Anyone been to Montreal or Ottawa?
froot · 05/05/2004 19:27
Twink · 05/05/2004 22:00
No don't feel bad, just enjoy !
I've not been to Ottawa since I was a child but have been to Montreal again recently, erm except it was pre child and she's 4.5.. So not that recently - we had fab seafood though.
No help at all but it might help to bump the thread up the list !
skerriesmum · 06/05/2004 08:52
You are so LUCKY... Montreal is amazing! Second largest French city in the world, and the only place where you can eat haute cuisine in American portions at Canadian prices! I lived there for three years, 10 years ago. You will find everything really cheap, one pound sterling is at least two dollars if not two-fifty. Keep receipts for tax back, get them stamped at the airport just before you leave. Shopping: stroll down Mont-Royal Blvd for funky secondhand clothes, rue Sainte-Catherine has more mainstream stuff as well as department stores like Ogilvy and Eatons. Lots of underground malls too, take the metro to McGill or Peel and then you can walk literally for miles under the city... Rue Saint-Denis has lovely poke-around type shops and some great restaurants, L'Express for posh French. Saint-Laurent Blvd. has cool Jewish bakeries and delis; the Main has the best smoked meat sandwiches, a must try. Near Lafontaine Park is the charming Plateau area, lots of bring-your-own-wine restaurants! Prince Arthur Square, between Saint-Laurent and Saint-Denis, has inexpensive Greek places. There's a small Chinatown too. If you have more specific questions I'm happy to help. I've been to Ottawa, it's attractive with a good art gallery, but in my opinion Montreal is much more fun and I would spend more time there given the choice. Amusez-vous bien!
Janstar · 06/05/2004 09:41
I spent a few days in Montreal about 18 years ago, I can't give the great info like skerriesmum, but I'd just like to say that I loved Canada and the Canadian people are open, friendly and love the Brits. IMO they are the unspoilt, unprejudiced people of the world.
Have a wonderful time!
skerriesmum · 06/05/2004 20:39
Hi again Froot, and thanks Janstar, I feel proud (I'm Canadian, living in Dublin...) Besides shopping you could take in a gallery (Beaux-Arts is the big one, very good), or museum (the McCord comes to mind.) Vieux-Montreal and the Old Port are nice for a walk, good architecture, even the McDonalds looks classy! Mount Royal Park has good views of the city. A bit further out, near the Olympic Park, is the Jardin Botanique with Chinese & Japanese gardens. When you arrive get the Mirror, a free paper with film listings etc. Another fun street is Crescent, the Hard Rock Cafe is there, the bars are more English speaking. I don't know if it's still there but I always liked a breakfast place called Eggspectations! I'm so homesick now...
skerriesmum · 07/05/2004 11:32
Montreal... Ottawa has nice gardens too though, near Parliament Hill. Let me know how you get on!
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