Seeing the sights



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So much to do! So much to see! From the water's edge in the Old Port area, to the Biodome and Botanical Gardens, for those who like to check the major sights off their "to do" lists this trip plans it all out for you.

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Day 1 - Montreal


Montréal’s Chinatown is mid-way between the city’s vibrant downtown, and tourist-filled old city. It is not large, centred along de la Gauchetière Street, just west of St. Laurent Boulevard. It is one of North America’s oldest Asian neighbourhoods, founded in the late 1800s by Chinese migrants arriving to work on the railway. Although this area of town is called “Chinatown”, it is perhaps a misnomer, as the population of this area is of diverse Asian origins including Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. A stress-free way to start the day off is with Dim-Sum. Maison Kam-Fung has a solid reputation for their brunch selection, and is on the pedestrian, visitor-oriented section of de la Gauchetière Street. It is easy to spend a couple hours perusing the little stores that crowd this busy section of the city. From Chinatown it is less than a five minute walk to the Complexe Guy-Favreau. The underground city is a famous feature of Montréal, and from this access point it is possible to walk North to the Place-des-Arts , or take a metro West to the Place Ville-Marie, which connects to kilometres of places to shop, eat and be entertained- all without going aboveground! After discovering the buried treasures of the Montréal Island stop for a breather at Restaurant Movenpick, under the Place Ville-Marie. After lunch hop on the metro, and pop over a couple stations to Champ-de-Mars. There are a couple exists to this metro, but follow the signs (and the crowds) toward St. Antoine Street and Old Montréal. The old parade grounds (Champs-de-Mars) are by the city hall. This open area is a great spot to stop, catch your breath, and turn around to take a look at the vista of the Montréal cityscape. Just past Notre-Dame Street the Place Jacques-Cartier presents an open view down to the river. Old Montréal has innumerable activities to offer including museums, shops, the science centre and the opportunity to rent bicycles or rollerblades at Ça Roule Montréal, by the water. So, wander down St-Paul Street and enjoy some of the oldest architecture in North America, or head straight to the waterfront to rent your wheels for the afternoon, and enjoy the sun. It is worth it to head back downtown to experience the bison burgers that McKibbin’s Irish Pub has to offer; and, if you are in the mood to see and be seen, pick a bar on Crescent Street and lounge on the terrace until late in the night.


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Maison Kam Fung

Location:

1111 rue Saint-Urbain
H2Z 1Y6 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514 878 2888
fax: 514 878 9902


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Chinatown

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Location:

St-Laurent Boulevard
(Near de la Gauchetière)
H2Z 1E9 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 873 2015(Tourist Information)


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Underground City

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800 de La Gauchetière Street West
(Montreal Public Transit Authority)
H5A 1J6 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 843 8000
fax: +1 514 843 6092


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Marché Movenpick

Location:

1 Place Ville Marie
(At University and Cathcart)
H3B 4R7 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514 861 8181


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Champ-de-Mars

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Location:

Rue Notre Dame
(West of Gosford)
H2Y 1C6 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 873 2015(Tourist Information)
fax: +1 514 864 3838(Tourist Information)


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Place Jacques Cartier

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Between Notre-Dame and de la Commune St
H2Y 3B1 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 873 2015 (Tourist Information)


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Old Montreal

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Old Montreal
(Bleury St east to St-Denis St)
H2Y 3B2 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 873 2015(Tourist Information)
fax: +1 514 864 3838(Tourist Information)


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Marché Bonsecours

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350 Rue Saint Paul Est
At the foot of rue St-Claude
H2Y 1H2 Montreal, Canada

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tel: 514/872-7730
fax: +1 514 872 8477


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Old Port

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Location:

333 de la Commune Street West (Office)
(Near Place Jacques-Cartier)
H2Y 2E2 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 496 7678 / +1 800 971 7678 (Toll Free)
fax: +1 514 283 8423


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Ça Roule Montréal

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27 East De La Commune
Near St-Lawrence Boulevard
H2Y 1H9 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 866 0633
fax: +1 514 866 8909


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Place d'Armes

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Between St-Jacques St and Notre-Dame Street
(At St-Sulpice)
H2Y 1T1 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 873 2015(Tourist Information)


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Bank of Montreal Building

Location:

119 St-Jacques Street W
(Near St-Sulpice)
H2Y 1L6 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514 877 8940


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McKibbin's Irish Pub

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1426 Bishop Street
H3G 2E6 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514 288 1580
fax: 514 288 5363


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Crescent Street

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Location:

Sherbrooke St south to de la Gauchetière
Between rue de la Montagne and rue Bishop
H3G 2C1 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 873 2015(Tourist Information)


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Holiday Inn Select Montreal Centre-Ville

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Location:

99 Viger Avenue West
H2Z1E9 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 1 514 878 9888
fax: 1 514 878 6341


Day 2 - Montreal


After the standard fare breakfast that Eggspectation offers take an easy morning at the Musée des Beaux Arts on Sherbrooke Street. From there it is a 15 minute walk up to the Mount Royal, or a quick drive to the summit for the most spectacular view of the city. At night the cross on “the mountain” (as the locals call it) lights up the skyline. Café Cherrier is a typical Montréal bistro- and an excellent spot to stop for lunch. The bistro is located on the busy St. Denis Street in the heart of the Plateau Mont-Royal. This more typically francophone neighbourhood is dotted with chic bistros and boutiques. The Biodome is located at the Olympic Park. The Park was the site of the 1976 summer Olympics, and was a financial disaster for Montréal; however, it is visually stunning. Kids love riding the “great glass elevator”, and being able to see the city falling away from them. The Biodome is a fun venue to wander through, whether on a date or with the little ones. There are very few places that offer rainforests and puffins all in one shot! Back in Old Montréal for dinner (remember that this is Montréal, and dinner starts about 8pm) Stash Café offers Polish cuisine. Enjoy!


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Eggspectation

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Location:

201 St. Jacques Street West
H2Y 1L6 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514 282 0119
fax: +1 514 282 8115


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Musée des Beaux-Arts

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Location:

1379-1380 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
At rue Crescent
H3G 2T9 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514/285-2000
fax: +1 514 285 1057


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Mount Royal Park

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1260 Chemin Remembrance
(des Pins Ave north to Voie Camillien-Houde)
H3H 1A2 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 843 8240
fax: +1 514 843 8255


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Café Cherrier

Location:

3635 rue St-Denis
At rue Cherrier
H2X 3L6 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514/843-4308


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Biodôme de Montréal

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Location:

4777 Pierre-de-Coubertin Avenue
(Near Viau)
H1V 1B3 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 868 3000
fax: +1 514 868 3065


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Olympic Park

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Location:

4141 Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue
H1V 3N7 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 514 252 4141
fax: +1 514 252 0372


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Café Stash

Location:

200 St. Paul Street West
Ville-Marie
H2Y 2B6 Montreal, Canada

Contact:

tel: 514 845 6611


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