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Getting There

Updated November 2, 2004
 

 

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 Getting There -- By Car 

From Downtown Montreal:  The fastest route from Downtown to the start is via the Bonaventure Autoroute. Access the Autoroute from René-Lévesque Blvd at University, turning down the hill onto University. Follow the Autoroute till you see the sign for Île des Soeurs (Nun's Island). Exit there, and moments later exit to the right (the sign will list 10 / 15 / Décarie / St Jérome and so on). This puts you on the highway that has just come over the Champlain Bridge. Again take the first exit to the right, at the Atwater / Wellington sign. As soon as you're on the exit ramp, be ready to fork left towards Wellington / Verdun. The ramp leads you to the junction with Wellington St, with the Canadian Tire at your left. (Near the end of the race you'll be coming from the right on Wellington, and will turn left at this corner.) Turn left onto Wellington, and continue to the fork where there's a concrete divider. Fork left onto Lasalle Blvd, follow several blocks to the stoplights at De L'Eglise (notice the service station and Tim Horton donuts across and to your right). Turn left into the Verdun Auditorium entry, and park. You've arrived. (If you missed the fork from Wellington onto Lasalle, continue to the big church at De L'Eglise; you can't turn there because it's a 1-way street, so go one block further, turn left and go to the end, turning left again onto Lasalle Blvd, then right at the big entry ramp leading to the Auditorium.

From the US (Vermont): Route 91 becomes Hwy 55 in Canada. Hwy 55 takes you directly onto Hwy 10 (Autoroute de l'Estrie), heading toward Montreal. Continue below at South-East Entry.

From the US (New York): Route 87 becomes Hwy 15 in Canada. Continue north to the junction with Hwy 10, following the signs for Montreal / Pont Champlain (Champlain Bridge). Continue below at South-East Entry.

From Quebec City, Hwy 20: Don't enter Montreal by the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. Instead, just before that turn south on either Hwy 30 (St Bruno) or Hwy 132 (Longueuil), either of which will take you to Hwy 10. Turn onto Hwy 10 towards Montreal / Pont Champlain. Continue below at South-East Entry.

South-East Entry: Hwy 10 towards Montreal and the Champlain Bridge (Pont Champlain). After crossing the bridge, look for the exit for Atwater / Wellington. As soon as you're on the exit ramp, be ready to fork left towards Wellington / Verdun. The ramp leads you to the junction with Wellington St, with the Canadian Tire at your left. (Near the end of the race you'll be coming from the right on Wellington, and will turn left at this corner.) Turn left onto Wellington, and continue to the fork where there's a concrete divider. Fork left onto Lasalle Blvd, follow several blocks to the stoplights at De L'Eglise (notice the service station and Tim Horton donuts across and to your right). Turn left into the Verdun Auditorium entry, and park. You've arrived. (If you missed the fork from Wellington onto Lasalle, continue to the big church at De L'Eglise; you can't turn there because it's a 1-way street, so go one block further, turn left and go to the end, turning left again onto Lasalle Blvd, then right at the big entry ramp leading to the Auditorium.

From Toronto: Hwy 401 (MacDonald-Cartier Freeway) toward Montreal. Do not turn onto Hwy 20 / Dorion; continue instead to the junction with Hwy 40 and take the Montreal exit. Continue below at North-West Entry.

From Ottawa: Hwy 417 toward Montreal. Continue below at North-West Entry.

North-West Entry: On Hwy 40, watch for the sign for Hwy 15 / Décarie Blvd South, and get into the left-hand lane. (Ignore the signs for Décarie North, which come a bit earlier.) After a curve to the left you will exit on the left onto 15 / Décarie. Continue till you see the signs for Pont Champlain, exit there; you are still on Hwy 15 South. Well before you reach the Champlain Bridge, exit right onto Wellington / Verdun. Turn right onto Wellington, and continue to the fork where there's a concrete divider. Fork left onto Lasalle Blvd, follow several blocks to the stoplights at De L'Eglise (notice the service station and Tim Horton donuts across and to your right). Turn left into the Verdun Auditorium entry, park on the right side. You've arrived. (If you missed the fork from Wellington onto Lasalle, continue to the big church at De L'Eglise; you can't turn there because it's a 1-way street, so go one block further, turn left and go to the end, turning left again onto Lasalle Blvd, then right at the big entry ramp leading to the Auditorium.
 

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 Getting There -- By Bus 

The Station Centrale (bus terminus) is located at 505 Maisonneuve Blvd. E. (corner of Berri St.), just two blocks north of the turn at kilometer 23 in Section 5. The terminus is directly above the Berri-UQAM metro stop. If you are travelling from the United States, Greyhound Bus Lines (USA) offers service directly to Montreal. Their excellent website is the best way to plan your journey. Note that the Montreal entry is from New York City; if you are starting from points west in the US, your best entry may be Toronto or Niagara Falls. Greyhound Canada offers service to Montreal from anywhere in Canada; their website is considerably less useful, but has enough information to get you started.

There are numerous hotels close by the terminus, including the Thrift Lodge, the Taj Mahal, the Lord Berri (recommended), Auberge des Gouverneurs (expensive), and many others in all price ranges. In addition, the liveliest and hippest part of Montreal is just a short walk away. Head west along Maisonneuve till you hit St-Denis St., then turn right (north) and enjoy. When you get to St-Louis Square (a small park), walk through the park to picturesque Prince Arthur St., a brick-paved pedestrian mall. Follow Prince Arthur to St-Laurent St. and turn left for still more restaurants and bars. This whole area is active day and night, and it's safe.
 

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 Getting There -- By Train 

Montreal's Gare Centrale (train station) is the most centrally-located point you will ever find. It is surrounded by fine hotels, including the Queen Elizabeth directly above it, and is a short walk from McGill University and the mountain that gives Montreal its name (Mont Royal). Most important, it is relatively close to the starting line, a quick taxi-ride in the early morning. If you are travelling from the United States, Amtrak offers direct service from New York City to Montreal. Within Canada, check out Via Rail Canada.
 

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 Getting There -- By Plane 

Montreal's Trudeau Airport is located in Dorval, a 20-minute drive (in the early morning) from downtown and the startline. There is an Aerobus shuttle service between the airport and downtown, with free connections to major hotels. The Aerobus Station downtown is at 777 Gauchetière, right on the corner of University Street, close to the train station and much else. Use the link above for fares and schedules (click on "Menu" in the menu). Although there are certainly hotels next to the airport, your best bet would be to find accomodation downtown, closer to the start of the race.

 


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