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didouche 09-23-2010 11:47 PM

The ''What to do in Montreal'' Thread version 4.0
 
:welcome: to our beautiful city and home of the 24 Stanley Cup winning :bow: Montreal Canadiens , the CFL's Montreal Alouettes and the MLS Montreal Impact and QJHML Boisbriand Armada

How to get tickets for the :habs

Tickets can be purchased on the Canadiens website
Ebay
Scalpers near the Bell Centre on game day

How to visit the Bell Centre
Directions

The Bell Centre's guided tours are available Monday through Sunday, from 9:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in French, as well as from 11:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in English. For additional information or for reservations, please call at (514) 925-5656 or 1 800 363-3723. You can also e-mail them at: services@centrebell.ca

If you want to buy Canadians Merchandise, go to the Habs Zone Team store

Come also check out the brand new Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame which is located inside the Bell Centre.
Check here for schedule information

Habs practices

Practices take place at the Complex Bell in Brossard or at the Bell Centre.
Check here for details as well as the latest habs news

How to get in Montreal

the 747 bus line from the STM is available from downtown to the airport and vice versa

You can come by train as well via Via Rail or Amtrack depending of your locations which will bring you to the Gare Centrale or The Central Station. It is located under the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, near Bonaventure Metro or McGill Metro.

You can come by bus as well with Greyhound or Coach Canada

How to get around in Montreal

Metro and Bus
Opening hours
Metro Map

Taxis : Taxi-coop
Taxi Diamond

Rentals Car: All of the companies listed here also have counters at Trudeau Airport.

A Montrealer's recommendation: Get a hotel in the downtown core and visit Montreal by foot and by metro. This is the best way to get a good feel for the city.
The metro is SUPER SAFE and will bring u to the main attractions and sights.

Sleeping :pillow:

There are many hotels in Montreal

For cheaper accommodations, Montreal also has a bunch of youth hostels including the Auberge de Jeunesse Montréal Hostelling International which is very close to the Bell Centre.

If you are coming to live check out Kijiji Montreal or Annonce 123 or the print versions of the major news paper in Montreal (La Presse, La Journal de Montréal, The Gazette) or even LesPacs

Eating and drinking Downtown

Breakfast

Near the Bell Centre

1) Eggspectation 3 Locations downtown: 1313 De Maisonneuve West (corner Montagne), in the Old Montreal and at the Complexe Desjardins

2) Chez Cora: 1240 Drummond St
3) Tutti Fruti 4024A Ste-Catherine near the Old Forum going West in Westmount

Off the beaten path

1) Lawrence Restaurant

Eating and Drinking downtown :cheers:

Irish pubs

1) Hurley’s One of the premiere Irish pubs in town where you might see some people (NHL people I mean after the games, even referees are known to go there) A beautiful pub, Irish style, with live music and a good choice of whisky’s. 1426 Bishop St.

2) Ye Olde Orchard: Downtown 1189 rue de la Montagne: My favourite place before the game because it's 3 min away from the Bell Center. Other locations across town. PERSONAL FAVOURITE.

3) Mckibins Location: St-Catherine & Bishop Guy Concordia Metro

4) Irish Embassy

5) McLean's Pub

Downtown Brewpubs

1) Brutopia : On Crescent but south of St-Catherine Guy Concordia Metro

2) Benelux Brasserie Artisanale et Café 245 Sherbrooke Street West corner Jeanne Mance. Located in an old bank, this trendy pub and micro-brewery serves fine micro-brews, made on the premises, in a welcoming and warm atmosphere. Beer there is a evolution (always changing). Very cool place to be. Close to St-Laurent and the downtown core

Off the beaten path

1) Dieu du ciel One of the best microbrewery's in Montreal

2) Brasserie Réservoir Great location on Duluth with a rooftop terrasse. Great beer.

Other sports bar

-Champs Bar and Restaurant: Champs has a reputation that has been built by consistently showing all the best sporting events from across the globe. Whatever you're itching to see, from the Formula 1 Circuit to European rugby leagues to soccer to baseball to hockey, you can be sure that Champs will be televising it no matter what the time of day. 3956 St Laurent. For a big event call to reserve a table (514) 987-6444.

In The French Quarter (10 minutes metro ride from the Bell Center area or a nice 30 minute walk) :wave:

-L'Barouf : St-Denis & Rachel st (Metro Mont-Royal). A french bar very cozy ; France world cup soccer headquarter

-The St-Elizabeth: the terrace is the nicest in MTL so go there on a nice sunny day.
Location: St-Catherine & St-Elizabeth near Berri-Uqam metro and St-Denis st.

