Sight seeing in Montreal...
If you were to recomment just three places to visitm which would you recommend to a visitor in terms of museums, aquariums, etc...
I suggest buying an Entertainment book for the Montreal et Environs and see the offers they have. I remember in the past that they have disounts on various siteseeing activities, including the IMAX, museums, etc. Further, right now, they're being sold at 50% off, not a bad sell.
Also, consider going on one of those boat tours. They have tours that run like 1 and 1/2 hr, 2 1/2 hr, or 4 hours.
You may even consider paying for one of those horse rides through town. I think they run like $60 bucks an hour.
Oftentimes, your hotel lobby has little brochures of various touristy acitivites, including all the ones that you mentioned.
Personally I would recommend seeing the Biodome/Insectarium/Jardin Botanique as they normally offer a package for all three, with tour carts to move you from one to the other.
The Oratoire St-Joseph is a must see, and the Old Montreal/Port area has a very antic european ambiance, although in spring it does kinda look dusty and barren without the sun and trees.
With the warming weather, the best sight-seeing would be sunbathing at a terrace on St-Laurence/Prince-Arthur, looking at the young cuties showing their new summer clothes
The place that is reportedly most visited by tourists coming to Montreal is l'Oratoire Saint-Joseph.
Originally Posted by Le Cock Sportif
Hi Hanky Panky,
Originally Posted by hankypanky
This is my top 3. When I am with visitors from outside the country or the province (...or the City), this is where I go with them:
1.) Rue ST-Denis and Rue Mont-Royal: this is the heart of Montreal and specially of the Plateau Mont-Royal. Just take a slow walk and enjoy the sun.... and the Cafés -terrasses. This is one of the places where you can feel the pulse of Montreal. Restaurants on St-Denis and Mt-Royal are among the best in Montreal: true gastronomy. And beyond all that, this is where you will find the most beautiful women in Montreal. You will end up speechless after one saturday afternoon on St-Denis. I guarantee you.
2.) The Old Port and the "pistes cyclables" of Lachine Canal: just enjoy the place; put your sun glasses, dress like an Elvis (no...joke ), rent a bike or roller skates for 2 or 3 hours and go down the bicycle path. Amazing. Sometimes, during the nice summer day the place is quite jammed, but who cares! And, again, you will end up speechless...
3.) A personal one: "The Botanical Garden". I just like it. It is simply beautiful. It is a real piece of art, specially the Chinese Garden.
Forget the Casino, the Aquarium and Chez Parée. There is a better aquarium in Boston, better casinos in Vegas and better strip clubs in St-Hyacinthe...
The best sight seeing in Montreal is all those girls in mini-skirt...
you can just stay indoors and see girls without any clothes on.
I have to agree that haningout at the corner of St.Laraurant and Price Arthur is pretty good.. or on St.Denis between Ontario and Maisonneuve
My favourite Montréal walks:
From Mont-Royal (see Elvis' post), walk down Saint-Denis till Sherbrooke street, then turn West till Saint-Laurent, and then back up Saint-Laurent till Mont-Royal. Thus you will sample two facets of Montréal: Saint-Denis was our hip street in the 1970's, when the baby-boomers were still drinking beer and before they moved to the suburbs. It's now a destination for our 450- brethen when they get bored of their shopping malls (sorry, couldn't resist ). Saint-Laurent was rejuvenated in the 1990s, with the help of Daniel Langlois' Ex-Centris movie theatre, Hell's Angels drug-money-laundering restaurants, and some public funds (Gilbert Rozon's Musée Juste pour Rire).
My other favourite walk is from Mont-Royal up to the Observatory (see LCS' post) on the top of Mount-Royal. From Jeanne-Mance park, weave your way through the woods up the mountain-side. The best time for this is on a Sunday afternoon, when Montreal's bio-equitable-antiglobalization Sandalista crowd gets to play percussion in Jeanne-Mance park. For our US friends out there, think of Washington Square in NYC.
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