16 May 2012

Visiting Montreal


Airline

Porter Airlines
inter-city plane service with hourly flights from Toronto and other Canadian and American cities; very fast and efficient, super service

Travel from Airport:

Aerobus shuttle
runs you to main bus station at Berri-UQAM, gets caught in the rush hour

Hotel:

Hilton Garden Inn
380 Sherbrooke Street West
a business hotel with very good room deals, free internet, close to Place des Arts metro station

Tourist Card:

One-day and three-day passes offer good value on the bus and metro system.


Food:

Bagels:
St Viateur Bagel, 263 rue Saint-Viateur Ouest (just East of junction with Avenue du Parc)
Fairmount Bagel, 74 avenue Fairmount Ouest (just west of junction with Rue Clark)
for both of these, get off the Metro at Laurier and walk West then North

Poutine:
Quebecois delicacy that is basically chips, gravy and cheese, but each with a very distinctive flavour
This can be bought in many diners and restaurants, e.g. the food court in the Complex Desjardins at the corner of Bleury and Ste Catherine.

Hanashima
75 de la Gauchetiere, corner with St Urbain, Chinatown
excellent shabu-shabu restaurant, minimalist style, lots of vegetables, conscientious service

Shopping:

Marche Bonsecours
350 St-Paul Street East, Old Montreal
Metro: Champ-de-Mars
high-end crafts and art, as well as souvenirs and cafes, all by the St Lawrence River

Boutique de Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal
185 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest
Metro: Place Des Arts
a fantastic shop with crafts and art souvenirs

Boat Trips:


Sightseeing:

Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal
185 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest
Metro: Place Des Arts
a variety of temporary exhibitions

Montreal Olympic Park
4141, avenue Pierre-De Coubertin
Metro: Pie-IX or Viau stations
Built for the 1976 Games, the Tower has an exterior funicular with fantastic views, and tours of the interior, including the swimming pool and the main arena, now covered and used for rock concerts and monster truck rallies

Marche Maisonneuve
4445, rue Ontario Est
Metro: between Pie-IX et Viau
South of the Olympic Park, this market has a nice café and many fresh fruit and meat stalls
Bus 125 runs from the Marche to McGill in Downtown, but due to busy traffic, you’re better off changing at Frontenac metro

Biosphere
Sainte-Helene Island
Metro: Jean-Drapeau
A geodesic dome built for the 1967 Expo by Buckminster Fuller, now containing an environmental awareness centre

Montreal City Hall
275 rue Notre-Dame Est, Old Montreal
Metro: Champ-de-Mars
the hall of honour can be seen at any time, tours can also be booked, and the council chamber is visitable when not in use

Grande Bibliotheque
475 boulevard de Maisonneuve Est
Metro: Berri-UQAM
beautiful new building with exhibitions and nice café as well as a vast collection of books, music and DVDs

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