Gare Windsor (Windsor Station)
Montreal is rich with historical spots and places, and next to The Bell Centre (Le Centre Bell) at de la Gauchetière Street West, across the Anglican Church (being renovated today), located a historical train station that is said to be the oldest in North America; Gare Windsor (Windsor Station).
Gare Windsor is recognized as a heritage railway station by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada; connected to The Bell Centre, IBM Canada Building also underground shopping complex and metro (subway) system, in old days Gare Windsor played a very important role as the city’s central station. Today, Gare Windsor is mostly open for major events such as Mondial de la biere (beer festival) and commuter trains apart as hotel and office complex.
The outside architecture of Windsor Station is looking so elegant almost like a castle. Sometimes you will find a couple of police officers standing by and looking around for security reasons, I suppose. As you enter the station, you will find a statue of George Stephen (Lord Mount Stephen), Canadian Pacific Railway’s first president. In certain hour, taxis are easy to find as they are lining up outside the station (but if you don’t see any, need not to worry as Windsor Station is located very close to Marriott and Sheraton, taxis are usually outside the hotels area).
Gare Windsor attracts many visitors (tourists) daily and not all of them are originally from Montreal nor live in Montreal. So if you are in the town, you might want to check this heritage railway station. [more]
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