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Old 05-28-2007, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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Chaz, you are lucky to be so close to Montreal to enjoy many events there during the year. When I lived in NJ, I visited Montreal and other areas of Quebec many times. Enjoyed the bike riding in summer, and cross country skiing in winter. I noticed how relatively few people from the nearby northeastern US states visited anywhere in Quebec, and didn't have a clue about what they were missing out on. NJ was only about a 7 hour drive to Montreal, but I knew only a few people that had visited there.
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Old 05-28-2007, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Thanks for this endorsement for both Quebec City and Montreal--I am getting excited about the trip and the visit.

I have one acquaintance in Montreal and I think I'll email and ask him if and when he's around. He's an artist and probably someone who can share the City from many different perspectives.

I also find it fascinating that you say that Montreal is your most favourite. Incredible that we have an East Coast, Montreal and a West Coast, Vancouver, in our backyard that deserve high marks and many superlatives and as recycled mentioned few visit.

I'll report back when I have done it all--or some of it, anyway!

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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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Old 05-29-2007, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Danbury CT covering all of Fairfield County
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I went to Quebec City and Montreal about 10 years..It's soo nice up there. Try to stay at the Chateau Frontac in Montreal.
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Old 05-29-2007, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Thanks for the recommendation.

I am hoping to leave Maine tomorrow, drive half-way, stay in VT, and then see what I can see!

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I went to Quebec City and Montreal about 10 years..It's soo nice up there. Try to stay at the Chateau Frontac in Montreal.
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Old 05-29-2007, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Dallas(Lake Highlands)
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Had a fabulous time in Quebec two years ago. Our group stayed at the Frontenac in old Quebec. There were live shows (jugglers, acrobatic shows) in the square in front of the hotel until midnight. Directly across from the hotel is an artist's alley. There was wonderful artwork of every type. I found a watercolor of the square that showed it in all four seasons; I just love it and helps me remember a great vacation. There is a daytour of the local waterfall that includes some local scenic landmarks. Also, you can do daytours on the St. Lawrence which is a beautiful river. Have fun!
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Old 05-30-2007, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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Everyone has provided such great tips. My husband and I want to go to Quebec and Montreal as well - thank you!!
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Old 06-01-2007, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Milky Way Galaxy,Earth,Northern Hemisphere,North America,USA,Pennsyltucky
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I was going to recommend Quebec City, but I see that quite a few others have already suggested it, as well as the Laurentian Mountains.

Montreal is a beautiful city, but old Quebec City is awesome! And go thru the Frontenac Hotel - Even if you can't afford to stay at the hotel, just walk thru it. And depending on the time of year you're travelling, go about one hour north of Montreal into the Laurentian Mountains. Mont Tremblant, and all the lovely villages around it. Swim in the lovely lakes in the summer, walk or hike on the trails. In the winter, cross country ski on the same groomed trails along the Rivier Nord, ice skate on the lakes.

blessings, Shen
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Old 06-02-2007, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Thanks for all the responses. I am postponing my trip. It appears Customs and Immigration between the US and Canada are strained at this time and although I got to the border, I turned back.

Another day, another time when I am feeling more settled and have less personal belongs in my car and just wiz through.
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Old 06-04-2007, 01:38 PM
 
Location: on a dirt road in Waitsfield,Vermont
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I'll just add to the many who have endosed Quebec City. My wife and I went there on our honeymoon and we can't wait to go back. It's like being in another country...
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Old 06-07-2007, 11:24 PM
 
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I'm sorry to hear you had to postpone your trip: both Montreal and Quebec are lovely cities.

The next time you plan to drive up, you may want to check with your insurance agent to see whether you are still required to carry a special certificate stating that your auto insurance is valid in Canada. I can't recall ever having been asked for such proof at the border, but it might be an issue if you are in an accident or stopped by the police for some reason.

I hope you get to make the trip soon!

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