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Toronto to Montreal gets Mapped


The 401 highway from Toronto to Montreal and back has been given the Google Maps mash-up treatment (because we can never have too many maps).

Unless you only have love for Toronto, or you like to fly everywhere, you've probably taken the 401 to Montreal and back more than once. And judging by the number of Montrealers who live here (like me), you've probably dragged a U-Haul on the busy highway route before.

I've taken the route at least 50 times and it usually works the same way - grab a double-double, drive past that giant apple, hit Kingston for some fast food, enter Montreal and shout "je suis here".

Now, you can make that trip slightly more interesting. One mash-up will get you service centre information (great for knowing if you're going to hit McDonald's or Wendy's and you'll also get some comments on how busy certain stations are and what stops have a drive-through). If you have a bit more time, you can check out 401 tourist attractions on another map (so you can actually stop at that massive apple or take care of some gambling needs).

So far the map only has a few pieces of road trip trivia and provides a limited number of tourist stops (it misses an awesome curry place in Kingston, but hey, that's just me). Until they make a super cool high-speed train between the two cities, these few maps could make the trip a bit more entertaining than playing I Spy and Punch buggy (which you should still play because it's a pretty long drive).

Photo: Charles DH Crosbie from the blogTO Flickr pool


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