-Le Saint-Sulpice: 1680, rue Saint Denis has the biggest Terrace in town

-Café Chaos 1637 St-Denis

-Les Foufounes Electriques:

-Bily Kun the name is Czech, meaning "White Horse" — is an institution in Montreal's Plateau district. Dim lighting, candles, and a huge bar give an intimate atmosphere, but Bily Kun gets hopping after 10PM with Montreal's hippest Francophones practically every night.

-Café campus Now larger, with three floors, and more accessible thanks to its proximity to the "Main" and St-Denis Street, Cafe Campus has doubled its clientele, revelers who come to see its live shows or traditional theme nights. 57, rue Prince-Arthur Est.

-La Quincaillerie bar with large tables and cool drinks.

-Bar Chez Baptiste Cool place to go on the Plateau or in Rosemont.

El Zaziummm: The Funkiest Restaurant in Montreal
The menu is a creative mix of Mexican-Californian and the food is of an absolute freshness. The servings are gigantesque, so much there are no desserts at all, none what so ever... Where you should find the dessert section on the menu it reads: "desserts: unbutton your pants instead!"

Other restaurants and places to eat

The pride of Montreal : Smoked meat

1) Schwartz has like the best smoked meat in country. If you're in Montreal, you must go to Schwartz's.

2) Reuben's

Vegetarian friendly restaurants

Burritoville on bishop

Santropol

Chu Chai 4088 St Denis St Excellent veggie place... the dumplings are just amazing!!! Chu Chai is a 100% vegetarian restaurant which features traditional Thai dishes prepared with imitation meats or tofu. Almost every dish is vegan, except for a few which contain eggs.

Le Commensal

Crudessence

Off the beaten path Vegetarian style

Santa Barbara 436 St-Zotique. Check the menu first as it changes periodically.

Aux Vivres

Montreal the Bagel factory

Fairmount Bagels 74 Fairmount West. Very good bagels as well... Some say the best (the best in my humble opinion)
St. Viateur's Bagels [/B] On Avenue du Parc and St. Viateur (south of Bernard and north or Laurier). Walk 1/2 block east and you'll find St. Viateur's bagels. Fresh, delicious, and ohhh so wonderful!

Asian Options in Montreal

-Kaizen Sushi Bar One of the best sushi places in Montreal. 4075 Ste-Catherine W. Near the old Forum basically in Westmount

-Beijing: One of the most recommended Chinese restaurants in the downtown core. Near the Palais des Congrès and the Holiday Inn. 92 de la Gauchetière W.

-Bleu Caramel 4517, rue de la Roché corner Mont-Royal St. A gem according to some of the forum members

-Sho Dan Another great sushi places in the downtown area. 2020 Metcalfe located on the corner of Metcalfe and Maisonneuve. Peel Metro

-Mikado
Japanese restaurant a little bit more elegant Sushi is excellent. Call to reserve. 1731 St-Denis Berri UQAM Metro

Meat Meat Meat places!!!!

Baton Rouge
160 Ste-Catherine W
1050 De le Montagne St (right beside the Bell centre)
Bar-B-Barn : 1201 Guy. Guy Concordia Metro
The Keg
Le Milsa Brazilian restaurant. Go crazy meat place!!
Burger de ville

I'm a foodie where do I go in Montreal?

Joe Beef One of the best new restaurants in MTL. Great reviews.

Santos Tapas

Beaver Hall

Le club Chasse et Pêche

Jardin Nelson has one nicest terrace+ a jazz band playing and it's right in the center of the Old port but go their early and expect a 10-15 wait time if you want to go in the terrace. Food is excellent! 13-16$ for a main course!

Restaurant Au pied de cochon 536 rue Duluth corner St-Denis
Méchant Boeuf In the Old Port
Satay Brothers

Other options

-Le Latini 1130 Jeanne Mance St. One of the best Italian restaurants in town according to many
-Le Nil Bleu is one of those rare Ethiopian restaurants to offer flavourful, yet exotic meals that beg to be discovered. 3706, rue Saint-Denis.

