Going to Montreal - have questions

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  1. Luc

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    I'll be on a business trip next week at the conventional center (Palais des Congres) in downtown Montreal. I never been there, don't understand or speak French so here are some questions that I hope some of you can help me with:

    1. I plan to take a cab from Montreal/Dorv airport to the area (staying at Holiday Inn Select). Now cab drivers and all service people do speak English right? And they all take US dollars right?

    What's the conversion?

    Any idea how much it cost to take a cab from the airport to downtown? I just want to get an idea so I won't get rip off and it is pretty late at night when I arrive.

    2. What are some places I can check out by foot around the area? Hobby shops, DVD home theater stuffs, malls and other shopings are all good. I only have a few hours after each day before I have to rush back to the hotel and call the wife =).

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Jay H

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    Here's the rates for US dollars to various international funds as of Oct 4th (Friday):
    http://www.x-rates.com/cgi-bin/cgica...lue=1&base=USD
    So it's CAN$1.53 for every US$1 you have. Make sure you get some loonies [​IMG]
    Yes, I would imagine most people in Quebec can speak English although they will typically answer initially in French. I've been up there a couple times, the last was on a bike tour into Quebec.
    Can't say about the cost from the airport or other things to do though as we never went into downtown Montreal.
    I know there is another person here from the Montreal area though, perhaps he can help ya..
    Jay
     
  3. Francois Caron

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    First of all, make sure you have CANADIAN money with you! That's as easy as going to a Canadian bank machine although the service charges might be a bit bad. Purchases via a credit card shouldn't be a problem since most of the credit card companies have reasonable exchange rates.
    One important detail about our so-called "loonies". They're our $1 currency, they have a golden look to them, and most of them have a loon on the tails side while other designs have three kids looking at the Parliament buiildings, and another design has the image of the Peacekeepers monument in Ottawa. We also have "twonies" which are $2 coins with a golden center and a silver ring. The Tails side has either a polar bear, a family of polar bears, or an inuit design.
    Taxi fare from the airport to downtown Montreal should run you about $30 depending on the traffic (I'm not 100% sure, it'S been a while). As for the cab drivers themselves, we're still trying to figure out exactly which language they speak! [​IMG] Their driving abilities are typical of any cab driver in the world i.e. they often drive like maniacs -- that is if you call that "driving". [​IMG]
    What to see? Ask at the desk. There's usually plenty of pamphlets of things to do while in Montreal. One suggestion I can give you for supper is to take a stroll down Cresent St. which is an excellent restaurant alley for both locals and tourists alike.
    If you're the gambling type, you can drop by the Montreal Casino where you can lose your house, your car, your wife and kids... [​IMG] Whatever amount you win at the Casino, none of it is taxable. If you win big on the slot machines, you only have to sign a paper twice to claim your cash. Payments by check require some form of ID. There are also Vegas style shows but I've yet to go to one.
    Another suggestion is the Museum of Fine Arts. Just be advised that most of the paintings are religious in nature, more specifically of the Catholic faith. That in itself is not a problem the first time you visit the place, but I wish they'd have a bit more variety.
    If your tastes are of an "exotic" nature, then look no further than the Super-Sexe on St-Catherine St, just a five minute walk from your hotel! You can't miss it! It's the place with the huge scantily clad flying girls neon sign! A truly tittilating experience! [​IMG]
    Shopping is definitely not a problem in the downtown core. The REAL problem is finding your way in our underground city! We're not talking about a single shopping center here! We're talking about shopping center after shopping center -- including the train station (great place for lunch but you can't find a bloody seat) -- all linked via cleverly concealed tunnels! Make sure you ask for a map of the underground city at the hotel and wear comfortable shoes. There are even tour guides available if you prefer to go that route (no I'm NOT kidding!).
    Finally, a word about safety. Montreal is one of the safest cities in North America. You do not have to worry about strolling the city streets at night as long as you don't dress as if you're wearing an "I'M A TOURIST" sign around your neck. You might be surprised just how crowded it can get in the city especially on the weekends. Bars are open (legally) until 3 AM on most nights so that's plenty of time to enjoy yourself.
    This should give you a decent start. Enjoy your stay!
     
  4. Richard Travale

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    Francois covered pretty much everything but I'll add a couple of things.
    I found that 99% of the people spoke English and will usually greet you with a "Bonjour Hello" so that your response can determine which language you wish to speak in.

    I am a huge Montreal Canadiens fan so the first places I would suggest would be the Bell(formerly Molson) Center and the old Montreal Forum.
    I would say check out the Cathedral as well.
    Another place you must go to is Schwartz's Deli for a smoked meat sandwich. This will be worth the trip.
    Then go check out all of the places you saw in DeNiro's 'The Score'.
     
  5. wayne p

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    I have to second the smoke meat sandwich at Schwartz's Deli. World famous for good reason.

    All in all Montreal is a great city filled with friendly people.
     
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    I have made about 16 trips to Montreal. It is a real nice ride from the Boston area through New Hampshire and the mountains of Vermont. I second the recommendation of visiting Super Sexe [​IMG] . The woman are very pretty.
    Francois has really covered just about everything. I have walked the streets many a time at 4 AM without any fear.
    You can't have a bad time in Montreal. Have fun!
     
  8. Francois Caron

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    Argh! I completely forgot about the smoked meat! Where's my head? [​IMG] BTW, we also have the best bagels in the world. I believe the two best places to find them are the St-Viateur and the Fairmont Bagel. Open 24 hours a day, piping hot from the ovens.
    They have a free buffet at the Super Sexe? I never noticed! [​IMG]
     
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    Dont forget about the horizontal traffic lights! [​IMG]
     
  10. Neil Joseph

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    Be sure to check out the casino just east of downtown.
     
  11. Luc

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    Wow! Thanks for all the replies, and I thought this was just going to be a business trip [​IMG].
    If I really need Canadian money off hand, I guess I'll get some at the airport.
    Thanks again.
     
  12. wayne p

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    Luc, I would use my credit card in the cab to the hotel. After you check in walk to the nearest bank for your best exchange rate.

    Please post after the trip and let us know how you got on in Montreal.
     

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