Montreal’s Sixth Gift To The World

From November 26th to December 2nd, Metroblogging sites around the globe will be unveiling seven gifts their cities can share with the world – one gift a day for seven days.

RESO.jpgOur number six gift is one that goes on and on for 32 kilometers. Covering 12 square kilometers and connecting upwards of 60 buildings, both residential and commercial, and it got it’s humble beginnings way back in 1962.

Montreal’s Underground City, now known as RÉSO, is a marvelous and wonderful part of Montreal’s identity. It’s the largest underground series of tunnels in the world and you can get almost anywhere in the downtown core by Metro (subway) or, in some cases, by foot. All without having to take a single step outside in the elements (once you’re inside the subterranean “city limits”, of course). Be it the sweltering humidity during a summer heatwave or 10 inches of snow and freezing cold winds in the middle of January, The Underground can get you from point A to point B in no time and you’ll be sheltered from the bad weather, smog and traffic – though pedestrian traffic is a whole other ball game.

Taking you anywhere from a hockey game, to several different schools, to a half dozen shopping malls, food courts, restaurants and so much more. Plus when you include the connections the Metro provide, travel or commute can continue to far reaches of the island and beyond. There are some people whose residence is connected directly to the metro, so their 15 km commute to work downtown is completely indoors. We won’t go on pointing out everything that’s connected, we’ll let Wikipedia do that, or else this entry will never end. Allow us to recommend checking out the available PDF maps of The Underground City (above ground, showing the vastness of it and the Metro stations involved) and of the actual RÉSO tunnels (every blue line is somewhere you can get to without having to go outside) . Not bad for an island, huh?

Curious what other Metroblogging cities are offering as gifts? Check out the daily updated list right here.

3 Comments so far

  1. Erica (unregistered) on December 1st, 2006 @ 9:22 am

    I really need to get up there and see this. I’m thinking our skyways in the Twin Cities pale in comparison.

  2. blork (unregistered) on December 1st, 2006 @ 11:44 am

    I love the Reso! Even on the nastiest day of the year, I can walk from my office (near the Eaton Centre) all the way to Chinatown without going outside. It’s awesome!

    On the other hand, it is retarded to bill it as a tourist attraction. I see all these busses park in front of the Eaton Centre and Place Montreal Trust. They disgorge a pile of tourists who go into the malls there and are walked around and told about the “underground city.” Uh, those are just malls, people.

  3. cd (unregistered) on December 1st, 2006 @ 2:15 pm

    Yes! I love that network! It wasn’t yet cold enough to be useful in that regard when I visited in September, but it was nice to hide from light rain and to have an endless assortment of windows to shop. They are just malls, but it’s a brilliant concept for a city with weather like yours in the winter. Well done!

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