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Help with Montreal and Quebec City itinerary please

Feb 27th, 2010, 05:44 PM
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Help with Montreal and Quebec City itinerary please

My husband and I (50's) and our 25 year old son are going to visit Canada the first week in June. We will fly from Minneapolis to Montreal and plan on renting a car. My husband can speak some French. We were in Paris last year and we got along quite well. We are in the early planning stages at this point. My husband is very interested in history and I love beautiful scenery. Our son loves everything. We all like to eat good food. Our main idea is to visit Montreal and Quebec City. I also wondered if wandering up toward Tadoussac would be a good idea or even doable in a week. Also was wondering if we should do Quebec City first and then Montreal so we would be closer to the airport to fly out. I have been looking at places to stay as I love to stay at B&B's or apartments. I need some advice on a good area of Montreal to stay in. There are so many choices of accommodations that I don't know where to start. We don't mind walking. Also how long should we spend in Quebec City vs. Montreal. We love to be on the move and we can pack a lot into a day. My saying is unless our brains are oozing out of our ears at the end of a day, then it wasn't successful. Thanks very much for your help.
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Feb 27th, 2010, 06:29 PM
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With a week, I think Montreal, Quebec City & environs are plenty. Tadoussac is lovely, but for your first time to la Belle Province, while do-able, I probably wouldn't head that far north.

There are lots of ways of doing this: Montreal (4 days), Quebec City (3 days)... Montreal (3 days), Quebec City (2 days), Charlevoix or Laurentians (2 days) region if you want to have more of a scenery focus.

Montreal: I recommend staying in the Plateau Mont-Royal area. Go to Old Montreal, climb Mount-Royal, go to Ile-Ste. Helene, explore Boul. Saint Laurent, Saint Denis, Ave. Mont-Royal, rue Duluth, Prince Arthur, ... on foot, that's the way. Parc Lafontaine can be just magical on a glorious summer's evening. The Jean-Talon Market and Atwater Markets are worth a look-see. Bike the Lachine Canal out to Old Lachine on one of our ubiqitous Bixi bikes (or Becik-Vert).

Quebec City. Explore Old Quebec, both the Haute Ville and the Basse Ville (love the area near the Escaliers Casse-Cou/Place Royale), admire the view at the Terrasse Dufferin, take in the vibe at the Plaines d'Abraham (enjoy some of the paths for scenery). I recommend checking out the Parc Bois de Coulonge, a lovely urban parkspace.

Montreal and QC are great walker's cities. Enjoy!

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Feb 27th, 2010, 07:37 PM
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Daniel - Thank you so much - this is exactly the kind of information that I am looking for. Will be doing some more research tonight on the topics that you mentioned. Thanks
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Feb 28th, 2010, 01:24 PM
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In june you should really be able to enjoy the city by walking around all the different neighborhoods. (At this time of year it is not as pleasant...)

Old Montreal and the Old Port are very lively in the summer. The archeology museum gives a good background to the city's history and the Chateau Ramezay is another important historic site in Old Montreal.

On Île Sainte-Hélène you can visit the Biosphère, a museum of the environment, including the St. Lawrence river, inside the Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome from Expo. There are great views of the city from the top.

One of the amazing things about Montreal is the incredible ethnic diversity. This means you have lots of unusual food choices. We have tried lots of the restaurants reviewed in
Resto a Go-Go: 180 Cheap and Fun Places to Eat and Drink in Montreal By Sarah Musgrave, casual restaurant critic for the Montreal Gazette. Of course there are many excellent higher end restaurants, too.

The classic place to go for smoked meat sandwiches is Schwartz's Montreal Hebrew Delicatessen, www.schwartzsdeli.com. Montreal bagels are another must-try. There are two major rival bakeries, St. Viateur and Fairmont--try both and see which you prefer.
The big markets (Jean Talon, Atwater) are wonderful in the summer, full of tempting food.

Restaurants and cafes sport outdoor patios and tables.

the tourist office has a lot of good information on the different neighborhoods and offers a hard copy guide with good walking tours--check out the Plateau, Mile End and Outremont as well as downtown and Old Montreal:
http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/Discover-montreal

The tourist web site also has a listing of events and a promotional program for many of the major hotels called "Sweet Deal" which offers discounts for multi-day stays. In general, the hotels are much more affordable than comparable hotels in New York. In addition to the larger luxury hotels, there are boutique hotels and bed and breakfasts.

The Lachine Canal area has historic sites, boat tours, bicycle paths.

