Photostory #468: Space-Age City: Inside Inside Montreal
National Film Board of Canada
May 11, 1968
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Leading the way into the world of the future is Montreal's ultra-modern downtown city within a city. Here, in the centre of Canada's largest (2,500,000-population) metropolis, the snow can snow, the wind can blow, the mercury boil in (or drop through the bottom of) the thermometer and for nearly a quarter million Montrealers and their guests, it is just another item in the newspapers. Today, in Montreal, visitors can check their coats and hats on arrival and spend a week or more of varied social and business activities without once caring for nature's whims and caprices. Hotel rooms and permanent residences, the rubber-wheeled metro, restaurants, art galleries, banks, business offices, international commercial commissions, barbers, theatres, bars, trade shows, design centres, railway stations, liquor stores, convention rooms - all these and more in vast profusion, are linked together by a network of underground and enclosed pedestrian walkways which in themselves offer the means of daily constitutionals of a mile or more. Further extensions to the 30-acre complex will link up with more and more of the downtown area's important centres of culture and business making possible such weather-impervious connections as a busy day in the stock exchange with an evening at the opera. Canada's exciting cosmopolitan city of Montreal has entered its space-age orbit - blazing the trail for other places still at the countdown stage.