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Old 09-19-2014, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Canton, MI
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I know there's one in Verdun but don't remember ever seeing any others in Montreal...
They were all over the place when I was growing up in Montreal. Then Tim Horton's drove them out. Funny is that I now live in Metro Detroit and there are Tim Horton's all over the place with very few DDs.
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Old 09-21-2014, 10:39 AM
 
Location: NY
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I wouldn't worry too much about finding an expat community...you won't be experiencing any culture shock by moving to Canada (even Quebec)
...and why do you say that? Can i get my starbucks daily morning coffee and my new york times newspaper by 6 am? I would love that.
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Old 09-21-2014, 10:44 AM
 
Location: SW Ohio
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...and why do you say that? Can i get my starbucks daily morning coffee and my new york times newspaper by 6 am? I would love that.
Starbucks are around, but ... you can buy and brew your own, and read the paper on line as early as 6.

Everyone's culture is a tad different ...
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Old 09-21-2014, 12:25 PM
 
Location: NY
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Starbucks are around, but ... you can buy and brew your own, and read the paper on line as early as 6.

Everyone's culture is a tad different ...
Thank you, I was kidding and seriously didn't expect things will be same across the border

I'm planning to move soon.
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Old 09-23-2014, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Tonawanda NY
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First thing you must do is realize, children are never overwhelmed by learning a new language. They will pick up the language quicker than adults with little effort. My favorite memory of my time in Montreal was one weekend at a park in Cartierville watching several children of various backgrounds playing together and they were speaking several different languages and going back in forth between the English and French to communicate with each other but spoke their mother tongue to siblings and adults with them.

Do not try to pick a place to live based on where American's live because there is no section of Montreal that is segregated based on race, country of orgin or even socio-ecomomic status. You will find religious groups do tend to stick to certain neighborhoods for ease of access to fulfill religious requirements. Focus more on what type of housing you want like modern condo, townhouse, single family home, multi-family apartment building. Every neighborhood has things that are special, focus more out what you enjoy and how close you want to live to those amenities. Do you want access to shopping, live in a busy area or a laid back neighborhood? I lived a few different neighborhoods when I first got married, my in-laws were in West Island, Dollard-des-Ormeaux. Everyone pushed that area on us because of my lack of French but we ended up saving money on rent by moving to Cartierville. We first lived in a building in an area that was majority newly settled immigrants, majority refugees. I quickly learned mental illness is a real issue for war refugees. The savings was not worth the drama we were experiencing so we moved to D.D.O for a year and then again cross town to a larger apartments. It's amazing that I kind of blocked off the bad stuff because there was so many more positive experiences with living in Montreal. My favorite neighborhood to live in ended up being Ville-Émard, I enjoyed Parc Agrignon, a short walk from our apartment and easy access to transportation, and lots of shopping options with the mall and plaza. English was limited at many of the smaller shops in the neighborhood, even in some of the larger grocery stores but I did manage just fine for 2 years living in that neighborhood. Being in that neighborhood and wanting to communicate more with the locals pushed me to wanting to learn the language but then it was time to leave . Have fun where ever you decide to live.
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Old 09-23-2014, 09:50 PM
 
Location: East Coast
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My favorite neighborhood to live in ended up being Ville-Émard
I lived there too! So underrated
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Old 09-30-2014, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Montreal QC
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Hi there, we moved to Beaconsfield, West Island from the UK last winter. My son (7)attends the local English Board elementary which is a 50/50 French English split and my daughter is at the high school.
Both have settled in well and slowly picking up the French Canadian language.
We're living South of the 20 highway, having the lakeshore, small beach area & park 5 minutes from the house is lovely..I would highly recommend it or any of the surrounding villages along the lakeshore. Everyone primarily speaks English amongst themselves, a little different in the shops but they are happy to switch to english and I've only been frowned upon once or twice.
Good luck with everything & maybe get together for a cuppa if you end up making the move to the area 😃
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