Casa De Mateo Mexican Restaurant in Old Montreal

Vasco de Gama One of the best places in town for sandwiches
1472 Peel St
La Couscoussière Ali Baba (moroccan food)


Other more elegant type of establishment to go with your other half

Chao Phraya 50 Laurier W.
Modavie 1 St-Paul st. (514 287-9582)
Le Piment Rouge one of the best Asian restaurants in the city from many reviewers

For a great wine tasting establishment BU 5245 St-Laurent (514 276-0279) Toqué! 900 place Jean-Paul Riopelle, near rue St-Antoine (514 499-2084)

Buona Notte Super-chic Italian place known to be a meeting place for the Habs after games 3518 bd. St-Laurent, near Sherbrooke St (514 848-0644)

Chez Roberto. Great Italian restaurant and great gelato. 2221 Bélanger East (between Iberville & De Lorimier)

L'assommoir in the Old Port

La bottega in Little Italy. One of the best pizza's in MTL

Last but no least the Poutine section :poutine:

La Banquise 994 Rachel E. Open 24/7 Mont-Royal Metro
La Belle Province (various locations)
Patati Patata 4177 St-Laurent Sherbrooke metro
Mondo Fritz 3899 St-Laurent Sherbrooke Metro
Frite Alors
Chez Claudette 351 Laurier ave near St-Denis St.
Maamm Bolduc 4351 Lorimer Papineau Metro
Poutine Lafleur 3665 Rue Wellington Lionel-Groulx Metro

Things to see and to do in Montreal :vhappy:

Olympic Stadium, the home of the Montreal Expos (Rest in Peace)
4141 avenue Pierre de Coubertin (metro Pie-IX).
Built for the 1976 Montreal Olympics, this amazing and controversial building's tower (from which the roof is suspended) is the world's tallest leaning structure. The roof, which could originally be raised, has been replaced numerous times and is the source of great local controversy. You can take a funicular to the top of the Olympic Tower for an incredible view of the city.

Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal for a little religion.
The largest church in Canada. A favourite pilgrimage for devotees of Brother André, who was reputed to have healed the sick and handicapped. Includes a remarkable collection of crutches and canes from the healed.

Montréal Botanical Garden
The Insectarium of Montreal
The Planetarium of Montreal

The Museums:

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal

McCord Museum of Canadian History

The Old City includes

The Old Port
The Basilique Notre-Dame
Montreal Museum of Archeology and History
Centre d'histoire de Montréal
Montreal Science centre

Montréal offers shoppers a sweet deal with its “underground city.” A 30-km (18.5-mi.) network of shopping malls and corridors connects major stores, restaurants, hotels, museums, cinemas and theatres and provides access to metro, train and bus stations. The network brings 2,000 businesses in contact with dozens of residential complexes and office buildings. Nearly 500,000 people walk these subterranean corridors each day, where they are sheltered from the inclemencies of weather.

Mont-Royal
Includes a necessary visit to this very hip neighbourhood in Montreal: the Plateau Mont-Royal. Favoured for its proximity to downtown, the Plateau is a human-scale neighbourhood popular for its intense cultural life, trendy restaurants and urban, friendly lifestyle. A favourite with the artistic community, the neighbourhood begins just east of Mont Royal and converges around Parc Lafontaine. Major shopping avenues alternate with quiet streets that are lined with the city’s characteristic low-rise dwellings and curving outdoor staircases.
During the summer and on a sunday go see the Tam Tam on the heels of mont-royal.


The Latin Quarter

Located around the Université du Québec à Montréal, this small student quarter teems with life and action. The popular Rue Saint-Denis is chock-a-block with bars, cafés, bistros, bookstores and boutiques of all kinds. Various cinemas and theatres, along with the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec, the Cinémathèque québécoise and the National Film Board of Canada, make the area one of the city’s favourite cultural haunts.
Metro Berri-UQAM

The Quartier des spectacles

This area, located at the hub of the city’s cultural action, has long welcomed numerous international festivals. It boasts some 30 entertainment venues, including the halls at Place des arts, art galleries and alternative cultural centres. The entertainment district’s list of luminary sites includes the Théâtre du Nouveau-Monde, the Monument-National, the Society for Arts and Technology, the Metropolis and Club Soda.
The Montreal International Jazz Festival takes place here as well as the Francofolies (french music festival)
Metro Place-des-Arts

Chinatown

Corner of Saint-Laurent Blvd. and de La Gauchetière Street

Chinatown’s dates back to the 1860s when Chinese immigrants came to Canada to work in the mines and on the railroads. They settled mainly along de La Gauchetière Street near Saint-Laurent Boulevard. Today the district is less residential than commercial but it has kept its Asian flavour. The Chinese community continues to shop and celebrate its traditional festivals and holidays here.
The bustling streets are designed for pedestrian traffic; it is easy to imagine oneself in a small town in China. The narrow streets are lined with shops selling exotic foods, traditional crafts, martial arts accessories, herbs and natural medicines, Asian medical services and acupuncture. The large arches at the entrance to the district and the pagodas on the Holiday Inn Select Montréal Centre-Ville roof are reminders of traditional Chinese architecture. The arches are replicas of Chinese imperial gates. At Sun Yat-Sen (corner of Clark and de La Gauchetière Streets), which honours the philosopher and political figure recognized as the father of modern China, visitors can rest and watch street life. Continue exploring the neigbourhood and notice the Wing building at the corner of de La Gauchetière and Côté Streets. Built in 1826, it is now home to a fortune-cookie manufacturer. The first Chinese laundry was established in 1877 at the corner of Saint-Antoine and Jeanne-Mance Streets, followed by the first grocery, the Sun Ling Lung market at 72A de La Gauchetière Street. The Holy Spirit Chinese Catholic mission building at 205 de La Gauchetière Street West contains a remarkable Oriental painting of the stations of the cross, by a Chinese artist and his son. The building was designated a historical monument in 1977.

