Canada's Most Walkable City 2010: Montreal (w/ Video)

Find out why up! magazine ranked Montreal as the third Most Walkable City in Canada in 2010.

Perhaps it's not surprising that Montreal is a joy to walk through.

"It's got charm, history, great food and cafe culture—the ingredients of a great walk to work or a leisurely stroll on the weekend," says judge Jane Farrow.


The city has also embraced its reputation as a summer festival hotbed in recent years, where strolling at dusk as international artists sing, play and perform across the cityscape approaches urban nirvana.

"If downtown Montreal was as much a joy of pleasant strolling the rest of the year as it is during the jazz and comedy fests‚ it would be challenging for top honours," says judge Chris Turner.

This summer will also be the third year in a row for the car-free pedestrian mall on Saint Catherine, and the BIXI public bike-sharing program continues to swell with locals opting out of car ownership altogether.

Although the city still has aggressive drivers (it leads this index in pedestrian-vehicular collisions per capita), a civic effort to re-educate car owners and redesigned streets all point to an even better place to walk in the years ahead.

Neighbourhood Walk: The Plateau

Chic and oh so boho, the Plateau is home to eclectic cafes, classic and stately Montreal homes and leafy parks. There are also more French bakeries making the best bread in the city than you can shake a baguette at, and plenty of espresso machines churning out black gold to wash it down with.

This story was originally published in the May 2010 issue of up! magazine as part of the Canada's Most Walkable Cities 2010 feature, profiling 10 of Canada’s most pedestrian-friendly urban centres. Take a look at more of Canada's Most Walkable Cities.

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Tom Gierasimczuk

Based in Toronto, Tom Gierasimczuk's work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the Globe and Mail, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and OutPost magazine.

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