the diversity of shops and commerces can make you live a full day without going outside : cinema, haircut salons, spas, restaurants, clothing, electronics, universities, art theaters, hotels, shopping centers, residential and commercial complexes. All this constitutes the greatest covered shopping mall in the world.
While most connecting points are at ground level or underground, there is only one skybridge between Lucien-L’Allier Metro station and Gare Lucien L’Allier. In this regard, the Underground City is more of an indoor city (ville intérieure) than a truly subterranean city, although there are vast commercial sectors located entirely underground.
Combined, there are 32 kilometres’ worth of tunnels over twelve square kilometres of the most densely populated part of Montreal. In total, there are more than 120 exterior access points to the network, not including the Metro stations located outside the official limits of the RÉSO, some of which have their own smaller tunnel networks. Some of the city’s larger institutions, namely McGill University, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Concordia University and the Université de Montréal, also have campus tunnel networks separate from the Underground City.
Every day, 500 000 people walk through the 2 000 shops, hotels, bars and restaurants.
So come to buy during the day what you will wear at night !
the tallest buildings of Montreal gather around the heart of the city, Downtown. At first look, it resembles to the stereotype of a north american downtown. But take a closer look and immerse yourself among the luxury hotels, famous trademarks, fancy restaurants and worldwide renowned international companies. Many streets are making Downtown what it really is: Crescent, Peel, Ste Catherine, McGill, Sherbrooke. All of them with their own touch, rhythms, colors and ambiance.
At daylight, the crowd is mainly composed of business men and women, walking to their elevated headquarters, or shoppers seeking for the latest trendy fashionstyle.
At night, a more diversified and young crowd takes possession of the streets, could it be students from McGill, Concordia or UQAM universities, all of them heading to nightclubs, trendy bars and restaurants or only to get inspired by the mix of concrete, steel and glass all above them.
We strongly invite you to walk through the sloppy streets, enter the numerous accesses to the underground city, try not to get lost in this maze, exit in a different place and be simply amazed by the beauty and the contrast between the super modern and the ancient buildings, between the business people and the artists, between the luxury and the modern shops.