Montreal Travel Guide

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Montreal Highlights

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     Home to a vibrant, eccentric Québecois culture where everyone puts effort into looking good. Cafes galore, free-spirited, unique neighbourhoods, good public transit, great restaurants, real arts... 

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     English can be a barrier at times in Francophone neighborhoods, plus summer and winter months can be extreme. 

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     Smaller, politer, cleaner, cheaper, shorter, prettier, more French Canadien version of NYC. 

Montreal Things to Do

  • Old Montreal

    This lovely city hall building was built between 1872 and 1878. Located right across the street from Place Jacques Cartier it is right by the Champ de Mars. The balcony is where Charles de Gaulle uttered the words Vive le Québec Libre!" ("Long live free Québec!") which helped to strain relations with the Canadian government. Hours- 9 am-4 pm...

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  • Downtown

    The central area of Montreal shows a perfect combination between historic and modern buildings. If I had to choose a place to live in North America, I think this would be my first choice. Harmony, quality of life, safety, and a natural blending of races and cultures, attracted me. Was it a wrong idea, caused by the rushing visit? Maybe! And, of...

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  • Mont-Royal

    Overlooking the plane town of Montreal, the hill of Mount Royal (that gave name to the city) is at the same time, the "lungs" and the best sightseeing point of it. Small lakes and statues embellish this recreational area of Montreal

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Montreal Hotels

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Montreal Restaurants

  • Schwartz's

    My brother in law had really talked up the 'smoked meat' of Montreal, so it was a 'must try', on our visit here. We ordered the smoked meat sandwich on rye, with a sides of chips, coleslaw and cherry cola to drink. The meat is just like corned beef that we make at home, nicely salty, but hardly a hint of smoky taste. The coleslaw was a good...

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  • Ben's Deli

    I like Bens for the atmosphere that hasn't changed there in ages. You might find some regulars sleeping on "their" table, waiters chatting about the "meaning of life" with "their" customers. It's quite an experience. Just walk around to see all the people that have sit in the restaurant...you're now part of the legend. Something also good at Ben's...

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  • Eggspectation

    This is a great breakfast place with the biggest menu. It takes just as long to go through the menu as it does to eat your food. I've been to two so far (Laurier and Laval) and the food at both is fantastic. The one on Laurier has a big patio. I did find it a little expensive for breakfast food, but not enough to stop me from returning. It's a...

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Montreal Nightlife

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  • Club 737

    Can I give them something like -10 ? xD This place sucks ! The guard kicked out my friends for nothing. After, he wanted to beat everyone. We had a guestlist and they made us waited until it doesn't work. He had to pay the cover and we were out less than hours after. Don't even go for the view, seriously. The staff is not really nice either. If...

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  • Tokyo

    Tokyo Bar is located on trendy St-Laurent blvd, although Tokyo is not a pretentious place at all. Just a a fun place to go with friends for a night of dancing. They have 2 rooms ( 1 is more techno/house/dance, the other one is more hiphop/top 40/live bands) and 2 roof top terraces. Their roof top terrace is awesome, you totally feel as if you were...

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  • Foufounes Electriques

    I used to go very often there but am never going again. Too many times the barmaids don't give the right change and yell at you that she's gonna call the doorman, and he will kick you out, if you disagree. Once my friend gave a 10 dollars bill and the pitcher was 5$. She did'nt gave any change back and that's what happen. She was too ***ing drunk...

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Montreal Transportation

  • Metro

    The subway (people here call it the metro) is one of the easiest ways to get around Montreal. It's not very expensive either. It can get crowded though, depending on the time of day (morning rush-hour is the worst). Berri-UQAM station is always the most crowded at any point in the day since it's the intersection point for 3 lines. The subway lines...

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  • Buses

    The options depend on what you want to spend. There is a bus the "747" just outside the terminal for about $10 Canadian. A taxi will be about $40. A regular bus is $3, but you have to get yourself and your luggage to the bus terminal, a little ways away.

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  • Train

    To get to and from Montreal, the train is one of the easiest ways. Trains go to/from many major Canadian cities in central Canada and the Maritimes. Bonaventure station (or Gare Centrale) is the train station, and it also has a lot of shops and restaurants to go to in case you have a long wait in between trains/buses. It is also connected to...