Little Italy

Little Italy is vibrant and contains more than a few cultural treasures. Churches, shops, trattorias and cafés are regularly frequented by members of the Italian-Canadian community and Montrealers of all backgrounds. Italian Canadians, the largest ethnic group in the Montréal area, can generally trace their roots to Little Italy, where many families settled at the end of the 19th century and after World War II.
A community centre housing several Italian associations, the Casa d’Italia was built in 1936 in the Modern style by the architect Patsy Colangelo. Along Jean-Talon and Drolet Streets you can see the typical Montréal residential architecture of the early 20th century, with the exterior, wrought iron, winding staircases and backyard vegetable gardens, often shaded by grape vines. Saint-Laurent Boul. and Dante Street are lined with trattorias, cafés and shops.
Jean-Talon Metro
Make a stop in the Marché Jean Talon

In the Jean-Talon Market area:

Start your day with one if not the best cappuccino shop in the city at Cafe San Simeon (Cash only). If you want some of the best bread in the city, go to Joe la croûte. After a good day of shopping, go grab a drink le Pourvoyeur. Loved their black velvet!!!

Take some time to pass by the Atwater Market
After its 75 years of existence, Atwater Market is still well-loved by Montrealers. Try Pizza! a pizza place there. Probably one of the best pizza places in Montreal
For chocolate lovers don't forget Chocolats Geneviève Grandbois it's a must.

Let's relax in Montreal

Away Spa W Hotel, 901 Victoria Square (514) 395-3160
Ovarium 400 Beaubien Street East (514) 271-7515
Rainspa Place d’Armes Hôtel & Suites 55 Saint-Jacques Street (514)282-2727
Mann 449 Viger Street West (514)395-0707
Spa Eastman 666, rue Sherbrooke Ouest, 16e étage (514) 845-8455

Other attractions

Casino de Montréal The casino is located a separate island, Ile Notre-Dame, where there's also the Gilles Villeneuve F1 track, and next to Ile Ste-Helene where you'll find Parc Jean-Drapeau and La Ronde
You can get there by metro (station Jean Drapeau). There's a shuttle from the metro to the casino.
By car you have easy access through de la Concorde Bridge or Jacques-Cartier Bridge if ever you're coming from the South Shore.

Winter activities :brrr:

-Year-round ice-skating available at the Atrium 1000, rue De La Gauchetière.

-Skating is offered on a huge ice surface as well in the Old port

-Montréal High Lights Festival Revel in an atmosphere of light and warmth in the middle of winter. This 11-day festival features hundreds of exceptional gastronomic and wine tasting activities, shows, exhibits, concerts and a free outdoor illuminated site (from Thursday to Sunday) at the Old Port and Old Montréal.

-Fête des neiges Parc Jean-Drapeau will be transformed into a vast snow-and-ice playground where the young and less young can indulge in the wintry pleasures offered by the most magical outdoor event you can experience with family or friends.

-Montreal Fringe festival Théâtre MainLine Theatre
3997, boul. St-Laurent

Winter activities near the Montreal Area (30-2h away from downtown MTL)

Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort One of the most well known ski resorts in Quebec and Canada. The number one ski resort in Eastern North America according to the readers of Ski Magazine, is sure to satisfy all winter sports enthusiasts. Be it downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or dogsledding, Tremblant has something for everyone!

Mont Saint-Sauveur is known as a year-round international-level sports centre. Through its sophisticated snow-making system, it has always had the longest ski season in Québec, sometimes running into early June, operating simultaneously with its water park, the most beautiful in Canada. Known as the night ski capital of North America, the Saint-Sauveur Valley, with its 3 megawatts of lighting, invites you to a dazzling and unique experience.

Parc Linéaire Le Petit Train du Nord Recreational/tourist corridor built on a former rail bed, between Saint-Jérôme and Mont-Laurier. The 200-km (120-mi.) long linear park crosses the magnificent Laurentides region in a north-to-south direction. Summer activities include cycling and hiking, winter activities include cross-country skiing between Saint-Jérôme and Val-David (40 km / 25 mi.), and snowmobiling (117 km).

