- Both cities have harsh winters with plenty of snow. Montréal's winter is a bit colder, and Sapporo is much snowier, but they face much of the same challenges with the winters:
|Monthly average temperatures (in celsius) for Montréal and Sapporo|
|Monthly average rainfall and snowdall|
- Both cities have rubber-tired subways, initially built in expectation of international events, namely the international exposition of 1967 in Montréal and the winter Olympics of 1972 in Sapporo.
- Both cities were the hosts of Olympic games in the 70s, the winter games of 72 in Sapporo and the summer games of 76 in Montréal. Both have kept traces of these events, the Olympic Stadium is the most recognizable building of Montréal and Sapporo still maintains the ski jump tracks built for the Olympics, using them as museum of winter sports and has vantage points for the city.
- Both cities are pioneers of bikesharing in their respective countries, Montréal has BIXI, Sapporo has Porocle (for Sapporo Cycle... the only thing I'd say in defense of the name is that it looks better in katakana).
|Porocle, Sapporo's bikesharing program, sponsored by... KFC?|
|BIXI, Montréal's famous bikeshare,which served as the basis for the Citibikes in New York|
- Both cities have underground malls in the downtown area. Sapporo has Aurora Town under Odori park, Montréal has the RÉSO (30 kilometers of underground tunnels, making it, according to some sources, the largest underground city complex in the world).
- Both cities are known for beer. Many have heard of Sapporo because of the beer and probably don't know it's a city in Japan. Montréal is the home of Canadian beer giant: Molson, and has breweries from the other Canadian beer giant, Labatt. Both cities have a local craft beer industry of note.
- Both cities used to be inhabited by native people ultimately displaced through colonization: the Ainu in Sapporo (in fact, Sapporo is not a Japanese word, but the transliteration of the Ainu name of the region). Montréal was founded on the former Iroquois village of Hochelaga, which name is still used to describe a neighborhood of the city.
- Both are located on plains with nearby farms, with hilly regions close.
- Both have messy, fat local food. Sapporo has the Jingisukan (Genghis Khan), which consists of mutton cooked in a copper bowl on which a piece of lard has been melted beforehand. Montréal has poutine, if you don't know what it is, you don't know what you're missing.
|Sapporo's jingisukan... they actually give you a plastic apron to ward off the splatter of melted lard that inevitably happens|
|Poutine! Fries, gravy sauce and cheese curds put all together. This particular one also has sliced sausages|
Urban models of development: Sapporo and Montréal
|Multiplexes in the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough, built in the early 20th century|
|A 10+-story apartment bloc towers over a street of low-rises|
|All of these are single-family houses, but even then they manage to be eclectic, with each house being of a different model|
|This is THE exception I've spotted where the same apartment bloc model was built en mass on a section of a street|
|Montréal, the core city occupies most of the island|
|Sapporo to the left, Montréal to the right: quite similar in size|
- Population of the core city
- Montréal: 1 621 000
- Sapporo: 1 914 000
- Population of the metropolitan areas
- Montréal: 3 821 000
- Sapporo: 2 606 000
- Share of the metropolitan population residing in the core city
- Montréal: 42%
- Sapporo 73%
- Number of new residential units, average from 2004 to 2006, for the core cities
- Montréal: 8 767
- Sapporo: 21 600
- New residential units, average from 2004-2006, metropolitan areas
- Montréal: 24 538
- Sapporo: 27 367
- Share of new units built in core city, average 2004-2006
- Montréal: 35%
- Sapporo: 79%
|New housing units per year, for the years I could find data for|
|The freeways are in orange, notice the dense network in Montréal and contrast with the few freeways of Sapporo that go around the city|
Subway and TOD
|Montréal's and Sapporo's subways to scale|
- Number of stations
- Montréal: 68
- Sapporo: 48
- Track length
- Montréal: 69 km (43 miles)
- Sapporo: 49 km (31 miles)
- Subway ridership
- Montréal: 219 million passengers per year
- Sapporo: 210 million passengers per year
- Annual ridership per kilometer of track
- Montréal: 3,16 million passengers/km
- Sapporo: 4,29 million passengers/km
- Annual ridership per station
- Montréal: 3,22 million passengers per station
- Sapporo: 4,38 million passengers per station
|Carrefour Angrignon and Angrignon metro station|
|Mall near Miyanosawa station|
|The only parking lot in front of this suburban mall is a bike parking lot|
|Cars must take the ramp to their own parking upstairs|
- The presence of dense streetcar suburbs connected to the downtown area by the subway
- Express buses and commuter rail feeding the subway network by connecting to the downtown area, then having users take the subway to distribute themselves around Montréal
|Mode shares of Sapporo and Montréal|