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Montreal Attraction Pass
"Pick up your passeport MTL at La Vitrine culturelle and soak up tons of culture history and more by flashing it at the following Montréal attractions. Attractions included: Au Sommet Place Ville Marie Bateau-Mouche (60 minutes cruises) at the Old Port Biodôme – Space for Life Casino de Mon Museum and Historic Site McCord Museum Botanical Garden – Space for Life (including entrance to the Insectarium) Insectarium – Space for Life  (including entrance to Botanical garden) Musée d’art contemporain Montréal Museum of History and Archaeology Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium – Space for Life Stewart Museum Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Montreal Tower / Olympic Park Voiles en voiles (two hours of unlimited access"""Experience Montreal's Joie de vivre by visiting it's 23 must-see touristic and cultural attractions within a 72-hour period. This city pass does double duty for visitors: not only does it allow them to save money at major Montreal attractions but it makes getting around the city easier with a built-in chip that gives unlimited access to public transportation
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Montreal McCord Museum Admission and Guided Tour
"With its modern interactive approach to celebrating life in Montreal both past and present the McCord Museum reflects a city open to the world. The McCord is the ideal place to explore Montreal’s history over the years through its key places the heritage of Canada’s First Peoples and the achievements and creativity of Montrealers. The McCord Museum is home to one of the largest historical collections in North America totaling more than 1.4 million artifacts. It presents exciting exhi and the social and cultural dimensions of the lives of those connected to the city.Visit the museum for fun educational and cultural activities including city walking tours and tours with digital devices."
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Montreal Attraction Pass
"Pick up your passeport MTL at La Vitrine culturelle and soak up tons of culture history and more by flashing it at the following Montréal attractions. Attractions included: Au Sommet Place Ville Marie Bateau-Mouche (60 minutes cruises) at the Old Port Biodôme – Space for Life Casino de Mon Museum and Historic Site McCord Museum Botanical Garden – Space for Life (including entrance to the Insectarium) Insectarium – Space for Life  (including entrance to Botanical garden) Musée d’art contemporain Montréal Museum of History and Archaeology Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium – Space for Life Stewart Museum Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Montreal Tower / Olympic Park Voiles en voiles (two hours of unlimited access"""Experience Montreal's Joie de vivre by visiting it's 23 must-see touristic and cultural attractions within a 72-hour period. This city pass does double duty for visitors: not only does it allow them to save money at major Montreal attractions but it makes getting around the city easier with a built-in chip that gives unlimited access to public transportation
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Architectural/Culture (Old and New) Tips (38)

Michael and I at 3 Brasseurs restaurant

Favorite thing My favorite memory of this lovely city is walking the streets and seeing the old buildings with my husband Michael. We walked and took the Metro to get from one place to another. We did take a taxi once to get to the casino. We ate lunch at open window cafes two days while we were there. It is an easy city to navigate and I would recommend this trip.

Fondest memory The photo below is of Michael and I at 3 Brasseurs restaurant.

http://www.les3brasseurs.ca/eng/our_story.php

1658 St-Denis St.
Montreal, Quebec
Tel: 514.845.1660
Fax: 514.845.0515

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windoweb
Jul 19, 2007

Beautiful architecture in Plateau

Fondest memory The rowhouses in the Plateau area are so colourful. Many have detailed carvings, iron staircases, and balconies. This has become an expensive part of Montreal to live in, with so many cafes and restaurants within walking distance.

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mim95
Jun 28, 2006

The Illuminated Crowd

Favorite thing I have to admit that most "public" art leaves me cold, particularly the corporate variety. It often seems the sort of thing that warrants an "oh, isn't that interesting (what ever it was)..." but doesn't necessarily entice you to slow your pace as you pass by. This stunning sculpture, on the other hand, caused me to stop dead in my tracks.

Located at 1981 McGill College Avenue in front of the BNP Tower this intricate piece of public art demands study. It is "The Illuminated Crowd" by Raymond Mason. A plaque in front describes the work in the artist's words:

A crowd has gathered, facing a light, an illumination brought about by a fire, an event, an ideology - or an ideal. The strong light casts shadows, and as the light moves toward the back and diminishes, the mood degenerates; rowdiness, disorder and violence occur, showing the fragile nature of man. Illumination, hope, involvement, hilarity, irritation, fear, illness, violence, murder and death - the flow of man's emotion through space.

It was not until I was home and could examine my photograph that I realized that I could identify the emotions on the faces in the crowd.

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tpal
Sep 03, 2005

Museum~Beaux Arts

Favorite thing Located on Sherbrooke, this museum is do-able in about an hour, maybe a little more. Among the collections you will find art by local Canadians, as well as local artifacts. I thought the carvings from whalebone were incredible!
I also counted about one or two paintings by the masters~Monet, Renoir, you get the idea~but the Dali was missing! Yep, just a gaping hole where it used to be, no explanation!

