Illustrator Map Montreal Canada

Montreal, located in the province of Quebec, Canada, is a vibrant and culturally rich city with a network of waterways, bridges, and main streets that contribute to its unique character. Here’s an overview of some of the principal waterways, bridges, and main streets in Montreal:


  1. Saint Lawrence River: Montreal is situated on the Island of Montreal, at the confluence of the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers. The Saint Lawrence River is a major waterway that connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.
  2. Lachine Canal: This historic canal runs through the southwestern part of the island. Originally built for industrial purposes, it is now a recreational area with parks, bike paths, and walking trails.
  3. Rivière des Prairies: This narrow strait separates the Island of Montreal from the northern mainland. Several bridges connect the island to the northern suburbs across this waterway.


  1. Jacques Cartier Bridge: A prominent and iconic bridge that spans the Saint Lawrence River, connecting Montreal to the south shore. It offers stunning views of the city skyline and is illuminated at night.
  2. Champlain Bridge: Connecting the Island of Montreal to the south shore, the Champlain Bridge is a major transportation artery for both vehicular and public transit traffic.
  3. Victoria Bridge: An important historic bridge that crosses the Saint Lawrence River, connecting Montreal to the south shore. It was one of the first bridges to span the river.
  4. Pont de l’Île-aux-Tourtes: This bridge crosses the Lake of Two Mountains, connecting the western part of the island to the suburban areas in the west.

Main Streets:

  1. Sainte-Catherine Street: One of the city’s main commercial thoroughfares, Sainte-Catherine Street is known for its shops, restaurants, and theaters. It runs east-west through the heart of downtown Montreal.
  2. Sherbrooke Street: Another major east-west artery, Sherbrooke Street is characterized by its upscale shops, museums, and historic architecture. It extends from downtown Montreal through various neighborhoods.
  3. Boulevard Saint-Laurent: Often referred to as “The Main,” Boulevard Saint-Laurent is a culturally diverse street that cuts through the city north to south. It is known for its vibrant nightlife, shops, and diverse restaurants.
  4. Rue Saint-Denis: Located in the Plateau-Mont-Royal neighborhood, this street is lined with trendy boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. It’s a hub for the city’s artistic and bohemian communities.

Montreal’s waterways, bridges, and main streets collectively contribute to the city’s charm, providing residents and visitors with a diverse range of experiences and cultural offerings.

Author: Kirill Shrayber, Ph.D.

I have been working with vector cartography for over 25 years, including GPS, GIS, Adobe Illustrator and other professional cartographic software.

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