Sugar Shacks or Cabane à sucre are very popular in Quebec since the province of Québec is by far the world's largest producer (about 75% of the worldwide production). For some suggestions see here. There are some in pretty much all the regions in Quebec
Mont Sutton Skiing slops in a natural park in the Eastern Townships
Mont Bromont: North America's largest lit skiable area offers 104 trails spread over seven hillsides. Location: Eastern Townships
Mont Orford


Summer activities

Sports

Formula 1 Montreal Grand Prix One of the busiest 4 day weekends in the Downtown core. All the teams have their own showing stands where they bring their cars and they can be seen by everyone. Usually the Ferrari's are on Peel St. Others will be on St-Laurent and Crescent. Fun period to be in Montreal.

Rogers Cup Tennis Tournament One year the men one year the wowen.

Montreal Bike Fest For eight days, from the Metropolitan Challenge, to the Tour la Nuit to the famous Tour de l’Île de Montréal, the bicycle will be celebrated in Montréal.



Festivals

Montreal Jazz Festival Usually at the end of june. One of the best Jazz festivals in the world with lots of indoor and outdoor shows from artists from all over the world.

Just for laughs Festival This event, the world's biggest comedy festival, has Montréal in stitches with its galas, theatre, stand-up performances and street entertainment. It welcomes 700 international artists and over two million festival-goers who flock to its 1,500 shows, including 1,300 free outdoor performances.

Les Francofolies de Montréal For the 19th consecutive year, the world's second largest French-speaking city hosts the largest musical event in the French-speaking world: The FrancoFolies de Montréal! This popular event, reputed for its cultural diversity and enlivened by music and street art, attracts over half a million spectators and some 1 000 artists, musicians, singing stars and budding talents from approximately twenty countries. This one-of-a-kind event, which takes place in the heart of downtown Montréal, offers 50 indoor performances and some 150 outdoor shows--the latter free of charge.

Festival international Nuits d'Afrique A world-class musical event celebrating the spirit of Africa and the Caribbean. Over 400 major artists. Thousands of visitors attend these incredible indoor and outdoor shows. Take part in workshops, visit arts and crafts displays and the African market, and sample exotic cuisine.

-L'International des Feux Loto-Québec Montréal's international fireworks competition at La Ronde. Let yourself be taken on an imaginary journey as the world's greatest pyrotechnical wizards work their magic to create a majestic ballet that unfolds throughout the night sky. The fireworks can be seen on the Jacques Cartier bridge or take the Metro to Papineau Metro and follow the crowd.

Mondial de la bière A beer-tasting adventure showcasing the many different flavours of beer, cider and food. Enchanting indoor and outdoor sites and a festive musical ambiance. Don't miss the conferences, workshops and cooking demonstrations offered on site.

Fantasia International Film FestivalThis is North America's top genre film festival. The event showcases the most exciting, innovative and individualistic genre films from around the world: action, alternative documentary, animation, comedy, fantasy, history, martial arts, police drama, science fiction, suspense and urban drama.

La fête des enfants de Montréal This major event, entirely free and non-commercial, invites families to participate in about 100 activities at Parc Maisonneuve, amid a spirit of cultural exchange.

Piknic Electronik The Piknic Électronik aims to showcase the best of Montréal’s and international electronic music scene to a diversified clientele, whether new or seasoned music lovers, in an environment created to stimulate the senses. This weekly event is a time of discovery.


Holidays

Saint-Jean Baptiste Day: The Fête nationale du Québec ("Quebec National Holiday") is an official holiday of Quebec, The festivities occur on June 24 and are organized by the Comité organisateur de la fête nationale ("national holiday organizing committee"). Originally, June 24 was a holiday honouring one of the patron saints of Quebec, St. John the Baptist, and in ordinary conversation the day is still often called la Saint-Jean by Quebecers.
Although the holiday has official status only in Quebec, it is also celebrated by francophones in other Canadian provinces and in the United States as a festival of French Canadian culture. The Big party is at the Parc Maissoneuve on the 24th but you will find many festivities all over Montreal.

Canada Day: 1st of the July. All day celebrations as well but fireworks and a show in the Old port on the Scène du quai Jacques-Cartier highlight the day.