P.S. I stumbled upon a painting by an Italian artist from my family's hometown of Molfetta, the Renaissance artist Corrado Giaquinto (you wouldn't know him!). What are the chances of that?

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nicolettart
Jan 20, 2004
 
 
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St. Joseph's Oratory

Fondest memory I was speechless when we arrived~~well, for a couple of reasons~~standing at the bottom it really is a magnificent sight. Then you have to start climbing the steps! This was especially treacherous on our visit because it had snowed and it was slippery and icy. (Well if the devoted can climb on their knees, we sure can handle this!)

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nicolettart
Jan 16, 2004

Excellent architectural/heritage website

Favorite thing In planning our trip to Canada I came across this excellent website about Old Montreal:

vieux.montreal.qc.ca

It has lots of really detailed information about Vieux Montreal and an amazing knowledge base with interactive maps which let you examine detailed information from the city records about every building in the area, including pictures (recent and archive), construction and architectural notes, ownership and current usage etc. and this for every single building in the area. There are even notes on each street and piece of public art.

The direct link to the knowledge base is here:

vieux.montreal.qc.ca/inventaire/hall_htm.htm

This is by far the best civic/architectural heritage site that I have seen.

But I will have to wait until November to see if the actual reality lives up to the virtual representation of this website.

We shall see!

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deptlads
Sep 03, 2003

Architectural beauty

Favorite thing This is a steeple on the campus of the University of Quebec at Montreal which you'll notice when you exit the Berri-UQAM Metro stop at St-Denis Street.
St-Denis is a great place to grab bite to eat and people-watch and is far less touristy than Old Montreal.

Fondest memory Montreal is full of churches, monuments and beautiful buildings.

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acemj
Oct 11, 2002

Montreal is known for the...

Favorite thing Montreal is known for the 'French' culture. The francophone population in general is a warm and fun loving people, ready for a party for no particular reason. The cuisine here is known world round. The biggest problem in eating here is there are too many choices! Stay a while and try out the various types of restaurants around the city.

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Gerry_Crooks
Aug 24, 2002

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"Bienvenue a Montreal! (Welcome!!!)"
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"A Wonderful Winter Weekend!"
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"Fall in love with Montréal..."
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Maisons Victoriennes

Fondest memory I miss the colourful Victorian houses. Some of the neighbourhoods of East End Montreal are quite dreary, but suddenly out of the blue pop out amazing examples of restored Victorian architecture. Some of the best examples can be found on the Square St-Louis, Avenue Laval, Avenue Prince-Arthur, and Rue Cherrier. Below are homes just off Prince-Arthur.

zChris
Aug 24, 2002

Stairways

Fondest memory The stairways! Those cast iron stairways leading up to the upper level doors are absolutely beautiful. You can find them all over Montreal. I imagine they must cause a lot of accidents in the winter, and they don't exactly live up to disability laws, but their detail and grace gives Montreal character unlike any other North American city.

zChris
Aug 24, 2002

Roman Catholic Cathedrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde

Favorite thing Take in the beautiful buildings, old and new as you walk around Montreal. The building with the green dome is the Roman Catholic Cathedral Marie-Reine-du-Monde.

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buzzz
Aug 11, 2004

Building modeled after the Empire State Building

Favorite thing This building was modeled after the Empire State Building. The location is the block northwest of the Notre Dame Basilica.

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virtualpatrick
Aug 03, 2003

Things to Do Near Montreal

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Museum of Fine Arts

After spending a productive day enjoying its fine Late Medieval,Renaissance,and Baroque Perod paintings and sculpture,I returned the next day to appreciate its Late 19th and 20th Century European...
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McGill University

It was free! Located on McGill Uni campus, this very interesting and eclectic museum had free admission. There was a little bit of everything there...unfortunately, I was so tired after crawling up...
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Dorchester Square & Place du Canada

Place du Canada separates the St George’s Anglican Church on one side with the Mary, Queen of the World Catholic Cathedral on the other – English Protestant and French/Irish Catholic. Developed along...
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Musée McCord d'Histoire Canadienne

This museum is highly touted but I was dissapointed. They had a few interesting artifacts but not that many and without much organization to it. It basically consisted of 2 small floors of displays,...
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Mont-Royal

Mount Royal is the hill standing to the west above downtown Montreal. Volcanic in origin, like the other Monteregian Hill sitting out isolated to the east above the St Lawrence Lowlands, monadnocks...
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Canadian Centre for Architecture

Even if you don't like architecture, I strongly encourage you to at least pass in front of the impressive Victorian mansion that houses the Canadian Centre of Architecture. It is hard to imagine that...
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