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Québec - Montréal/Laval Travel Guide
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Canada's most seductive city - ignore the usual crass description of Montréal being a blend of Europe and North America: it's so much more, and every time you visit you'll discover another side to it. Montréal is, surprisingly, the most English part of Québec, but don't be surprised to find a city with a strong and proud Quebecker culture that is unlike anywhere else. Stay for a few days when the weather is good (April - October) and hit the streets on foot, bicycle or rollerblade: this is a city best explored on foot as you follow the whimsical random path of a Montréal flaneur. Compare the wealthy suburbs of Westmount with the beautiful neighbourhoods of the Plateau and Mile End.
Top Things to See and Do
- The Mont-Royal 'mountain' (métro Mont-Royal, then walk west or take bus 11 from behind the station): a tree covered hill that rises up above the city and limits the height of the downtown skyscrapers. Come up here early on to get your bearings and to look down on the city.
- Ile Sainte Helene / Parc Jean Drapeau: once the heart of the 1967 Expo, now one of the city's finest places to escape to on a hot summer's day. Visit the geodesic dome, laze under the trees and walk along the city side of the island's shore to see Montréal's skyline.
- The 'Plateau' quarter (roughly bounded on the west by avenue Parc, the north by Beaubien, the east by avenue Papineau and the south by rue Sherbrooke): the densest part of Montréal, this residential neighbourhood combines the bustling streets of ave. du Mont Royal, blvd. St. Laurent and blvd. St. Denis with the shady quiet 'ruelles' or back streets that run between the distinctive Montréal walk-up apartments and houses. The place to get lost on foot
- Montréal's Museums: the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Contemporary arts etc etc etc
- Montreal Downtown; Chinatown and Old Harbour
- Olympic Stadium and Maisonneuve District
Neighbor regions/States:(in Québec)
(North): Laurentides and Lanaudière touristical regions;
(South): Montérégie touristical region
-Longueuil South is connected to Montreal Downtown by Metro
-Montréal Region include two touristical regions: Montreal Island and Laval Island (northern island) touristical regions. Laval island is a city by itself connected to Montreal by transit system and soon the Metro.
Montreal island is composed of several boroughs and cities spread on a vast area with Ville-Marie being the historic CBD core. The following boroughs are well connected by the Metro and can be considered as Montreal Center:
The following boroughs are also well connected by transit:
-Dorval West is where Trudeau Airport is located
By road Avoid driving to Montréal - it is not a car friendly city and you'll probably spend more time looking for parking and moving your car to avoid very attentive parking ticket officers.
By train Up to five daily trains from Québec city, up to six daily trains from Toronto and Ottawa, thrice-weekly service to and from the Gaspé peninsular, six-times-weekly service to and from Halifax and thrice-weekly service to northern parts of Québec (Senneterre, Jonquiere etc). See VIA Rail Canada for information. Also five commuter lines that provide basic but reliable service in rush hours to outlying suburbs. Amtrak operate the daily 'Adirondack' train to/from New York and Albany: it's slower than the bus but more comfortable and runs along the beautiful shore of Lake Champlain.
By bus Frequent (hourly) services to Québec, Sherbrooke, Ottawa and Toronto. All buses from Toronto connect in Ottawa, so take a break there to see the capital. Twice daily services to New York and connections to Boston also available. Daily departures to the Gaspé Peninsular and to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. See Greyhound for departures south and Orleans Express for Québec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
By carshare Allostop co-ordinate ride shares with member drivers to all parts of Québec. You must pay a small membership fee to join the service before your first ride. For ride shares outside the province, try Craigslist under Rideshare for your departure city: there are frequent offers for rides to/from Toronto and New York.
By plane Services from around the world: see Aéroports de Montréal for information.
How to get to Montréal from the airport for $2.50! If you arrive in Montréal by plane, you have three choices to get to the city. Taxi ($35 - $40), Aérobus ($13) or city bus and métro ($2.50). Here's how to save money and take the cheapest option:
1 - Exit depatures and cross the first lane of traffic to the bus stops. Turn left.
2 - Look for the blue and white bus stops for service 204 on route 'Cardinal'. The timetable is here. Buses come every thirty minutes in both directions - CHECK WITH THE DRIVER THAT THE BUS IS GOING TO DORVAL / MONTRÉAL - NOT FAIRVIEW.
3 - Put $2.50 in the box when you board (sorry - you need exact change) and take the transfer ticket.
4 - Ride the bus for a few minutes to the terminus at Dorval Interchange.
5 - Change to bus 211 or 221. During the rush hour, you need to walk through a tunnel under the railway tracks. At other times the bus stops on the other side of the railway station. Bus 211 and 221 stop near the electricity sub-station. Check with the driver they are going towards Montréal. Show the driver your transfer and keep it safe.
6 - The bus rides for 15 - 20 minutes non-stop to Lionel-Groulx métro. Your transfer ticket will open the ticket gate, and you can then take an orange or green line métro anywhere in the city. If you want to take a bus from your destination métro station, take a transfer from the machines inside the gates at Lionel-Groulx.
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