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I am trying to map out Montreal and was wondering if there is already an existing polygon shapefile of all the neighborhoods. Here is a link to a perfect example of what I am looking for.

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:ArrondissementsQuartiersMontreal.svg&page=1

If I can get that in shapefile format, it would save me a lot of time!

Thank you!

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cloudmade.com provides a lot of useful shapefiles, including downloads.cloudmade.com/americas/northern_america/canada/quebec/… - perhaps that can cover part of your needs? –  BradHards Oct 8 '12 at 21:42
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Might OpenStreetMap data be good for you? You can get it in shapefile format –  nadya Oct 8 '12 at 22:01

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I have two ideas:

  1. Check out the Statistics Canada site for .shp downloads. It looks like "Census Subdivisions" is what you are after, although there may be more detailed products there.
  2. An alternative is to use the ArcGIS basemaps in ArcMap (File > Add Data > Add Base Map > National Geographic). These are great for displaying down to the street level in detail (including neighborhoods)

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Commercial provider Maponics has well over 100 neighborhoods for Montreal.

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Some open-data options:

Flickr Shapefiles: http://code.flickr.net/2011/01/08/flickr-shapefiles-public-dataset-2-0/

OpenStreetMap Metro Extracts: http://metro.teczno.com/

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