Outdoor activities

Canal Lachine The Lachine Canal was built in 1825 as a means of bypassing the Lachine Rapids on the St. Lawrence River. Closed to shipping since 1970, the Lachine Canal National Historic Site now offers a 14-kilometre (8.7-mile) bicycle and pedestrian pathway, many picnic areas and open green spaces. Since 2002, the Canal has been open for navigation. Contact us for information about the nautical shuttle, tours and all other interpretation activities. The Lachine Lock Visitor Service Centre (500 des Iroquois Road) presents a permanent exhibition on the Lachine Canal. The Lachine Canal offers a wide range of visits that vary in duration. Access to the site is free, but a fee is charged for visits.
There is a bike path that goes threw the canal which is simply amazing for a relaxing afternoon.

Enjoy some jetboading on the St-Laurent river

La Ronde the city's main amusement park

Quebec offers a wide range a camping sites within national parks, wildlife reserves that are worth seeing

Looking for a cottage, check out this site
http://rental.bytheowner.com/

Fel 96 09-24-2010 12:34 AM

wow, that's what I call a real Complete list.


great job

didouche 09-24-2010 06:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Fel 96 (Post 27918851)
wow, that's what I call a real Complete list.


great job

thanks darz and fel96. I have some additions to make so it will be easier for me to edit (actually already added some user suggestions ;)

CoopersFalls 09-25-2010 02:06 PM

OT: Coming To Montreal
 
Hey,

A friend and I are coming to Montreal on Monday from Ontario to see the Habs play the Panthers in the preseason game. Just wondering whats a close by hotel to stay at that isn't too expensive or fancy (were in college, not alot of extra money haha) ?

Any help or any other info we should know, thanks alot!

LeHab 09-25-2010 02:14 PM

http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=821943

Have you checked this thread? Have fun in Montreal.

Analyzer* 09-25-2010 03:02 PM

Budget ? If you can afford 130 bucks a night, Hotel Du Fort is for you. Really nice place and about a, err 10 minute walk(give, or take) from the bell centre.

CoopersFalls 09-26-2010 01:12 AM

Uhh, I don't know what the average cost is for a hotel in a big city like that. Doesn't have to be anything fancy, just something within 30-45 minutes from the Bell Centre.

CoopersFalls 09-26-2010 01:22 AM

Also, how's parking at the Bell Centre? Is it avail, if not, where do most people park?

LeafsGuru93 09-26-2010 05:37 PM

Merci everyone!!! I had a GREAT time in Montreal from the 22-24th. I can't thank you guy enough for all the help you have given me.

We encountered one extremely rude bus driver, the rest of the people were very, very helpful. This one guy we asked on the streets, even took out his Iphone and showed us directions to the restaurant we were trying to get to.

We went to fine Art museum & saw this:

http://i871.photobucket.com/albums/a...fsGuru/013.jpg

http://i871.photobucket.com/albums/a...00922-1258.jpg

I really like your bike paths on the streets, (I don't know if that is all over Montreal, but it was on St.Catherine St. , Sherbrooke St and a few other main streets.) how you have concrete cement dividing the cars from the bikes. :yo: ... I wish Toronto had that.

Our stay @ 1110 Sherbrooke was a good hotel, (Hotel Le Cantlie) I recommended it to anyone. Peel Metro is right near there, so you can get to places easily.

- If Museums are your thing, there are 2 on Sherbrooke, by the hotel, you can walk there.

One the street on the 23rd this lady passed in front of me, & she said "ca va" What does that mean??

Mont-Royal is really nice. Notre-Dame Basilica is a MUST see for anyone. Even Montrealers should see it once..

I noticed Montrealers the norm is wearing backpacks, every age & gender, not only high schoolers & university students.

The only bad thing we noticed is there were lots of people asking for money (& I'm not talking just holding out a baseball hat sitting down on the sidewalk) they would follow us a bit & keep on asking us. (we never gave in)

....this one guy asked us, we said no & he started singing "pretty woman" to us while following us.

.... This other guy asked us, we said no, then he came right up to us face to face, saying he needs money for food.

That aggressive- in your face panhandlers scared us a bit, but other then that we loved Montreal, I can't wait to go back!!!

LyricalLyricist 09-26-2010 05:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LeafsGuru (Post 27960616)
Merci everyone!!! I had a GREAT time in Montreal from the 22-24th. I can't thank you guy enough for all the help you have given me.

We encountered one extremely rude bus driver, the rest of the people were very, very helpful. This one guy we asked on the streets, even took out his Iphone and showed us directions to the restaurant we were trying to get to.

We went to fine Art museum & saw this:

http://i871.photobucket.com/albums/a...fsGuru/013.jpg

http://i871.photobucket.com/albums/a...00922-1258.jpg

I really like your bike paths on the streets, (I don't know if that is all over Montreal, but it was on St.Catherine St. , Sherbrooke St and a few other main streets.) how you have concrete cement dividing the cars from the bikes. :yo: ... I wish Toronto had that.

