Call me a cynic, but I can't see paying $50+ to have a horse slowly pull me around ... anywhere!! I know some people seem to like this thing but a few minutes in I see nothing but regret on the faces of those who did.
Fun Alternatives: I have a full-proof reason why I don't take such rides: I'm highly allergic to horses and would be coughing, sneezing, or worse within just a few minutes.
Around Vieux Montreal the best way to get around is on foot. It's really not that big and there are so many things to see every few metres.
Though the Prince-Arthur street is a nice place to walk on, you find many cheap restaurants. The thing is that during summer, there all have a terrace that attracts people to go sit and eat under the sun for a cheap meal - sometimes 2 for 1 deals. But most of the restaurants don't even have a nice cook. The speciality is greek food, mostly.
Unique Suggestions: At least, there is one good restaurant. It's polish and very cheap. It's call Le Mazurka, very closed to St-Laurent blvd.
64, rue Prince-Arthur Est
Montréal, QC H2X1B3
Téléphone: (514) 844-3539
Fun Alternatives: At the beginning of the Prince-Arthur's street (or the end, depending on where you walk from!), there is the St-Louis Square, a little park between St-Laurent blvd and St-Denis street. Have an ice cream cone while sitting on a bench and listen to young people playing guitar or watch them playing aki!
Vieux Port is, arguably the most beautiful part of Montreal, but the area is entirely dependant on tourism and taking some travelers for a ride. There is good cuisine to be had in the Old Port, but at prices inflated by comparison to say, the Plateau.
Unique Suggestions: If you eat in the Vieux Port, avoid restaurants on the Place Jacques Cartier. They trade on the cafe ambience, not on fine cuisine. Also, seek out restaurants that look as though they are open year round - these must depend on local clientele during the Winter, and might have a better track record.
Fun Alternatives: Hop on the Subway and grab a bite in The Plateau. It's a short ride, and you'll be more among Montrealers. Just try to use French when greeting people, as it is considered more polite in Montreal.
You'll find advertisements everywhere from the streets to the metro and I guess that it is in order to bring you there as no locals would go...
Several supposed shows are just kid-oriented but their advertisements will make you think they are for adults as well. Even kids would be bored.
Unique Suggestions: Don't spin around the planetarium reading all the pictures' text tags.
Fun Alternatives: Avoid it.
One of the city's most storied buildings, the old Montreal Forum (home to the legendary Canadiens hockey team), has been transformed into an aggressive eyesore.
If the exterior looks confusing, just wait until you get inside. In a classic case of identity crisis, the building contains a mish-mash of businesses, including a Future Shop, a souvenir shop, a liquor store, some restaurants and a movie complex. Sadly, an increasing number of the old Forum seats -- one of the links to the building's past -- are badly damaged.
The only vestiges of the place's 75-year hockey history are to be found at the "Spot Molson", where you can take a photo of a statue of the late, great Maurice Richard. Somewhere on the second floor (but nowhere to be indicated) you can also see a handful of vintage hockey items behind glass windows.
By taking away the old Forum's soul, we Montrealers have been cursed by the hockey gods. Is it any coincidence the Canadiens have not won a cup since 1993?
Unique Suggestions: In all fairness, the Forum AMC movie complex presents a much greater variety of movies than the nearby Banque Scotia complex. Also, the best of the restaurants is the Burgers & Benedicts, and the food there is actually pretty good.
Close to San Jose Church (this is a must!). Just walking from the church to the downtown, you cross the cementery. Many people fear walking through the cementery but it is beautiful! Full of statues and small buildings.
We arrived in the city at lunch time and the coach driver gave us a one hour lunch break in the Dorchester Square district. We quickly had some lunch and then went for a walk through the square when we we were attracted to the noise of a very vocal group of demonstrators. Some were very agitated and my wife was frightenened, in fact she retreated from the street pathway.
I thought it was pretty harmless, just plenty of noise, and it is good to see citizens can express their viewpoint .
