It has been said that Montréal is the only city in the world where the sun "rises in the south."
Montrealers use an unconventional compass, using the river and the mountain as cardinal points. When you are in downtown the St Lawrence River is “south” and Mt. Royal is “north”; making the West Island and the East End correct in both their names and orientations. This tends to confuse visitors because the “East” End is really north and the “west” island is south, and the St Lawrence River runs almost North-South at this location.
Most local maps use this convention as do the highways around the city. For example Autoroute 15 north actually runs north-west and Autoroute 40 east runs north-east.
Confused? Me, too... click the pictures for more help.
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