Our stay @ 1110 Sherbrooke was a good hotel, (Hotel Le Cantlie) I recommended it to anyone. Peel Metro is right near there, so you can get to places easily.

- If Museums are your thing, there are 2 on Sherbrooke, by the hotel, you can walk there.

One the street on the 23rd this lady passed in front of me, & she said "ca va" What does that mean??

Mont-Royal is really nice. Notre-Dame Basilica is a MUST see for anyone. Even Montrealers should see it once..

I noticed Montrealers the norm is wearing backpacks, every age & gender, not only high schoolers & university students.

The only bad thing we noticed is there were lots of people asking for money (& I'm not talking just holding out a baseball hat sitting down on the sidewalk) they would follow us a bit & keep on asking us. (we never gave in)

....this one guy asked us, we said no & he started singing "pretty woman" to us while following us.

.... This other guy asked us, we said no, then he came right up to us face to face, saying he needs money for food.

That aggressive- in your face panhandlers scared us a bit, but other then that we loved Montreal, I can't wait to go back!!!

You were actually imbetween two major english universities in montreal. Concordia and Mcgill. Literally right in the middle lol

The bike paths aren't always like that, it's just certain places and very rare.

As for your encounter with homeless people, they usually ask and I walk away and they leave me alone.

Glad you had fun.

LeHab 09-26-2010 06:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LeafsGuru (Post 27960616)

One the street on the 23rd this lady passed in front of me, & she said "ca va" What does that mean??

It can mean different things depending on the situation. When asked as a question, it usually means "how is it going" or "what is up". It can also mean "are you ok?" if you seem hurt/confused/lost or wearing a Leafs jersey. ;)

LeafsGuru93 09-26-2010 09:15 PM

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Originally Posted by persh (Post 27961740)
It can mean different things depending on the situation. When asked as a question, it usually means "how is it going" or "what is up". It can also mean "are you ok?" if you seem hurt/confused/lost or wearing a Leafs jersey. ;)

Excusez-moi Monsieur, but I think you mean a Sens jersey. :nod:

I'm not your typical Leafs fan, I don't mind the habs at all, never have since '92. (yeah when you play the Leafs of course I don't want you to win, but I don't get all pissed off & troll your board) I'm a very nice gal, that loves my Leafs & HATES the sens.

Le CH 09-27-2010 04:22 PM

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Originally Posted by didouche (Post 27919875)
thanks darz and fel96. I have some additions to make so it will be easier for me to edit (actually already added some user suggestions ;)

Didouche you might want to edit this section since its no longer valide/up-to-date...

Usually at the end of june. One of the best Jazz festivals in the world with lots of indoor and outdoor shows from artists from all over the world.
Some of the artists coming this year:
Woody Allen
Leonard Cohen
Aretha Franklin
Coral Egan

BLONG7 09-28-2010 07:32 AM

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Originally Posted by didouche (Post 27919875)
thanks darz and fel96. I have some additions to make so it will be easier for me to edit (actually already added some user suggestions ;)

Always amazed at what a great job you do on this thread.....you are an ambassador to Montreal!!! Great job !!!

mat_sens 09-29-2010 09:40 AM

I know it's not Montreal but maybe some of you could help me. I heading to Québec city for January 2-4 with my girlfriend. I would like to know if their are any suggestions on what to do in the winter and where to stay. Thanks.

Vic Rattlehead* 09-29-2010 02:00 PM

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Originally Posted by LyricalLyricist (Post 27960877)
As for your encounter with homeless people, they usually ask and I walk away and they leave me alone.

Glad you had fun.

I do the same unless they can differentiate themselves from other homeless people, such as the guy on Crescent with the "Too ugly for prostitution" sign.

LaurentHabs 09-29-2010 10:24 PM

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Originally Posted by LeafsGuru
Mont-Royal is really nice. Notre-Dame Basilica is a MUST see for anyone. Even Montrealers should see it once..

My high school is just on the other side of the Road. Brother André used to be the Doorman &Hair-dresser :)

Im glad you liked your stay, and am sorry that those people begging for Money gave you a bitter reminder. I never encountered something of such, so i suppose it was just special ocasions. Hope you come back soon!

senators101 10-03-2010 02:48 PM

Hey guys. Planning an impromptu trip from toronto at some point this week for maybe 2 nights. There's way too much info in the OP to get started. It's going to be me and a special friend. I haven't been in at least 10-15 years so I'm not sure where to go.

