Reading Maps in Montreal


I always knew that things here were different, but this is a wonderful and extreme example.


Somehow, someway the people who made the website for the Centre Henri-Lemieux have figured out that the Montreal translation of the word ‘nord’ into English must be ‘west.’ Or perhaps Google Maps got it wrong. Or, and I think this is the most likely reason – they walked through Pointe Saint Charles and their sense of direction got all twisted up and confused before they made the map.

4 Comments so far

  1. ladyjaye (unregistered) on January 14th, 2007 @ 9:50 am

    Is this one of those cases where you need to do extra travelling to go from point A to point B just because there isn’t a direct route?

    That reminds me of when I lived in NDG, near the wonderful landmarks known as Spurs, PJ’s, Picasso’s and the Amazon stripclub (actually too close to Spurs…). Anyways, if I wanted to go to the Angrignon mall, which would have been a pretty quick trip by car or even by bike since it’s a straight line down on Angrignon Blvd., I had to take the 123 South to Newman then switch to the 106 East — which took twice as long. You know a bus route is too much of a detour when it takes a lot less time to get there by bicycle (although that was a dangerous route, as a lot of trucks took Angrignon south to get to Lasalle).

    The MTC is funny in that way sometimes…

  2. MadMan (unregistered) on January 14th, 2007 @ 2:07 pm

    I think what they mean is, it’s on the west (Ouest) side of the Montreal island. Makes sense to me. Not sure where you get this North (Nord) from, when it’s on the SW side of Montreal island.

  3. Zeke (unregistered) on January 14th, 2007 @ 4:36 pm


    Ummm, there’s this big black arrow in the middle on the top that has ‘nord’ written beside it.

  4. Justin (unregistered) on January 15th, 2007 @ 5:00 pm

    I think it might have something to do that the st-laurent river when running by Montreal isn’t going east-west as much as it’s going north-south.

    The city orients itself based on the flow of the river going west-east when in fact the river is flowing more north-south.

    Once you are “west” of the Mercier bridge, the river then flows more west-east..

    If you use a compas in Montreal, you’ll notice that when travelling north on the Main, you aren’t really travelling north as much as you are travelling east.

    I would *guess* that’s where the “error” comes from..

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