La Croix, or the cross in English, is considered a sight on Mont Royal. All the paths up there have signs showing you the way to the cross. I decided to see it, especially as it was even mentioned in my guidebook, but there is just nothing to see. The cross is a stupid cross somewhere in the middle of the forest. Nothing else. Don't go there, it's definitely not worth it.
Unique Suggestions: Enjoy the hike, if you can't resist going to the cross. The many trails in the forest are alright.
Fun Alternatives: Alternative: enjoy the view from Mont Royal's front side. The vistas over Downtown are really good!
Many travel guides still list Ben's Deli as one of the best places for smoked meat. The fact is Ben's Deli closed in December 2006, two years away from its 100th anniversary, due to a ridiculous dispute between the owners and the staff.
The unionized employees had been on strike since July, demanding a 40-cent raise over their average salary of $8 an hour (not far above the minimum wage in the province) and other improvements in their working conditions, when the announcement was made. What a sad end for this former Montreal landmark.
Unique Suggestions: The Ben's Deli sign is still up for now, although part of it is obstructed by a real estate developer's ugly blue banner, and you can even peep in the windows, but your craving for corned beef on rye will have to be satisfied elsewhere.
Just so that tourists will know, our famous maple sirup is NOT colone and should not be priced as perfume either! In my own opinion if you want to buy maple sirup to bring back home (which is one of the most typical thing you can bring back, as we are the world's largest producer of it), you go to any grocery store and buy the half liter ugly common tin can for $6.00. Stay away from those fancy shapped bottles sold in souvenir shops as first, the maple sirup inside might not even be of the year's fresh brew, thus cristalized and second, because if you want to spend your money on nice glass or crystal bottles, may as well shop in a trustworthy jewelry of perfume department store. Frankly you get more for your money by buying as we do... especially if you want enough to put on your waffles or crepes when you get home!
Unique Suggestions: Well... enjoy your fancy bottle and get the tin can one to refill it when you do come back and have learnt from your mistake.
Fun Alternatives: Any local grocery store such as Metro, IGA, Provigo, Maxi and even Costco/Club Price carries maple sirup tin cans. Get it from there at $6.00 for half a liter instead of $19.99 for 35ml in a fancy glass bottle.
Parking costs can be crazy.
If you are going down town to a mall- then the smartest thing to do is pay to go in the mall parking lots. They are usually a lot less expensive then the dollars you would shell out per hour on the streets down town. Even if you want to go somewhere else down town you may want to consider the mall parking spaces before loading up the parking meters. Some Malls even offer free parking on certain days with the purchase of a certain amount in the mall. (Just something to think about!)
the city montreal is actually - mon royal - there is the mt royal u can go to - observation on the city and nice park but..its not that amazing - the city itself isnt soo beautifull in my opinion...its more of fun city then beautifull city
so i didnt really liked this place
shops and commercial centres not to mention the underground town, which can be a good escape from cold weather, and judging from its 'promising' beginning in the early autumn, I guess how biting it can be... are a paradise for the shopping lovers or a tourist trap according to how you consider the idea of going shopping ;-)...
I hate to make any criticism of the great city, but this is one of them. In the summer, Montreal is not a stranger to extremely hot humid temperatures above 40 degrees celsius (104 fahrenheit) and one may desire some way of cooling down. In the vicinity, often a half hour drive from the city are a few beaches. I went to Plage St. Jacques and please do not expect these to be of high quality. They are well-kept but anything from spectucular. A small fee is required to enter and the 'lake' is technically man made- the St.Lawrence is not the ideal place in which to swim.
Mont Tremblant. It's a ski hill and village up in the Laurentiens. It's touristy. Very very touristy. It's expensive. It's cute, yes, and the village might be worth visiting for a day, but remember that it's expensive. So's the ski hill. Plus, for skiing, it's way too cold. When the weather reaches -20C (which can happen) it feels like -60 at the top. Plus, you have to wait 45 minutes for the ski lift.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Taylor got married here. If it was good enough for Liz and Richard...it...more
Boutique Hotel with good location. Not cheap but good oversized rooms with old world charm -...more
The stay was unremarkable. The hotel was drab. Dark, old, office building appearance. Our bedroom...more