I think we want to go shopping (is there a place to get good deals?). What's a good place to stay that's reasonably priced? She's vegetarian but I'm not. I would like to try the local beers for sure, so a nice bar would be great (she doesn't drink though) so as long as it's a nice place she'd be cool with it. We're driving in so we'll have a car available everywhere.

I think the plan is to leave either tomorrow evening or tuesday morning and come back on thursday. Any help would be awesome.

Also, what's the best place for poutine? The posted list is huuuge.

Thanks y'all.

eyeball11 10-03-2010 05:06 PM

While outside the dowtown of Montreal, I came across a nice restaurant basically in a strip mall on my way to the KOA I was staying at in August. It's called Villa Massimo. Very nice atmosphere, extremely knowledgable servers (actually the owner was one of the servers). One of the better wine selections you'll find. I was really surprised given its location.

For the person asking about Quebec City, I can't say much about accomodations (again stayed at KOA) but for food I aain found an nice spot called Pizza Max (down by the old port). Pizza may sound ordinary but they had some really interesting selections. I had a duck, pear, spinach and goat cheese pizza. Very tasty!

eyeball11 10-03-2010 05:07 PM

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Originally Posted by senators101 (Post 28083340)
Hey guys. Planning an impromptu trip from toronto at some point this week for maybe 2 nights. There's way too much info in the OP to get started. It's going to be me and a special friend. I haven't been in at least 10-15 years so I'm not sure where to go.

I think we want to go shopping (is there a place to get good deals?). What's a good place to stay that's reasonably priced? She's vegetarian but I'm not. I would like to try the local beers for sure, so a nice bar would be great (she doesn't drink though) so as long as it's a nice place she'd be cool with it. We're driving in so we'll have a car available everywhere.

I think the plan is to leave either tomorrow evening or tuesday morning and come back on thursday. Any help would be awesome.

Also, what's the best place for poutine? The posted list is huuuge.

Thanks y'all.

I'll ask a friend of mine but she mentioned a vegetarian place there that is supposedly awesome.

didouche 10-03-2010 09:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Habstastic (Post 27977425)
Didouche you might want to edit this section since its no longer valide/up-to-date...

Usually at the end of june. One of the best Jazz festivals in the world with lots of indoor and outdoor shows from artists from all over the world.
Some of the artists coming this year:
Woody Allen
Leonard Cohen
Aretha Franklin
Coral Egan

done sir!

didouche 10-03-2010 09:28 PM

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Originally Posted by senators101 (Post 28083340)
Hey guys. Planning an impromptu trip from toronto at some point this week for maybe 2 nights. There's way too much info in the OP to get started. It's going to be me and a special friend. I haven't been in at least 10-15 years so I'm not sure where to go.

I think we want to go shopping (is there a place to get good deals?). What's a good place to stay that's reasonably priced? She's vegetarian but I'm not. I would like to try the local beers for sure, so a nice bar would be great (she doesn't drink though) so as long as it's a nice place she'd be cool with it. We're driving in so we'll have a car available everywhere.

I think the plan is to leave either tomorrow evening or tuesday morning and come back on thursday. Any help would be awesome.

Also, what's the best place for poutine? The posted list is huuuge.

Thanks y'all.

Bars:
- Benelux Brasserie Artisanale et Café 245 Sherbrooke Street West corner Jeanne Mance. Located in an old bank, this trendy pub and micro-brewery serves fine micro-brews, made on the premises, in a welcoming and warm atmosphere. Beer there is a evolution (always changing). Very cool place to be. Close to St-Laurent and the downtown core
- Dieu du ciel One of the best microbrewery's in Montreal

Poutine: La Banquise 994 Rachel E. Open 24/7 Mont-Royal Metro


Vegetarian friendly restaurant

-Chu Chai 4088 St Denis St Excellent veggie place... the dumplings are just amazing!!! Chu Chai is a 100% vegetarian restaurant which features traditional Thai dishes prepared with imitation meats or tofu. Almost every dish is vegan, except for a few which contain eggs.

didouche 10-03-2010 09:31 PM

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Originally Posted by mat_sens (Post 28009468)
I know it's not Montreal but maybe some of you could help me. I heading to Québec city for January 2-4 with my girlfriend. I would like to know if their are any suggestions on what to do in the winter and where to stay. Thanks.

http://www.lemassif.com/en/accueil

didouche 10-03-2010 09:34 PM

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Originally Posted by BLONG7 (Post 27988008)
Always amazed at what a great job you do on this thread.....you are an ambassador to Montreal!!! Great job !!!

thank you sir ;)

Fel 96 10-03-2010 10:10 PM

didouche for president. :D

love your avatar.


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