Map of Montreal and the South Shore. Detailed map of the highway and local roads of Montreal and the South Shore (Quebec, Canada)

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Map of Montreal and the South Shore. Detailed map of the highway and local roads of Montreal and the South Shore (Quebec, Canada)

Montreal and the South Shore

The second-largest French-speaking city in the world, Montreal is a cosmopolitan blend of dramatic skyscrapers and elegant old Victorian manors, combining an old-world, European charm with the dazzle of new multimedia. It has lush parks, an enchanting old port on the St. Lawrence, a mountain with Olympic Stadium, Montreal      an unparalleled lookout over the entire city, a rich selection of museums, spectacular theme parks-all this and an incomparable night life, including a new Casino, diverse restaurants, and world-class festivals from film to jazz.

East of Montreal, on the South Shore, lies the beautiful Richelieu Valley, the equal of any in France. In the 17th century it held strategic importance in the war between France and Great Britain. Numerous forts from this time remain open for tours. Soon after, the river became an important waterway for Quebec commerce. Throughout the valley you'll come upon imposing manors, ancient farmhouses, old churches and modern museums, and find ample opportunities to hike, ski, bike, kayak, or go sightseeing by foot. The South Shore is known for its wines and cheese, so pay a visit to some of the numerous vineyards and farms that cater to tourists.

Tles de Boucherville [D2] Just across from one of the oldest cities in Quebec (Boucherville, 1668), this string of islands along the St. Lawrence provides cyclists and strollers with several kilometers of signposted trails. Don't miss the cable-ferry or shuttle boat, the playgrounds and picnic areas, or the lookout.

Mont-Saint-Hilaire [D4] A small town cradled between Mont Saint-Hilaire (375 m) and the Richelieu River, Mont-Saint-Hilaire is the birthplace of several famous artists such as Paul-Emile Borduas, Jordi Bonet, and Ozias Leduc. Hike the 24 km network of trails on Mont Saint-Hilaire and visit the first Biosphere Reserve in all of Canada, home to 187 bird species.

Roxton Falls [D8] The park and lookout next to the waterfalls offer a breathtaking view of the Black River and the old sawmill. Follow the winding Campagnarde cycling trail through the village, test your survival skills on the outdoor obstacle courses at Fort Debrouillard, or try a guided tour of the village's churches.

Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville [E3] Home to the largest downhill ski school in Quebec, this charming town on the slopes of Mont Saint-Bruno is a fascinating place to visit in any season. The Saint-Bruno conservation park offers a nature interpretation center and apple picking, while north on Hwy 30, Hydro-Quebec's hands-on Elec-trium Museum reveals the secrets of electricity and magnetic fields.

Saint-Hyacinthe [D6]

Split from north to south by the sparkling Yamaska River, this picturesque region is known for its rich soil and bountiful harvests. In 1993, Saint-Hyacinthe became the first Canadian member of the International Association of Science Parks, thanks to its remarkable agri-food science park.

Saint-Pie and Saint-Paul-d'Abbotsford [E6]

Don't miss these two villages, both stops along a local cider route, for unique farm and apple cider factory visits. At the Jean Duchesne Farm in Saint-Pie, learn about farm animals and take a hay-wagon ride. Saint-Paul-d'Abbotsford's Cidrerie Coteau Saint-Jacques provides cider-tasting sessions as well as a visit to the cellar!

CITY GUIDE

MONTREAL ATTRACTIONS

Old Montreal Old Port Notre-Dame Basilica Mary Queen of the World Cathedral Marche Bonsecours Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Canadian Centre for Architecture Just for Laughs Museum Montreal Forum Entertainment Centre Sainte-Catherine Street

Saint-Denis Street Saint-Laurent Boulevard Quartier Latin Crescent Street Mont-Royal Park Botanical Gardens Insectarium Biodome iSci Science Centre La Ronde Atwater Market Morgan Arboretum

AIRPORT INFORMATION

1-800-465-1213

TRAIN INFORMATION

(514) 989-2626

RADIO STATIONS

CJAD 800 AM (English) CKOI 96.9 FM (French)

ROAD CONDITIONS(514) 284-2363

TOURISM OFFICE

1001 Dorchester Square (514) 873-2015 1-877-266-5687

TOURISM WEB SITE

www. tourisme-montreal. org

 

Map of Montreal and the South Shore. Detailed map of the highway and local roads of Montreal and the South Shore (Quebec, Canada)