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07-14-2006, 03:28 PM
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In Gaspesie, there is a pretty large english community (well in relation to the total population!) so don't limit yourself to Montreal because of the language issue.

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07-16-2006, 02:34 AM
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I've been in Montreal the past week and have had an outstanding time (the weather has been somewhat overwhelming though!).

I went out to 737 tonight, and had an awesome time. It was a great club, with a lot of great people who you can just approach and have a chat with. The patio out near the roof was pretty solid too.

What are some other good places to have a few drinks and chill? That's something I like about Montreal, it's really easy to just wind down, oftentimes with people you don't really know. For me, language isn't really a problem. Even though I'm an anglophone, I speak French fairly well, that I can get along with most people. It's a fantastic city, that I am finding out very quickly! I went to the Bell Centre today for the tour, and felt completely at home. What a place!

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07-16-2006, 02:58 AM
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at least 50% of the population speak english in montreal as a primary language, and I'd say at least 70% can hold a conversation in english. The further north you go into the province, the less likely you'll find english speaking peoples

But I really don't see how you could get problems unless you really go deep into eastern montreal.

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I've been in Montreal the past week and have had an outstanding time (the weather has been somewhat overwhelming though!).

I went out to 737 tonight, and had an awesome time. It was a great club, with a lot of great people who you can just approach and have a chat with. The patio out near the roof was pretty solid too.

What are some other good places to have a few drinks and chill? That's something I like about Montreal, it's really easy to just wind down, oftentimes with people you don't really know. For me, language isn't really a problem. Even though I'm an anglophone, I speak French fairly well, that I can get along with most people. It's a fantastic city, that I am finding out very quickly! I went to the Bell Centre today for the tour, and felt completely at home. What a place!
I thought you lived here! It says so on your profile.

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To the original poster: here is a nice thread on a other forum that will give u a bunch of places to go visit:
http://www.howardforums.com/showthre...light=montreal

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I thought you lived here! It says so on your profile.
I've changed that, because I'm here studying for the next month!

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07-16-2006, 10:55 AM
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If you come, make sure to go to Van Horne Pizzeria!!!

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07-16-2006, 11:14 AM
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Just don't wear your Bruins jersey. That might blow your cover.

Actually, there are a decent amount of Bruins trait....er, fans, here as it is.

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07-16-2006, 11:26 AM
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Here's my list:

Old Port (adjacent to Old Montreal): Top of the clock tower, Boat ride? Aquabus? Bateau Mouche? 1hr, Balade de Vieux Port (tour tram), peddle boats, rollerblading/bike path along Lachine Canal

Old Montreal: astounding mix of Edwardian, Victorian and French architecture, Cartier Square, The old and new City Halls, Nelson Statue, Place D’Armes: New York Life Bldg-Bank of Montreal (Canada’s oldest bank)-Basilique Notre Dame (Montreal's oldest Catholic church, built in 1656), Rue St-Paul (restaurants/bars/shopping), Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours, Chateau Ramezay, Place D'Armes, Champ de Mars (Battle of Quebec), Montreal Stock Exchange Tour, Centre d'histoire Montreal (335, place D'Youville), Pointe-a-Calliere (great history of Montreal museum)

Mount Royal: lookouts (several), chalet, Beaver Lake, view of mountains in New England.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, McCord, Hotel Dieu (hospital museum)

Shopping areas and areas of interest:
Ste-Catherine Street (main shopping district), Underground City
Both Rue St. Denis and St. Laurent connected by Duluth, Rachel, Mount Royal
Prince Arthur from St.Laurent to Carre St-Louis
Mont Royal Avenue (between St. Laurent and St. Denis)..boutiques
Latin Quarter (Quartier Latin), Bernard Street, Mile-End
Rue Laval (collection of old mansions)

Out of the way:
Maison Saint-Gabriel
Oratoire Saint-Joseph
Ile Notre Dame Beach
Olympic Stadium Tower lookout, sadly no more Expos, Aqua Dome, indoor water park
Gay village, stay on Ste-Catherine and go east of Berri or go to Beaudry Metro
Sulpician Seminar, Built in 1683, this structure is the oldest in the city.
Horizon Roc - gaming, entertainment center
La Ronde
Fireworks
Blue Bonnets race track
Casino: No craps, expensive tables. Not well done.
CFL football (Alouettes)

