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Old 10-15-2012, 12:11 PM
 
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Am thinking of a vacation to one of these cities next year and would love some feedback about which would be the better choice. I want to see beautiful buildings and parks, lots of museums and historic places, good food and great streets to stroll and browse stores. Something like Paris if possible. Natives are welcome to respond as well.
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Am thinking of a vacation to one of these cities next year and would love some feedback about which would be the better choice. I want to see beautiful buildings and parks, lots of museums and historic places, good food and great streets to stroll and browse stores. Something like Paris if possible. Natives are welcome to respond as well.
First four - Quebec City

Last three - Montreal.
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Old 10-15-2012, 04:52 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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I agree with mikey. Montreal is a larger, more cosmopolitan city and offers more to occupy your time, but if you really want to feel like you've left North America and entered Europe, then Quebec City is your best choice. Personally, I would lean towards Quebec - it is a really beautiful place.
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Old 10-15-2012, 08:55 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I agree, having been to Montreal, Toronto and Quebec City I'd go with the latter if restricted to just one. Beware of parking signs in French, I got a ticket after parking with a sign that said "Defense de Stationner" ??!!?
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:10 PM
 
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When touring French Canada, why not do both? Go to the smaller city first, go to some of the parks around it, visit Old Quebec, dine in some fancy Restaurants. Then go to Montreal, and do the same thing.
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Do both. There is less than a three-hour drive between them. Each city offers something unique in North America.
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:58 AM
 
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When touring French Canada, why not do both? Go to the smaller city first, go to some of the parks around it, visit Old Quebec, dine in some fancy Restaurants. Then go to Montreal, and do the same thing.
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Do both. There is less than a three-hour drive between them. Each city offers something unique in North America.
Wow, I hadn't thought of that. What a good idea! We hadn't planned to rent a car so is there a train that connects the two cities?
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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I agree with mikey. Montreal is a larger, more cosmopolitan city and offers more to occupy your time, but if you really want to feel like you've left North America and entered Europe, then Quebec City is your best choice. Personally, I would lean towards Quebec - it is a really beautiful place.
Having visited both, I agree with this. Montreal is much friendlier to the English-speaking set, though.

However, why not visit both? They're not THAT far apart.
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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I have been to Quebec City 3 times and found it to be charming. Montreal not so much, found the people in Montreal not so friendly. Maybe the ones we dealt with were just having a bad day.
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:40 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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I have been to Quebec City 3 times and found it to be charming. Montreal not so much, found the people in Montreal not so friendly. Maybe the ones we dealt with were just having a bad day.
Interesting - my experience (decades ago, but still ... ) was the opposite. Montreal seemed accustomed to having tourists and accommodating to them. In Quebec City, we tried to ask which gate our bus was leaving. They refused to speak to us in English and my French wasn't up to the job.

Train between Montreal and Quebec: http://www.viarail.ca/en/trains/onta...al-quebec-city
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