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Old 06-23-2009, 06:26 PM   #1
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Things to do in Montreal?

I am planning a weekend trip down to Montreal from NYC in a couple of weeks.
My main fun will be hammock camping along the way ( yes I know my life sucks :) ) But when I get to Montreal I will have some time to do some things.

Are there any cool dive bars to visit, motorcycle hangouts etc. Basically I want to check out the real montreal and not the tourist traps.

Any ideas appreciated.
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Old 06-23-2009, 06:44 PM   #2
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I am planning a weekend trip down to Montreal from NYC in a couple of weeks.
My main fun will be hammock camping along the way ( yes I know my life sucks :) ) But when I get to Montreal I will have some time to do some things.

Are there any cool dive bars to visit, motorcycle hangouts etc. Basically I want to check out the real montreal and not the tourist traps.

Any ideas appreciated.
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Old 06-23-2009, 07:00 PM   #3
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I live an hour and a half from downtown Montreal and go up a lot.

My advise watch your bike and you won't be able to use the hammock.

Lots of clubs on Cresent St. actually all over. Just an FYI anyone with a DWI will be denied entry and getting back into USA you need birth cert.if you can believe it that trumps a drivers licenses.
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Old 06-23-2009, 07:17 PM   #4
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Montreal is a port...

Your bike can be on a freighter in less than ten minutes headed for places without you..

Bring your approved travel documents. You may be denied entry if there are any issues with your past. You will be asked if you have one within the first five questions.

What do you like? Montreal has it.
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Old 06-24-2009, 09:18 AM   #5
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http://www.10best.com/Montreal,QC/

Two week long Jazz fest that's really cool,all kinds of music mostly free outside.Rock/blues/world beat I never went up cause I don't really like Jazz.Then I went up one year and it was great !!

Then there's the casino if you gamble,you will have a blast it's an awesome city.
Also post on Montreal's craigslist for what you might want...
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Old 06-24-2009, 06:57 PM   #6
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+1 on the Jazz Fest, it's truely an amazing event but hotels may be tough to come by downtown. I've been to it for the last 10 years or so and for the most part it is a street party of epic proportions. It's the largest Jazz Fest in the world and extemely well done.

The food is great and the night life is right off the charts. Other than the Jazz Fest which is casual for the most part, the city is really dressy and upscale compared to most any where else. You don't need to speak French but good manners and a good attitude are essential. If you can handle that you'll have a fantastic time. Dress like a bum and you'll be treated like a bum.

Not sure why you'd want to go to Montreal and go to dive bars. The city is not touristy at all but there will be alot of tourists walking around Old Montreal. As far as motorcycle hang outs, all I'll say here is it's a very safe city but don't go looking for trouble.

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Old 06-24-2009, 08:33 PM   #7
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First off, you're going to love Montreal! Bring some good shoes and make sure you spend a lot of time just walking around, getting a feel for the place on a personal level.

Second, you'll need a passport to get into Canada if you're coming from the USA. This became mandatory this month (June 09).

Next, the food is AWESOME! You'll have to eat a Montreal smoked meat sandwich, and poutine (fries with cheese curd and gravy). You'll love that stuff without a doubt. Bagels are a big thing there too. As an old biker friend said, ride to live, live to eat!

Lastly, just enjoy the sights and sounds of a city that makes you think you're in europe.

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Old 06-26-2009, 08:50 AM   #8
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Visiting Montreal

I think you will find these web sites usefull http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/

http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/portal/p..._schema=PORTAL

Have a good trip
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Old 06-26-2009, 09:24 AM   #9
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Old 06-27-2009, 09:43 AM   #10
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I've lived/worked in Montreal for 1-2 months per year for the past three years. Great town, love my time there.

Let's get the food out of the way...

Smoked meat:
Schwartz's on St. Laurent. There is often a line possibly two out the door and onto the street. The one on the right is for takeout and the one on the left is for dining. Order the Fatty, skip the fries, don't skimp on the pickles and slaw, and try a Cott Black Cherry soda.

Poutine:
La Banquise on Rachel. A zillion different kinds of poutine. Try the T-rex. Open 24 hours.

Bagels:
Two contenders...St Viateur and Fairmont on Fairmont. Montreal bagels are denser than NYC bagels, less "puffy", and almost slightly sweet. I like the walkup at SV where you can literally purchase a bagel as it comes out of the oven.

Bars:
Biftek on St Laurent...start with the Boreale Rousse.
Cheval Blanc on Ontario for some microbrews.
Benelux on Sherbrooke is also good for a rotating selection of microbrews.


All of these places are in every tourist guidebook and are in the popular parts of town so it is inevitable that they will be swamped depending on the time of day.

You've got a bike, do a little exploring. I don't know where you're crashing but I'd start with a little ride around. Make your northern border Mont Royal, eastern border Parc La Fontaine, southern border Rene Levesque, and western border Rue Crescent. Ride around in there for awhile to get a sense of the downtown vs. the areas around McGill and Concordia vs. the neighborhoods on the Plateau and Rosemont. There are some popular drags around...St Laurent, Rue Rachel, Ste Catherine, etc. A blinking green light is a protected left turn, they don't do green arrows.

Definitely get up early on a Sunday and get yourself to Mont Royal to see the medieval battle guys, later in the day it will turn into the tam tam. Depending on your tolerance for drum circle's you'll be wanting to get on the road but the medieval guys are great. It's a beautiful park on its own, and definitely worth walking to the top for a sunrise/sunset if you're feeling up for it.

It's worth going up to the Botanical Garden just to see the Chinese Garden after dark. While you're up there take the time to walk around the Olympic Stadium and on your way out there you'll see the remnants of the olympic village and other buildings.

If you've got the time take a day and head up to Parc du Mont Tremblant, camp a night or not, it's easily a day trip, make a loop of it.

You might also like heading to Shawninigan and head north along the river on 155. Head up to Lac Saint Jean across to the St Laurent, camp somewhere in there, then head back to Montreal the next day along the St Laurent and through Quebec.

If those day+camp trips are out of your scope then you don't wan to know how pretty the Gaspe peninsula is. If you've got the time search through here for the many reports on peoples trips there.

If you're heading out of Montreal you will encounter fewer Anglophones but don't let it deter you. I once helped a woman check her oil and top it off, she was 1/4 quart low with neither of us speaking the others' language.

Take as many bank/credit cards as you can...some cards work in some pumps, others won't...if it doesn't work at the pump it will work inside, I can't explain it, it just happens everywhere.

Enjoy the trip.






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Old 06-29-2009, 05:25 PM   #11
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St Jacques West may have some of what you're looking for, just a couple miles from downtown. Moto Internationale is a huge shop with most any Adv rider type of accessory you can think of. Some times they will have an old race bike or two on the floor. The shop is nice, expresso bar, clean bathrooms, etc, but the rest of the area is a bit rough looking. I think there is a strip club or two along the stretch and Le Chablis Hotel is right there as well. You can reach the hotel yourself, it's not the Holiday Inn that's for sure.

No need to dress up or mind your manners over there, from what I read in the papers it may not be the safest area at night. No tourists for sure. The shop is worth a visit but I would not hang out over there. Downtown is where it's at.
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