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Le bateau Mouche

Favorite thing Le bateau Mouche at Old Montreal is a tourist excursion boat, that will let you see the Saint Lawerance river and Montreal.

Departures from Jacques-Cartier Pier
every day from Mid-May to Mid-October
at: 10 a.m., 12 noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Dinner-cruise at 7 p.m.
Boarding: 30 minutes before departure
(514) 849-9952 or 1 800 361-9952
Fax (514) 849-9851

Regular Day Tour Rates
(Taxes extra)

$19.75 Adults
$17.00 Students/Seniors 65+
$9.00 Children (12-)
$39.50 Family

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Dec 19, 2002

Old-Montréal (Vieux Montreal)

Favorite thing The oldest part of the city, is adjacent to the downtown area. Its old buildings, Notre-Dame church for example, are part of the city's invaluable heritage.

Fondest memory The Old Port, which is part of Old Montréal is located on the Saint Lawrence. The Musée d'archéologie et d'histoire Pointe-à-Callière occupies the site of the original village, founded in 1642. A visit to this cellars of the impressive building takes you into Montréal's very first sewers. An exhibition has been set up there which retraces the history of Montréal, from the era of the early Amerindians to modern day.

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Sep 18, 2002

Around Place Jacques-Cartier

Favorite thing Explore Vieux-Montreal with all historic sights around the Place Jacques-Cartier, which is the gathering and street entertainment site in the area.
Put a special emphasis on the Notre-Dame Basilica (see photo) with the Sacred Heart Chapel.
But also the City Hall from 1878 and the Bonsecours Market as a bustling marketplace with shops and exhibitions are worth a visit.

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Sep 04, 2002

Just south of St. Catherine...

Favorite thing Just south of St. Catherine Street, and also on the Metro, you can reach Old Montreal, or Vieux Montreal. An old French section of the city, which still has the original narrow cobble-stone streets, just like in Europe. You will find older buildings that have been preserved and upgraded. You will find charming shops, and the best French restaurants, many where you can sit on the sidewalk cafe and watch the sights and sounds of Montreal pass by. You will find Notre Dame Cathedral, the famous gothic Cathedral where Celine Dion (she's ours) was married. You can also take a Caleche ride, that's a Horse-drawn carriage ride through Old Montreal. During the day, or at night, the street lights and old-world charm make Vieux Montreal a must see experience.

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Aug 26, 2002
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climb the clocktower (Tour...

Favorite thing climb the clocktower (Tour d'Horloge). From here there is a great view over the Vieux Port with the skyscrapers of downtown in the background, and in the other direction, the St Laurent River and Ile Sainte-Helene.

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Aug 26, 2002

Visit the old town / harbour...

Favorite thing Visit the old town / harbour front. It's an awesome recreational area, with plent of space to ride your bicycle and roller blade, or just lay down on the grass and enjoy. Take it easy, though, because there are a lot of people here during the summer, and there are plenty of things going on. Especially during the 'Just for laughs' festival.

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Aug 25, 2002

See more than I did!!! ...

Favorite thing See more than I did!!! Scheduling only one day for Montreal is one of my biggest regrets on my trip. This city deserves several days at the least.

Fondest memory I loved walking around old Montreal with all the narrow streets and old buildings. Everything in Canada is so modern and Montreal reminded me a little bit of Europe. It's such a unique city here in Canada.

Aug 25, 2002

The Old city the one which was...

Favorite thing The Old city the one which was founded by french people leaded by Mainsonneuve , and surrounded by a wall during the English and French Wars is the most interesting thing I saw in Montreal.
You can still visit historic buildings and monuments in all the area between the Champ of Mars and the River St Lawrence.

Fondest memory I enjoyed when I visited the Cityhouse of Montreal. There De Gaulle shouted to the crowds :'Vive le Quebec libre'

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Aug 24, 2002

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Rue St-Paul

Favorite thing Check out rue St-Paul and all of Vieux-Montréal! The whole area, especially St-Paul, is filled with winding, twisting cobblestone streets filled with buildings dating all the way back to the 17th century. St-Paul features surprises at every turn of its narrow cobblestone roadbed, including excellent restaurants, interesting shops, and a few museums. Check out the Ancienne-Douanne (Old Customs House) on the Place Royale, part of the massive Musée d'Achaeologie Pointe-a-Calliere, which features exhbitis on the history of the area and the excavation of its artifacts. Further down and off St-Paul is the Place d'Youville with the beautiful 1903 fire station which now houses the Centre d'Histoire de Montréal, a somewhat smaller museum of Montréal history. Also near the Place d'Youville are the Youville Stables and the Cours le Royer, both very old structures transformed into shopping and dining centres. Rue St-Paul itself has a number of excellent dining options, especially Café Stash, a Polish restaurant where patrons sit on 17th century church pews.

Aug 24, 2002

Walk around Old Montreal and...

Favorite thing Walk around Old Montreal and look around the art shops, galleries, and craft stores. The quaint feel of the city is remarkable.

Fondest memory Montreal has a wonderful European feel, and you don't need to cross the Atlantic ocean to experience it. Check it out.

Aug 24, 2002

The old Montreal... It's the...

Favorite thing The old Montreal... It's the most beautiful part of Montreal, mostly when you're from North America.
It looks a bit like France.

Fondest memory People is what makes you want to come back to Montreal.
We're so friendly !
Don't hesitate to ask you're way in Montreal, we're always happy to help.

Aug 24, 2002

View of city from Old Port

Favorite thing This is the view of the downtown skyline from the Jacques Cartier Pier down at the Old Port. One of the better places to appreciate both the splendid old and new architecture of the city.

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Aug 19, 2004

Things To Do in 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

Dorchester Square has a very nice parkland and has an interesting history. Initially used as an apple orchard the property was purchased by the Parish of Notre Dame for use as a Roman Catholic...
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Musée McCord d'Histoire Canadienne

This museum is hihly 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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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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Musée Stewart

This musuem is a recreation of the Fort St Helene. It contains a museum of artifacts from the military history of Montreal along with the personal eclectic collection of the founder David Stewart....
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