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Montreal Shopping

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  • Downtown

    As made obvious from the store's name, they sell linens. But they also sell small appliances, kitchen stuff, and decor. It's more high-end than departments stores like La Baie so it's a lot pricier, but all their stuff is good quality. Similar to a department store, but not big enough to be one, and most of what they sell is related to linens...

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  • Old Montreal

    The Bonsecours Market is a must-see on any Montreal visit, because it combines insights into the fascinating city's past, present and future. Designed by prominent architects George Browne and William Footner, and opened in 1849, the market's shops and stalls feature a wide range of furniture, crafts, and clothing, as well as a range of cafes and...

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  • Quartier Latin

    Last weekend I went to shopping on St-Denis street and I went into a shop name Montana. It is a jewellery shop specialise in stones and fresh water pearl. When I entered the store, there are 2 sides of necklaces, one side is stones and the other side is fresh water pearl. And all the necklaces and bracelets are design by the owner. They are so...

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Montreal Local Customs

  • Bilinguism

    I was somewhat worried about communicating in Montreal, especially as most of the signs are in French, but I didn't have a problem at all. We didn't run into anyone who didn't speak english. Waiters/waitresses were no exception, right down to the worker at the bakery. Most menus were completly in english, and when you check out places websites...

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  • Français

    If the red octogon isn't obvious enough, "Arrêt" is the French word for "Stop". Apparently the province of Quebec is the only place in the world where they have translated the word "Stop" on stop signs into French. That's saying something. In fact, though some may argue otherwise, I see the stop sign in Quebec as a bold political statement by...

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  • Tam Tam day

    From late spring to early autumn, the Tam Tams happen on Sundays in Mont-Royal Park, near the monument. It's a massive drum circle where people play music and dance, but there are also vendors selling things (mostly hippie-style jewelry and clothes), people hanging out and having picnics, circus artists practicing their juggling and tight-rope...

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Montreal Warnings and Dangers

  • Safety or not

    Seriously, this city is a very safe one. I'm a young woman and I live here, and I've always felt completely comfortable. One exception was when I was walking home with a drunk friend and was approached by several men who tried to convince my friend to go home with them- but then again it was 3am and they were drunk, so it's not surprising. In the...

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  • Driving/Parking

    We drove our car up to Montreal from NY. The driving up there is a little different, so I recommend walking or taking the metro if you can. A lot of the streets are one way, but there aren't huge DO NOT ENTER signs or anything, just an arrow pointing in the direction of traffick. In many places the lines in the road are not clearly marked, so you...

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  • Winter

    Winter can get cold in Montreal, especially in January. Be sure to bring warm clothes, especially if you're not used to cold weather. Also, be careful of ice on the roads and if you have to climb a stairway to enter a building (many homes in the city have this), be careful that you don't slip if the stairs are icy.

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Montreal Tourist Traps

  • Souvenirs/Indians stuff

    It's a wonderful souvenier to bring back for your loved ones. Especially, syrup in this decorative maple leaf shaped bottle. But boy, you can pay quite a bit for this bottle of syrup and it's not worth it. The sales tax in Canada right now is 15%. So, it makes sense to buy this at the airport on your way home in the duty free shop. It also is much...

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  • Crescent Street

    Before we get started, I have a complaint about Montreal. My complaint is with Rue Crescent. Please do not visit here. I wish someone had told me. This really is the worst street in Montreal. Somehow famed for its nightlife, I cannot see anything noteworthy or significant. If you are interested in drunk 18 year old americans visiting from Vermont...

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  • Old Montreal

    Old Montreal is nice to visit, but keep away from the restaraunts and boutiques. There is one building with small boutiques in it, and "restaraunts" in the basement. One shop was selling art of Montreal starting at a mere $375. Um, this is a tourist area. How many tourists carry that much cash around to buy art? I am going to Montreal to see the...

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Montreal What to Pack

  • Warm clothes

    Many people think about keeping their "core" warm, but what about the lower half? There are some really great fitting and comfortable jeans available that keep you warm. They are called Winter Blues Jeans and they are perfect for travelers in the colder months. They are only available in a few stores but can be found online at:...

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  • Books

    To explore Quebecs big cities Montreal and Quebec City an up to date guidebook is very useful. I had the Fodors guide, which is updated every year. It describes the things to see and do and lists accomodations and restaurants in all price ranges. Last but not least it includes a detailed map with streetfinder.

