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Old 05-25-2007, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Well, I am thinking that inasmuch as I am fairly north in Maine that I might drive up to Montreal and Quebec City. It appears to be just under 400 miles.

Anyone been to either city recently? Any suggestions about traveling in Canada these days?

I do have a valid passport, always do, and a car filled with my clothes and personal belongings.

Just some petrol and the motivation!

Love to hear some thoughts! Recommendations for places to stay and things to do!
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Old 05-25-2007, 02:41 PM
 
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Don't forget to check out the Canada forum too. Probably lots of good ideas there.
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Old 05-25-2007, 02:48 PM
 
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Thanks for the reminder.




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Don't forget to check out the Canada forum too. Probably lots of good ideas there.
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Old 05-25-2007, 09:13 PM
 
Location: moving again
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I went to Montreal once! It is a wonderful city. You must go to mount royal to get a view of the city and definetly check out the old part of it. It's a great city!
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Old 05-25-2007, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Tucson AZ & Leipzig, Germany
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Hey ontheroad, I think you live in one of the best towns on the Maine coast. But since everyone needs a change of scenery once in awhile, Quebec is a great road trip from Maine.

In addition to Montreal and Quebec City, check out the Laurentian Mountains about an hour north of Montreal. Many beautiful towns and lakes. Also the "Eastern Townships" just north of Newport, VT are nice. Magog and Mt. Orford are very nice areas. Bon Voyage!
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Old 05-25-2007, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Well, I am thinking that inasmuch as I am fairly north in Maine that I might drive up to Montreal and Quebec City. It appears to be just under 400 miles.

Anyone been to either city recently? Any suggestions about traveling in Canada these days?

I do have a valid passport, always do, and a car filled with my clothes and personal belongings.

Just some petrol and the motivation!

Love to hear some thoughts! Recommendations for places to stay and things to do!
I went to Quebec City last fall and had a great time. I recommend Quebec City much more strongly, there is a lot of history, restaurants and shops, and an abundance of outdoor things very close by. It is the true Quebec. Montreal can be nice but it is more isolated from other things in Canada. The Quebec City area is also beautiful.

Hmm you can find some nice places to stay in the lower town area of Quebec City or you can choose to leave it. We stayed at Auberge Le Petit Sejour in Chateau-Richer about a 20-25 min drive along the St Lawrence from the city. Nearby they have Montmorency Falls, a great breakfast every morning with views of the St Lawrence from the dining room!, and views of the St Lawrence from some of the rooms. http://www.quebecweb.com/petitsejour/introang.html (broken link)

You can go up to Mont Saint Anne after 10 am and take the lift to the top for scenic views of the entire Charlevoix region. There is very nice horse farms and places in the Charlevoix region, the cathedral of St Anne de Beaupre, the Cap Tourmente, La Malbaie, great hiking and things to explore. And for your highlight dinner, nothing could be finer and more traditional than the Auberge Baker also in the area: http://www.quebecweb.com/aubergebaker/restoa.htm

Driving in Quebec City you need to keep your eyes out, parking is harder to find but there are garages here and there. I like the outdoors myself so I was much more interested in visiting the mountains, cathedrals and towns then the city itself, although it is recommended to do the 1 or 2 hour bus tour to see the sights if you have time. Its a hilly city so make sure when you walk down that you are going to walk back up as much. Have fun!
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Old 05-26-2007, 06:43 AM
 
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wallstreet1986 and recycled,

Many thanks for your recommendations. I don't permanently live in Belfast (just a long sojourn) but yes, it is very beautiful, recycled.
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Old 05-27-2007, 01:37 AM
 
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I visited Montreal back in 2004. I stayed at the Auberge Maeva hostel, and was very pleased with the service at that time. I liked Le Biodome and le basilique de Notre Dame de Montreal. I mostly just wandered around the city and had a wonderful time. Very safe, clean city. Lots of people smoke marijuana, maybe that's why they're all so chill. Please note that everything closes by 10pm, which was a real hardship for me when I needed some feminine products at 1am and couldn't find a store open anywhere!!
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Old 05-27-2007, 06:35 AM
 
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Thanks for this info. Was this hostel an international affiliate or is this just as in France the word for housing? Curious!

And, like you, I love to wander, but I don't do weed.

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I visited Montreal back in 2004. I stayed at the Auberge Maeva hostel, and was very pleased with the service at that time. I liked Le Biodome and le basilique de Notre Dame de Montreal. I mostly just wandered around the city and had a wonderful time. Very safe, clean city. Lots of people smoke marijuana, maybe that's why they're all so chill. Please note that everything closes by 10pm, which was a real hardship for me when I needed some feminine products at 1am and couldn't find a store open anywhere!!
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Old 05-28-2007, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Burlington VT
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It's true - Quebec City is astonishingly beautiful, and a terrific place to visit. The naval battles that settled (perhaps that's not the word I want to use, actually...) the political fortunes of the continent were fought there, and the sites are absolutely gorgeous. I've spent a bit of time in Europe over the decades, but I've never been anyplace more beautiful than Quebec City. And I speak about a dozen words of French.

Still, Montreal is my favorite city in the world. Montrealers take culture and the arts very seriously, and watching the world go by from a sidewalk cafe is something of a civic religion. Montreal knocks itself out to show the word a good time in a particularly Montreal way. It's a city of festivals. The Jazz Festival, The International fireworks festival, the Montreal highlights festival, the Just for Laughs Festival, The International film festival, The Franco Follies, the Grand Prix, The Nuits De Africain, The Carrefiesta, and several dozen more. It's also a very affordable city, even with the dollar at par. This is partly due to the verdant farmland just to the South of the city. That makes food inexpensive, and as you can imagine, Montrealers take food very seriously. And while it's true that in some parts of town, a Depanieur (French for corner store, only misspelled!) can be hard to find open late, in several parts of town the festive spirit lasts well into the night. Montreal is also a fabulous city for bicycling. There are bike paths in all the most scenic and advantageous spots it seems, and they are well used.

Have a ball!

David
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