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Old 02-27-2021, 03:52 PM
 
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Thinking of visiting one of these Canadian cities for ~3 days once the pandemic is over/borders reopen and I have enough leave saved up from my job.

For anyone here who has visited these cities, which one would you most suggest to a potential traveler? Which one did you enjoy most?

Interested in learning about local arts/history/culture in particular.
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Old 02-28-2021, 12:48 AM
 
Location: PNW
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Montreal without question...
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Old 02-28-2021, 12:53 AM
 
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We seem to be some of the few people who loved visiting Ottawa. We wished we had stayed longer. Montreal was nice and we really liked Quebec City but for us, the best was Ottawa.
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Old 02-28-2021, 04:39 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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It really depends on what someone is looking for.

Based on the OP's criteria, I'd do Montreal-Ottawa (they're two hours apart). Or even Montreal-Quebec City (also about two hours apart).
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Old 02-28-2021, 05:47 AM
 
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Toronto has things to see and do as well. Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma, Hockey Hall of Fame, CN Tower, Black Creek Pioneer Village, Centre Island are a few that come to mind. Plus seeing a Blue Jays game.
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Old 02-28-2021, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Toronto has things to see and do as well. Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma, Hockey Hall of Fame, CN Tower, Black Creek Pioneer Village, Centre Island are a few that come to mind. Plus seeing a Blue Jays game.
Indeed.

Though the OP asked for "local arts, history and culture".

Toronto has all of this too, but the other cities I mentioned are IMO clearly better in this respect.

If they'd been asking for pro sports, Broadway-style shows or a "world in one city" vibe, I would have recommended Toronto.
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Old 02-28-2021, 07:53 AM
 
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They are all beautiful cities, but I would go with Montreal. The old port is hard to beat. There Plateau is also a beautiful area to wallk through, and there are many good places to eat.
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Old 02-28-2021, 09:24 AM
 
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For Montreal, how much French is needed to have a decent time as a visitor there and/or handle any challenges you may run into? Should you learn basic survival-level phrasebook French or beyond? Or can you get by with English only in at least some parts of the city?
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Old 02-28-2021, 09:35 AM
 
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For Montreal, how much French is needed to have a decent time as a visitor there and/or handle any challenges you may run into? Should you learn basic survival-level phrasebook French or beyond? Or can you get by with English only in at least some parts of the city?
As a visitor you won't have much trouble with just English. Even if you try to speak French they will almostly always answer you back in English, lol. At least in the downtown/touristy areas.
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Old 02-28-2021, 09:52 AM
 
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Indeed.

Though the OP asked for "local arts, history and culture".

Toronto has all of this too, but the other cities I mentioned are IMO clearly better in this respect.

If they'd been asking for pro sports, Broadway-style shows or a "world in one city" vibe, I would have recommended Toronto.
Note some of my inclusions though - art museum, Casa Loma (architecture) and Black Creek which is an 1800’s historic village.

Not taking anything away from Montreal of course.

I also agree that if Montreal is the destination Quebec City needs to be added, especially strolling through the Old City part. I was last there in 2008 during Carnival d’Hiver and Quebec’s 400th anniversary.

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