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  • janiceburch
    Templeton, CA92 contributions
    We enjoyed walking around old Montreal. It's a beautiful city with European charm. Definitely want to go back.
    Written December 5, 2022
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  • nathaniel m
    11 contributions
    Early morning sunrise experience 18 minute walk from the Sofitel Hotel up to Belvedere Kondiaronk View Point ! There are many many options to choose from but if your desire is to make a " quick strike " and experience a beautiful sunrise this hike is for you ! It requires sets of steps to get to but well worth the climb ! Sunrise on a Sunday surprisingly not crowded !
    Written November 7, 2022
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  • Harvey689
    Alexandria, VA117 contributions
    The basilica and complex are amazing and there is no charge to enter but donations are accepted. The architecture is much less ornate than the other Notre Dame Basilica but somehow the simplicity and modernity was calming and conducive to focusing on the spirituality of the basilica. The view from the terrace is also amazing. To get here, we took the Metro orange line to Snowden station, then walked along Queen Mary Road to the entry. There is a shuttle van that takes you up and down the hill. Overall, we enjoyed our visit and history of the Oratory. We highly recommend to visit here.
    Written December 2, 2022
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  • AntWorld365
    14 contributions
    Market Jean-Talon is at the same Metro stop (Orange Line), and while we were there in November, many kiosks were still operating outdoors. Many were closed for the winter season, but midway was a Middle Eastern Sweet Shop and we cheated and stuffed our face with Baclava and other things we could not pronounce but looked so good and tasted great. We bought sausages and salad fixings and then cooked them back at the apartment and enjoyed the meal. It was just like living here.
    Written November 6, 2022
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA14,354 contributions
    As you walk along the river, you will find some historic marks that explain the area and what was once here. This part of the port still serves the cruise and tourism industry. There are things to do here and some green space. Nearby are lots of cafes and restaurants. Good place on a sunny day.
    Written November 1, 2022
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  • Moe B
    Vancouver, Canada65 contributions
    We were walking along when my wife (her name is Barbie) spotted the Barbie Expo sign. My Barbie being a Barbie doll fan since childhood decided we were going in. No way was I going to object, so I found a nice place to sit and watch a football game on my phone while my Barbie walked among the hundred (yes, hundreds) of Barbie dolls costumed to reflect different cultures, fashion styles and eras, professions, and events. There were Barbies of all ages, ethnicities, and races. There were fancy Barbies and casual Barbies. It was a seemingly endless display of probably every Barbie ever created (and where did they all come from?). There was even a photo booth you could go into and have your picture taken pretending to be a new-in-box Barbie doll. My wife wandered for an hour, I watched the football game until my phone died. My team won. My wife saw all her childhood Barbie's. It was a great day.
    Written October 22, 2022
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  • Tracy S
    Peterborough, NH116 contributions
    Had fun exploring this neighborhood. So many wonderful shops, restaurants and architecture to enjoy.
    Written November 25, 2022
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  • digitalroc
    Calgary, Canada1,416 contributions
    Saint-Catherine’s Street is a very long street that weaves through several different neighbourhoods in Montreal. There is a lot going on here, lots of restaurants, pubs and shopping. I actually ended up seeing Emmanuel Arceneaux of the Elks walking down the street the night before the game. In hindsight, I should have stopped to say hi and get a selfie with him. I ended up walking along Saint-Catherine’s Street several times during my week-long stay.
    Written August 14, 2022
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  • Cris H
    Toronto, Canada438 contributions
    Truly beautiful and the scale of this place blows your mind. The architecture, the paintings, the carvings. There is so much to see it was well worth an hour enjoy.
    Written November 3, 2022
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  • Alex Sico
    Calgary, Canada193 contributions
    Very well made on the island and metro access was simple and quick, even with literally thousands of people attending at the same time.
    Written December 7, 2022
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA14,354 contributions
    We had a great afternoon at the market, although we probably should have arrive earlier when more stalls were open. Still we were able to shop for dinner plus a lot of stuff for our apartment. Very pleasant merchants throughout.
    Written October 25, 2022
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  • Corihi
    Honolulu, HI430 contributions
    We visited the Notre Dame Bonsecours Chapel, also known as the Sailors’ Church, out of curiosity. Small ships were suspended from the ceiling of the church by sailors and their families as thanks for safe passage at sea. Though it is not a grand church like the Notre Dame Basilica, we enjoyed our visit there. It was something different and interesting. We also liked the intimate atmosphere.
    Written November 6, 2022
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  • AnLil
    865 contributions
    I visited Montreal for a conference and toured the campus again. McGill and University of Toronto are typically tied, ranked first for Canadian universities. McGill’s reputation is boosted by the amazing city it’s situated in. Birks and many buildings were old, so there wasn’t as much in terms of technology, aside from Arts and Science buildings. However, the campus was lovely in the centre of it all in Montreal. Everyone liked the university: everything was compact, interesting to see, welcoming, and accessible on foot. It’s best to visit on a Friday or weekday. During Frosh Week at the end of August, there were free drinks, sponsor treats, and bustling activity by the front gates of the university on West Sherbrooke St. This grassy knoll atop McGill College, which leads down to the heart of the shopping district on Sainte-Catherine, is a student hub in warmer weather. For some reason, people were giving away free McGill shirts that said “Harvard of Canada.” (The trademark red college shirts are sold at Librairie le James bookstore by Musee McCord Stewart, not at the Bookstore on McGill College facing the main gates.) This is where women’s strike activity around 1948 was led by the International Labour Organisation, based on McGill campus beside central McCall MacBain Hall at Dawson Hall (853 Sherbrooke O.). These Socialist-bent students were later influential in the rise of the federal NDP party by supporting politicians from Saskatchewan, and social welfare/Medicaid programs. It all started here, from where future leaders originally gathered, above Dr William Alex Molson’s 1906 House on McGill College Ave. A parking/car entrance is off Rue University, below the original area of campus. The other area of the university is nearer the foot of Mont-Royal; this park/mountain provides a stunning backdrop to both McGill and Concordia universities in the shared vicinity. All of the student housing was bunched along Sherbrooke at the other end, toward Ave du Parc and Milton in the grungier part of the “Student Ghetto.” The area still felt safe, as we arrived at 2 a.m. and saw women walking solo through the neighbourhood. Whatever you do, don’t miss McGill, which is not far from all the action at Sainte Catherine Rue. Everything’s accessible by foot or by underground Metro (not to be mistaken with the supermarket chain) around McGill College Ave., and shopping malls can be found surrounding Scotiabank theatre—not far from underground Peel Street (or McGill) Metro stations. It’s worth a visit to Montreal Centre-Ville—especially in May-June and early fall. Enjoy the great food awaiting you, along with a diversity of shops and sights!
    Written November 6, 2022
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  • Michael A
    Toronto, Canada572 contributions
    Thriving 'hood with a youthful, fun vibe. Artists murals are tucked around corners, behind parking lots, dotted throughout. Small parks also dot the urban scape, as do great eating places, interesting shops, galleries, clothing stores and many cafes. This is a neighbourhood that feels human in scale, viable and vivacious.
    Written October 1, 2022
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  • Stirling B
    Ottawa, Canada584 contributions
    While in Montreal recently, I had the opportunity to use the Montreal Underground to get from Old Montreal right up to Ste Catherine Street. Most of my walk was along concrete and brick walls, however it was punctuated by some shops and fast food outlets. The Montreal Underground is especially useful in winter when temperatures plunge in Montreal.
    Written June 13, 2022
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