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Exploring Montreal alone

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Hi everyone! I would like to ask for suggestions or advices of what to do and where to go in Montreal in all areas of dining, shopping, nightlife, entertainment, sightseeing, relaxing etc. I'm by myself also so is there any places i should avoid that seems like not safe to go?
And I've been living in the Caribbean Island, the Cayman Islands which is all year summer, so I believe i don't have any proper clothes to wear if I go if its different type of wheather. I will be on vacay starting Sept. 25-Nov.4 and will be stayin in edmonton with friends but I have no specific days of when to go and how long should it take me would be d perfect time to explore montreal. And is there any event that time I shoud not missed? Thanks so muh.

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    Montreal is a fun, safe city to explore on your own. As you may know, Canada starts to get cold toward the end of September, and by early November, there might be snow. Therefore the earlier you can go to Montreal the better for walking around. You will need a jacket and clothes in layers - sweaters, long sleeve shirts,etc.
    There are basically three areas of the city that are best for tourists: Old Montreal, which is very historic and quaint, the downtown which has lots tall buildings and many big stores. The Plateau area is the third area, and is my favorite - lots of small cafes, restaurants (many are bring your own wine), interesting little shops, and quiet streets.
    All of these areas are safe, however St. Catherine between St. Laurent and St. Denis is a little run down. St. Catherine west of St. Laurent is the big shopping and business area. St. Catherine east of St. Denis is the gay village. Perhaps the liveliest street in the city for bars and dining is St. Denis. There is often live music on St. Denis, St. Laurent, and Crescent Street. Things not to miss in Montreal might be Notre Dame Basilica in Old Montreal, the waterfront, the view from atop Mt. Royal, the Jean Talon and Atwater markets, the Museum of Fine Arts.
    If you are looking for a place to stay, I would strongly recommend a bed & breakfast in the Plateau area. Most bed and breakfast owners are very helpful to first time visitors, and you will meet other men and women solo travelers at breakfast. If you need some recommendations, let me know.
    For daytime activity, consider renting a bicycle at one of Montreal's many rental stations. This city has some wonderful bike trails (if it's not too cold!).

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