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  • Camera

    If you come in the wintertime (especially December to February), be prepared for what can be brutal cold. Bring appropriate clothing, which should include a warm jacket, gloves, a hat and scarf. You'll kick yourself if you forget your camera!

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Montreal Off The Beaten Path

  • Mont-Royal

    On the mount royal, Mon-royal park is one of the best parks in Montreal, actually the name of Montreal drives from Mont-royal, it is just 5 minutes from the downtown but once inside you totally forget that you are in a big city and from the top of the mount you can enjoy one of the best view of Montreal downtown with south shore and the east side...

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  • Old Montreal

    Place Jacques Cartier Is the place to be In the summertime It Is one of the busiest places In Old Montreal as crowds gather to watch street performers and the end of performance just drop some cash in the hat, Jewelry being sold by tiny table vendors, Artist that will drawing your pic weather It would be black and white to color or even a cartoon...

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  • Laurentides

    Laurentides seem to be the favorite destination for winter sports. We were there in summer, rainning, and couldn't get much more than the look of the natural beauty of the sights, and… mosquitoes. But that is a story to tell in my St. Sauveur page.

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Montreal Sports & Outdoors

  • Hockey

    Canadiens love winter sports, and in particular... HOCKEY! They are very serious about it! If you're here, and you have the chance, you should try to catch a match. You might run into several games on all of the ice rinks around town, but you can see the Montreal Canadiens play right here at the Bell Centre. Their nickname is "Habs," and their...

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  • Baseball

    When you are in Montreal you won't miss the Big O or Olympic Stadium. It's home to the troubled Montreal Expos. Depending on when you see this tip you may want to verify they still play in Montreal. There has been all sorts of trouble with this team however they will always be my favorite. I can remember the good days of Tim Raines, Andre Dawson,...

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  • Racing

    The Formula 1 Air Canada Grand prix is the biggest sport event of the summer in the city and one of the biggest among all the formula 1 grand prix in the world. During 3 days Montreal is the capital of the F1, Montrealers and lot of visitors from all over the world go out and enjoy the many events that are organized esepcially arountd Cresent...

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Montreal Favorites

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  • Architectural/Culture (Old and New)

    This area of Montreal was known as the Golden Square Mile, for its remarkable concentration of wealth and power, mostly Anglophone. This hall, now part of McGill University, is representative. It was orignally built in 1907 as a private residence for Sir Mortimer Davis (1866-1928), Montreal born businessman, known as "The Tobacco King". (Davis in...

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  • Old Montreal

    Photo : Walking from Métro Place d'Armes to the Basilique Notre-Dame and Old Montreal. At the blue columns on the right, there's La Popessa, a formula eatery, "Universal Pasta, Fast Cuisine & Healthy Meals", cafeteria style. I saw weekend dads with kids walking up to it & inside. Popular with the young crowd. On Saint-Antoine West, corner...

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  • Ste-Catherine street

    I found these 3 performers while walking on Ste-Catherine street. Picture 1 is the first musician I noticed. He was playing something looking like Spanish "castañuelas" (but not quite) and hitting them with the thingie that looks like a bike saddle, making a sound like horse shoes when a horse is walking. Picture 2 shows a guy dressed like...

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Top 5 Urban Beaches: Montreal

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Few cities are better positioned for an urban beach than Montreal, since it has a major waterway, the St. Lawrence River, and an idyllic spot (the quays) for a summer destination. Part of the Société du Vieux-Port's master plan to redevelop the Old Port, Old Montréal's Clock Tower Beach brought a true urban beach to Rue Quai de l'Horloge, complete with sand, brightly colored beach umbrellas and chairs, as well as a traditional wooden boardwalk and refreshment stand. Unfortunately, no swimming will be allowed, since the currents off the quay are too strong for swimming, but the locale is apt for tanning and enjoying the lovely views of Old Montreal and the nearby islands. The early renderings, as well as photographs of the completed park, greatly resemble the Christo and Jeanne-Claude Umbrella installations of the mid-Eighties; whether this is intentional or not is unknown. Clock Tower Beach will be open daily from June 16 to September 2, and then open weekends only from September 3 to 23.

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