Going to Montreal...What to expect.

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  1. Andrejs2112

    Andrejs2112 ihatecars

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    Going to see a show in Montreal here:

    Théâtre Corona
    2490 Notre-Dame ouest
    Montreal (Quebec)
    H3J 1N5

    I've heard rumors about how bad the traffic is there. Other than avoiding rush hour, does anyone have any helpful tips? Are there places I don't want to go? I've spent a fair amount of time in and around Detroit. Can't be worse than that can it?

    Thanks for the help in advance
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  2. blues

    blues Been here awhile

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    Montreal is an awesome city and typically the traffic is not all that bad compared to most cities. None the less the old dear is currently having some issues.

    First of all when you get to town ditch your car or bike and either rent a bike or use the excellent public transportation. The bikes are available every where, check out www.Montreal.bixi.com and www.smt.info which will tell you exactly how to get from point a to b using combinations of subways and buses. Very cool.

    I'd avoid rush hour and you may want to consult The Montreal Gazette which may have the latest on roadway problems.

    Chances are you won't have too much trouble getting around and for sure you will have a great time.

    Bon Chance
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  3. blues

    blues Been here awhile

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  4. henrymartin

    henrymartin Mr. Tourguide

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    I had no problem driving around Montreal the first time I was there, and second time was even easier. Fill up before you cross the border. The last time, my Bandit apparently took $40 worth of gas, even though it was not empty. :huh

    Personally, I found Montreal safer and much more pleasant than, say, Boston.
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  6. bumper1871

    bumper1871 Been here awhile

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    Of course, Montreal is a big city and there is some traffic, but its easy to get where you're going and its in a very nice sector of the city near the Lachine canal with cafés and small boutiques.

    Visit with Streetview.
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  7. TrailMachine

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    Bad traffic is not only in rush hours in MTL, google traffic is very useful if you have access to internet.
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  8. TrailMachine

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    But it's not that bad you can easily get in Montreal without been slowing down by the traffic :thumb. For those who like cities, it's really worth it t visit, this is one of the most beautiful of North America. Traffic is a very low detail.
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  9. Uglyprimate

    Uglyprimate UglyPirate

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    Don't expect road signs in English.

    Have at least a basic understanding of French words like East, West, North, South.

    Carry a translation book with you. Even the slightest ATTEMPT to learn to communicate will make even the most stubborn Quebecois remember his or her near perfect English.

    Great city, great people, most beautiful women on earth.

    People who can't drive in Quebec will all have New York license plates.
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  10. drmacaulay

    drmacaulay letsrun.com

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    Montreal is a terrific city! You'll find lots of people who can and will speak English, despite it being the second most populous French speaking city in the world. (To Paris, I believe...)

    I am surprised no one has mentioned the strippers yet.... It also has great dinning, wonderful arts, great churches and museums to visit. Enjoy.
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  11. RED CAT

    RED CAT Bumpy Backroader

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    Not motorcycle friendly with terrible roads. Used to live there and hated it and I am even bilingual. If on motorcycle avoid it and get out to the small country roads heading north or out to the Townships.
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  12. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    Or, just go to Quebec City in the 1st place(or after your theater thing) for a European ambiance that is both friendly and with less traffic and crime-a really neat place!
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