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Sep 4th, 2018, 08:21 AM
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Trip to Montreal and Quebec City with teen

I have the tickets, so it is official. I will be taking my 17yo GD on her first trip out of the US. In fact, other than driving with her family down to Florida a few times, she has not traveled at all. We do have a very good relationship. We will be going during her winter school break for a total of 7 days. My first choice was to take her to Europe but AA has chosen to quadruple the number of ff miles needed to do that for that week, so it is a non starter. I would like her to have experience with a somewhat different culture, as I did with her father, and be in a place where English is not the only language heard on the street so I chose these cities and particularly Quebec City based on these factors as well as price and availability of tickets (not using points) and travel time. We will fly into Montreal but plan to spend the most time in Quebec City and I also hope to take the 3hr trip up to the towns of Saint Jean - Port Joli if weather permits. I have fond memories of that place from a trip long ago and I know that she will like the wood carving and artisan focus of there, since she is into crafts and jewelry making - I expect her to bring home pieces of wooden jewelry.

Because of ticketing contingencies we will fly into and out of Montreal and proceed to Quebec from there. I still need to figure out the timing. Do we head up to QC upon landing at about 2pm or spend the night in Montreal and go up the next morning (since the flight is under 2 hours and time zone is similar, fatigue should not be a factor. My preference is to use public transportation for the the trip there and rent a car for a day or two once in Quebec to explore outside of the city. Or, we could rent a car at the airport and drive right up. We will return to Montreal the day before our flight home, so that will be our Montreal time.

One complication of sorts is that because I am traveling with a teenage GD, I need lodging that has two seperate sleeping spaces which cuts down on options - not a single room with two beds. GD is bipolar under good control this past year but still, because of that I do not want 2 hotel rooms. I found plenty of available airbnb type places in QC in convenient areas so no problem there, still another reason to concentrate our time in and about QC. I did find some options in Montreal.

I would appreciate your comments and ideas.
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Sep 10th, 2018, 06:40 PM
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If you have to go to Montreal, then you should give her a taste of Montreal too!

Montreal is mostly flat, as it is on an island... and thus probably more suitable to getting around in early winter than is QC.

So just find something convenient to your airport arrival and your departure for QC, and take a decent breath of Montreal both before and after visiting QC.


If I were 17... I think I would be more eager to return to school showing off Montreal attire than QC attire...

but with that said, QC is far more of an adventure. (you'll hear English all over the place in Mtl... but not so much in QC)


Hope you have fun.
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Sep 17th, 2018, 05:46 PM
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Thank you for your responses NWmale. I am still looking for the right place in Montreal and see quite a few listings in the Latin Quarter. It seems like it could be an interesting location for us, but I know nothing about other than what I read online. Do you or others have thoughts?
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Sep 21st, 2018, 01:17 PM
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We're in Montreal right now, after driving from Quebec City yesterday. It took us 3 hours with the stops. If I was landing at 2 pm I would not want to head off on a three hour drive and possibly arrive in the dark. But that's me. As for locations, we stayed in the old walled city in QC and we're downtown (near the free Barbie museum) for full walkability in Montreal. We were able to get Paul McCartney tickets at the Bell Center and walk there last night. It's a complicated city to drive and park, so we didn't want to bother with our car once we got to the city.
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Sep 21st, 2018, 04:55 PM
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We will overnight in Montreal on the way there and back, so should have the equivalent of a combined full day. Travel to QC on public transport. We have a reservation at the Hotel Faubourg for the first night and are considering the same place for our last night in Montreal. I chose that hotel primarily because I was able to get a bedroom with a sleep sofa in the living room - there is a door between so she can have her privacy, and the location seems reasonable, particularly with airport transportation nearby. The included breakfast is a plus. In QC we have a 2 br airbnb in the St Jean Baptiste area. If weather permits, I will rent a car and dat trip up to St Jean-Port Joli, a place of nice memories for me and I think she would find it of interest as well
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Sep 23rd, 2018, 07:03 PM
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B’stoke, interested in your trip...I may be doing something similar in the coming Spring.
I look forward to your trip report.
Thank you.
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Sep 29th, 2018, 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by auntgrapes View Post
B’stoke, interested in your trip...I may be doing something similar in the coming Spring.
I look forward to your trip report.
Thank you.
Will do
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Oct 30th, 2018, 03:23 AM
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Amazing ideas...can't wait to explore.
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