Bars:
Crescent Street and Ste-Catherine - a four block radius around there.
St-Laurent Street (start at Sherbrooke and walk up)

Dinner:
http://www.aupieddecochon.ca
L'Express bistro on St. Denis (French; Parisian bistro) - "solid"
Rosalie on Mountain (French) http://www.rosalierestaurant.com/ (the new French bistro of choice for lunch or dinner; bold flavors..$$$$)
YoYo (French) http://english.montrealplus.ca/infosite/479545/ divine Steak Tartare (Raw beef)

Lunch:
cafe santropol Saint-Urbain and Duluth http://www.santropol.com/
Au Bec Fin (5607 Parc Ave., 514-278-6134), Haitian; don't order griot
Chef Stef Bistro for lunch(a new restaurant) located at 376 Notre Dame West
China Town for dim sum
Delmos on Notre Dame (old Montreal)...an art deco bar with cozy restaurant in back
My fav italian in Old Montreal is Da Emma on De La Commune. 514.392.1568

Breakfast:
'Une Crepe' on St.Viateur walk thru neighborhood and eat a crepe
Fairmount Bagel Bakery (74 Fairmount Ave. W., 514-272-0667) and St-Viateur Bagels (263 St. Viateur W., 514-276-8044).
Creperie Bretonne Ty-Breiz 933 Rachel Street East (514)521-1444 MUST DO
Toi, Moi, et Café on Laurier near St-Denis is quite good for breakfast and for coffee.
Jardin Nelson is a lovely spot in Old Montreal, but it isn't a specialty Creperie. Great crepes crepes, salads, and sandwiches -- all excellent
Cube, at the St. Paul hotel has yummy breakfast.Old Mtlwww.hotelstpaul.com.
Patisserie de Gascogne

2. Creperie Le Triskell 3470 St. Denis Street (514) 281-1012

the best Montreal brunch is at Savannah, on St. Laurent and Mont Royal. it's nice enough to sit out on their huge garden terrace.

Toque: We ordered the tasting menu, which was a good choice. It wasn’t too much food, and every bite was terrific. The ingredients were top-notch and very intelligently prepared. We were also impressed by the intelligent and helpful wait staff. We would go again in a minute, but it’s a long way from home.

Hotel:
Auberge Place Royale Old Mtl

Romantic:
"Au Vieux Port" in old montreal
Then horsedrawn carriage
Musee d'art contemporain
Toque: gourmet menu with the foie gras expensive


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07-16-2006, 11:30 AM
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If you want problems with the language, just visit Paris. Quebecers are really not "at war" with english speaking, black and yellow outfit dudes.
I've been to Paris and various cities in Quebec and I would have to say that people in Paris were much more friendlier and very accomodating to English speaking me... especially once they saw that I was attempting to communicate to them using my very broken French.

I'd say overall, I found people of France much more friendlier than those of Quebec province.

As for Montreal, I've had no problems in Montreal due to English in my many visits there.
I've had some problems in Quebec city. Some pretend that they don't understand you even though you just heard them speaking in English to someone else a moment before...but mostly, they are accomdating.

I feel that the problems are the smaller cities...esp. Sherbrook...where people go out of their way to make it hard on you if they see that you're English speaking.

Montreal is a beautiful city and I think that Quebec City is even prettier.
However, to say that language is not a factor would be not entirely true.

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07-17-2006, 03:57 AM
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If you want problems with the language, just visit Paris. Quebecers are really not "at war" with english speaking, black and yellow outfit dudes.
I also do not agree with this, it really depends where you go. But if you go to montreal, it should be one of the friendliest one if your english speaking, if not the friendliest.

I live in a montreal suburb and you should see all the street fighting weekly involving dozens, sometimes hundred of peoples because of the language barrier. It's pretty sad but outside montreal language can become a huge issue in some cities.

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