We have been going to Montreal for years and still have plenty of new places we want to see. For example, I am planning to visit the Museum Saint Gabriel, a 300 year old house, next summer.
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Feb 28th, 2010, 05:22 PM
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Is early June too early to see whales?
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Mar 1st, 2010, 07:21 AM
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Dan and VTtraveler pretty much nailed it. I would also recommend staying in the Plateau area, especially if you enjoy b&bs and want to be immersed in the French culture of Montreal. Try and stay somewhere on or near Square St. Louis, which is a neighborhood of pleasant tree lined streets and scores of interesting restaurants (many are byob).
In Quebec City, there are several nice b&bs in the heart of the old city on Rue St. Ursule. Although Quebec City is extremely scenic, it is considerably smaller than Montreal, so spending the extra day in Montreal would be a good plan.
Tadoussac and the surrounding countryside are several hours north of Quebec City. It is a beautiful and unique area, and might be worth considering for an overnight - especially if you are outdoorsy type travelers. However, with a week there is plenty in Montreal and Quebec City!
Traffic around Montreal can get pretty heavy, so staying there before your flight back would be a lot less stressful.
Also realize you won't need a car while actually in Montreal, so you might want to return the car upon entering the city, then taking a taxi to the airport when you leave.
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Mar 1st, 2010, 04:56 PM
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Thanks for the advice about the car. So we can take the subway everyplace we need to go in Montreal? Does anybody have any particular B&B's that they have stayed at that could be recommended. Have been doing research and there are a ton of them in both Quebec City and Montreal.
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Mar 1st, 2010, 06:50 PM
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We did the same trip last summer, but we had longer time. We spent 4 days in Montreal, then 4 days in Quebec City, 2 days in Tadoussac, and then the last night in Montreal. We stayed in a B&B in the Plateau area. It is a great area and one which I highly recommend. In Quebec City we stayed in this B&B which was very nice:Maison Historique James Thompson. In Tadoussac we stayed at this place: Domaine des Dunes. Tadoussac is gorgeous. It was a wonderful trip. You will enjoy it! We rented our car at the end of our first stay in Montreal and only used it a little in Quebec City, but we needed it for the drive to and from Tadoussac and back to Montreal. It was cheaper for me to rent for a week and not use it than either renting for less time or taking a train.
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Mar 1st, 2010, 07:58 PM
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kkukura - do you happen to remember the name of the B&B in the Plateau area? I wish we had more time as I would love to go to Tadoussac. My husband loves the history of the place and I love the scenery. Perhaps I will have to look at our schedules and see if we can eke out a couple more days.
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Mar 1st, 2010, 08:00 PM
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I remember looking at the website before of the B&B you mentioned in Quebec City. They don't list their prices so I was a little leery. We hope to not pay much more than $140 or so per night.
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Mar 2nd, 2010, 04:54 AM
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Montreal has a great subway and bus system and I agree you don't need a car in the city. We have one when we visit because we drive from Vt but don't use it.

We stayed recently at Auberge de la Fontaine in the Plateau area right opposite Parc de la Fontaine. We paid $100/night including tax for a double with the Sweet Deals winter promotion. I am not sure what the summer rates would be. It is near lots of good restaurants on Duluth and Rachel streets. Many of these are BYOB. This hotel is also on one of the major bike paths in the city
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Mar 2nd, 2010, 06:13 PM
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I am not going to recommend the place we stayed in the Plateau area (Boulanger Bassin B&B). It was nothing fancy and it has been given many mixed reviews. It was fine for us though. The breakfast was very good; the owner was very helpful and friendly; the bathroom was clean but the room was more cluttered. The B&B in Quebec might have been 150 CAD, but I don't remember right now. I know if you email them they will give you a price. The house was very nice and that breakfast was delicious too!
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Mar 4th, 2010, 07:36 AM
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Thanks a lot. I will start looking more in earnest and if I find a B&B I will post it and see if it is in a good location. Thanks for the info on the B&B you stayed in in the Plateau area. Does it take long to get to the old part of Montreal from the Plateau area?
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Mar 4th, 2010, 02:59 PM
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hi yr477

The Plateau is a fairly big area, so it all depends where your start point and end point is. It's roughly 5 minutes (plus-minus depending which stop) by subway from the the 3 main Plateau subway stops (Laurier, Mont Royal and Sherbrooke) to the main Old Montreal subway stops (Champ de Mars, Place d'Armes). By bike or #14 bus, it's roughly 10 minutes from Parc Lafontaine to Old Montreal. Walking, it could take 20 minutes/ could take 50 minutes... depends where your start point and end point are in the Plateau and in Old Montreal(and how fast you walk).

Best wishes, Daniel
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Mar 4th, 2010, 03:34 PM
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I was in Quebec City last August. If you have not seen it already, you can check out my trip report at http://www.fodors.com/community/cana...-surprises.cfm
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Mar 4th, 2010, 06:40 PM
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Again, I'm thankful for all the input. I planned a Paris trip last March all from Fodor's help and it was a great success. I'm hopeful this will be as successful. Thanks -
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Mar 4th, 2010, 08:39 PM
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http://www.bbselect.com/canada/quebe...mo-08.html#729

Wondering if anyone is familiar with this B&B. Also wondering if this is a fairly good location. Thanks -
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Mar 5th, 2010, 06:28 AM
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Hello again yellowrose477

Location is lovely and reasonably good for exploring Montreal; you'll probably go to a little market on Roy corner Boyer if you need groceries. You're about 10-minute walk from Sherbrooke metro, which will get you into downtown, Old Montreal, Jean Talon & Atwater Markets by transit quite easily. You may seriously want to look into getting around by Bixi as well (you'll see the Bixi bike stations all over Montreal; you pick up the bike and can then return it to any other bike location), as you'll be right by the Parc Lafontaine bike path which is a part of the incredibly far-reaching bike path system of the city (and province).

Have fun (you'll be on the southern side of the park if you're there; I'm waving now from the northern side of the park .

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Mar 5th, 2010, 08:11 AM
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The location looks good especially if you want to explore Old Montreal as well as the Plateau area. If you end up staying there please report back on how you like this B & B.
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Mar 5th, 2010, 09:17 AM
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We do want to explore Old Montreal. Wonder if I would want to be closer to the Metro though. The bikes sound like a great idea.
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