Montreal Travel Guide

  • Montreal
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    View from Mont-Royal
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    Oratory of St. Joseph
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Montreal Things to Do

  • Old Montreal

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Old Montreal is one of the most beautiful places in the city. It's filled with old buildings, cobblestone streets, etc from way back in the early days when Canada was being colonized by the French. There are also a lot of shops, restaurants, and in the pedestrian areas there are artists and performers.

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  • Mont-Royal

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Mount Royal is a large hill or small mountain in the city of Montreal, immediately west of downtown Montreal. The hill is part of the Monteregian Hills situated between the Laurentians and the Appalachians. The hill consists of three peaks: Colline de la Croix (or Mont Royal proper) at 764 ft, Colline d'Outremont (or Mount Murray), at 692 ft, and...

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  • Downtown

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Montreal's Underground Mall is the set of interconnected complexes above and below ground, in and around Downtown Montreal.. It is the largest underground complex in the world. Not all portions of the indoor city are underground, but the connections are considered tunnels architecturally and technically. There are over twenty miles of tunnels...

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Montreal Hotels

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Montreal Restaurants

  • Schwartz's

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Pouting, smoked meat sandwiches are on two huge menu boards in English and French. Cash only and people line up in front. Take out next door was pretty busy too. Best pouting I've had. Smoked meat sandwich was sweet and so soft and good. Communal tables, fast and friendly service.

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  • St. Viateur's Bagels

    4 out of 5 stars

    St. Viateur's looks like a mini factory the second you walk in. There's a guy with an impossibly long paddle lined with bagels that he's either putting into a large kiln-like looking oven, or taking out of the oven and dumping them into a big wooden trough. They have a few token varieties such as plain, seseme and poppy seed (the classics!) and if...

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  • Jardin Nelson

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    We enjoyed our crepes and fondue in a charming garden under over sized umbrellas with live Jazz in the heart of Old Montreal, Crepes, sangria's, salads and fondue were delicious, exceptional service, good music, people watching and an impressive variety of plants were special. The restaurant is seasonal and not opened in the freezing weather. The...

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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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  • St-Sulpice

    This was one of my favorite things about MTL. There are several rooms and different areas. There's an open area with tables where you can eat, drink and have a nice time chating with your friends. There's also different rooms: between the first ones there's a bar with a chill out music. In the las floor there's the disco itself with music for...

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Montreal Transportation

  • Metro

    The subway system in Montreal is called the "metro" like the one in Paris. It was inaugurated in 1966, just in time for Expo 67 (World Fairs). Every station was conceived by a distinct architect. Instead of travelling on a system where all stations are alike – which is the case for most metros in the world – Montrealers are commuting in a system...

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  • Buses

    There is a bus running to/from Trudeau airport and downtown Montreal - the 747. It runs 24/7, several times an hour (though only once an hour at night), the trip lasts 45-60min (depending on traffic conditions), and it stops at several locations downtown (the first/last of which is Berri-UQAM metro which is also the main bus station in Montreal)....

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  • Train

    Located at 895 de la Gauchetiere West Montréal,QC H3B 4G1,Canada and is underground at the Bonaventure Metro Station and the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel. The train station is a hub for train travel throughout Canada. Also, great shopping and eateries in the station as well. Go up one level and you have a very nice shopping mall to browse around...

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Montreal Shopping

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  • Old Montreal

    All along the cobblestone Rue St. Paul est, you can find shops, galleries and restaurants. You will also find the very large Marché Bonsecours building that has several shops inside. Along this route is a very nice wine store with lots and lots of wine related items. It makes for an interesting shopping experience. Clothing, Paintings, Sculptures,...

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  • Downtown

    The Flower stand at Ste. Catherine's is a colourful change to the grey buildings around. I have not noted any details of the stand and I wonder if there where any to write down. Anyway, you know where to go for fresh flowers. Flowers.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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Montreal Warnings and Dangers

  • Safety or not

    I lived in Montreal for 10 years in neighborhoods that are considered "bad". I was in my mid 20's and I am a white male. To start off, when you walk on the main streets in any borough and if you are walking with purpose, you are 99.99% safe. Areas that I have encountered that are sketchy "areas that you might actually find yourself as a tourist"...

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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. On especially snowy days, you...

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Montreal Tourist Traps

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

  • 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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  • 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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Montreal Sports & Outdoors

  • 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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  • Hockey

    If you can't get tickets to the Bell Centre to watch the Habs (Montreal Canadiens) play, or if they're playing an away game, go to any sports bar in town to watch the game. Sports bars have one or more big TVs showing the game live, so put on your Habs jersey and cheer them on with all the fans while drinking beer. It's going to be especially...

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  • Football

    I had never had the chance to see a Canadian Football League game before so I couldn't pass it up. Though people were certainly into the game, it was more comfortable and affordable than the NFL. A bus takes you from the subway right to Percival-Molson Stadium, which was a very nice field. It did seem weird watching football and hearing all the...

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Montreal General

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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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  • Festival

    Jazz is not the only music that is played at this venue. There are many free concerts offered around the downtown area. More than one stage is setup so if you do not like one group you can always go to another place. Most are held near the Hyatt and Hilton hotels as well as Place de Arts.

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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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Top 5 Urban Beaches: Montreal

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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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