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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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Language Tips (6)

Circulation

Be careful with some signalisation pannel:

Stop= Arret
Bridge= Pont
Highway/Expressway = Autoroute
Downtown=Centre-Ville
Exit = Sortie
Street/Avenue= Rue/Avenue
Blvd= Boul.

The speed limit is in KM/H, not MPH.
ALSO, BE CAREFUL WITH NO PARKING IN MONTREAL, it's very confusing

levoyageur
Jan 12, 2003

I've heard stories about the...

I've heard stories about the French mistreating or ignoring the English-speakers. I've never had this problem. There's no reason to feel self-conscious towards speaking french. They appreciate the effort and, besides, it's fun!

Birbao
Aug 25, 2002

Francais SVP?

As you know, Quebec is a French-speaking province so most people speaks French. But people are usually bilingual, meaning they speak both French and English, downtown or just English in specific English neighbourdhoods. French is usually only spoken in neighbourdhood east of St-Laurent Blvd or North of Mont-Royal.

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wahine76
Jul 18, 2005

Knowing French

Montreal is big and cosmopolitan, so it's generally easy to get around with only English. Though with the PQ government and OQLF (aka - language police), some hard-line separatists take advantage of the language laws and refuse to speak any language but French, even if they know English or another language. Many friends (and an ex-boyfriend) have told me that bus drivers have given them a hard time if they spoke to the driver in English, and some people will outright refuse to speak English and pretend not to know the language.

It's best to know a few words/phrases in French in case you encounter people who won't speak to you in any language but French. And if anything, even the locals who aren't hard-liners about language issues will appreciate that you are trying to speak their language.

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Beware of Arrogant french bus drivers

Ok i arrived in montreal at corval airport & im asking a bus driver where do i get the bus.

I have cerebal palsy, medication conditions, aniexty, I'm a retard , & basically I'm an idiot

SO im walking around the bus stop & the drive ris honking his horn & yelling at me. Im like shut up!!

So then i goto the bus terminal & i try to board the right bus to take me to a subway station & the guys just talks in french & i can't hear a dam word his translator is saying.

So i couldn't board the bus. I had to wait for the next one

If you can drive then hire a car instead

oznztofro
Jul 11, 2010

When I went there I made a...

When I went there I made a point of speaking to everyone first in french. Because of all the tensions that exist between Quebec and the rest of Canada I've heard that people sometimes can get upset when they're spoken english to. I didn't encounter it on my trip but I tried my awful french anyway. It's really quite pathetic. I had 6 years of french and I don't think I learned anything.

Aphrodite21
Aug 25, 2002

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