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    July 1 logistical question

    A question...

    I'm arriving on July 1

    From what I understand, that's moving day, and also Canada Day ?

    So, if I bring my car downtown, I should expect streets (especially side streets ) to be clogged with moving trucks, making finding a parking spot impossible ?

    Plus, it's Jazzfest

    Parking is always the most frustrating part of my trip

    I do take the Metro when it suits my purpose, but enjoy the freedom of having my own wheels...

    Sorry for the touristy question...

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    Depends where downtown? The downtown core should be fine or not any worse than it is now. Jazzfest isn't really located in the downtown core but that area will be a mess during that time. Basically finding free parking downtown is next to impossible, those BIXI bike stands took alot of parking spots downtown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smuler View Post
    I'm arriving on July 1
    From what I understand, that's moving day, and also Canada Day ?
    So, if I bring my car downtown, I should expect streets (especially side streets ) to be clogged with moving trucks, making finding a parking spot impossible ?
    Plus, it's Jazzfest
    Yes there will be a few moving trucks around in residential places. Nothing too major, depending on the neighborhood.
    There is usually a parade on St. Catherine st. for Canada Day as well as the Jazz fest you mentioned where many blocks are closed.
    If you're going downtown, you're going to have to know what areas to avoid ahead of time. Anything north of Mount Royal should be okay apart from the moving day thing which is minor compared to downtown from Fort st in the west (parade starts about there) to the Jazz Fest further east (ending around St. Laurent st)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salmacis View Post
    Yes there will be a few moving trucks around in residential places. Nothing too major, depending on the neighborhood.
    There is usually a parade on St. Catherine st. for Canada Day as well as the Jazz fest you mentioned where many blocks are closed.
    If you're going downtown, you're going to have to know what areas to avoid ahead of time. Anything north of Mount Royal should be okay apart from the moving day thing which is minor compared to downtown from Fort st in the west (parade starts about there) to the Jazz Fest further east (ending around St. Laurent st)
    Not to forget Fireworks on July 1st and 2nd that will block some streets and JC bridge.

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    This was a point of discussion with one of your local SPs just this last weekend. Having been to MTL for July 1st and the Jazz festival several times, the selection of SPs is reduced by many who are moving. This may limit your selection on your TDL list.

    Montreal Police are great at crowd control during the festival, but extremely poor at handling traffic. Montreal is reasonably well laid out and easy to get around on foot. Better to leave the wheels home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDon View Post
    Jazzfest isn't really located in the downtown core but that area will be a mess during that time.
    Place des Arts is not in the downtown core? When did they move it. It's my sense that 90% of Jazzfest is right smack dab in the middle of the downtown core.

    There's a ton of construction going on in and around the area around Place des Arts. I'd try to keep my car as far away from the downtown as possible. Park on a side street in NDG, the Plateau, Rosemont, etc. Ride your folding bike downtown and be sure to bring a sturdy lock for it.

    When you park on a side street in a residential area, pay particular attention to sections reserved for residents and street cleaning notices. You should be able to find a spot where you can leave a car from Thursday through Tuesday.

    I don't know if you've been in downtown recently, but just last year they extended the concrete bunker between the bike path and the car lanes on de Maisonneuve and the path is now protected from Berri right through the western end of NDG. Riding downtown is safer than ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rumpleforeskiin View Post
    When you park on a side street in a residential area, pay particular attention to sections reserved for residents and street cleaning notices. You should be able to find a spot where you can leave a car from Thursday through Tuesday.

    I don't know if you've been in downtown recently, but just last year they extended the concrete bunker between the bike path and the car lanes on de Maisonneuve and the path is now protected from Berri right through the western end of NDG. Riding downtown is safer than ever.
    Actually, I've never ridden my bike downtown, sad to say..

    My usual spin involves starting in Old Montreal, and riding along the Lachine canal to Parc Rene Levesque, then back towards the F1 circuit

    Thanks for the mention about Thursday thru Tuesday

    After Sunday, when I change hotels, I will have a reserved parking spot, so I should be fine

    I know of the Saturday night fireworks , I didn't know of the Friday night ones ??

    Rumples, I found this map, I guess I will have to delve into it deeper :

    http://servicesenligne2.ville.montre...ient=Serv_corp


    Thanks to all for their replies


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    Bixi also produces an excellent free paper version which you can probably pick up at the concierge at most major hotels. I know, for a fact, that they have it at the Opus, corner of Clark and Sherbrooke. It does a much better job of displaying the bikepaths and their relation to the city streets than does the $5 booklet produced by Velo Quebec. The latter covers the outlying areas, Laval and South Shore much more extensively, but that's probably meaningless for your purposes. The Bixi map also shows every Bixi station in the city. https://montreal.bixi.com/

    If you don't want to risk parking your bike on city streets, you might want to avail yourself of the Bixi system itself for just $5.00 per day. You'll find Bixi stations all over the areas you'll be covering though, for recreational purposes, their time limitations pretty much put the kibosh on that.
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    If you are planning on going out to eat at a restaurant on July 1, call before you go. Many restaurants are closed and I found this out the hard way a few years ago when I assumed that Sho Dan was opened, and it wasn't, nor were a few back up choices. At the time I ended up eating at Zen, a Chinese restaurant in the basement of the Omni which has since been closed.

    It seems illogical that any restaurateur would want to close at a time when Jazz Festival is in full force and the city is teeming with tourists, but the resto's employees have to move, and if you have to move, you can't work, and the resto owners can't make money. If you ask me it is a totally fucked up situation when you have hungry tourists in town who can't eat, and resto owners who can't make a cent on that date. Holding the holiday some other time would seem to be logical, but logic does not enter into it I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EagerBeaver View Post
    Holding the holiday some other time would seem to be logical, but logic does not enter into it I guess.
    This seems to be part of the beauty of Francophone way of life. Business doesn't necessarily dictate way of life. (Mod sorry to get slightly off subject).

    If you're willing to move upscale a bit on hotel, The Crystal has some great balconies to watch the Jazz Festival parades. Some are even big enough for a Jazz Festival Party.

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    Montreal is a 365 days a year SP/MP amusement park. Prepare with a few names and numbers before you arrive and you should have no problems.

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