Canada


Montréal

  • Very user friendly transportation
    • single metro system
  • Prices not exorbitant, but eating out for every meal could get expensive
  • Speaking of food:
    • Poutine: gravvy and mozzarella melted over french fries
    • Crêpes: all varieties of sweet and savoury
    • Bages: esp. from Fairemount or St.a Vailure
    • BBQ: esp. côte St. Luc (or any BBQ chicken!)
  • Great nightlife. Si vous cherchez pour…
    • la fête…
      • Crescent Street (ex. Thursdays or Winston Churchill for example)
      • St. Laurent’s Street
    • Pub Irlandais…
      • Bishop Street
        • ex. Moose Bawr or Grumpy’s are both know for having live music
      • Anywhere near Concordia University’s district
  • Thriving Gay Village near Berri downtown
    • GREAT hang-out called L’Escalier. Easy to miss bc its only as wide as its doorway.
  • Hockey
  • Sites
    • Isle St. Helene
    • Old Montréal
    • Underground City Downtown
    • Desjardins
    • Chinatown
    • Old Port
    • Mount Royal et le chalet
    • Beaver Lake & Ice Rink
    • Parc La Fontaine
    • Notre Dame Cathédral
    • Les Place des Beaux Arts
  • Interesting Facts:
    • Home to 7+ major universities including but not limited to
      • McGill, Concordia, Université de Montréal, UQÀM, HTC, Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, LaSalle College, and a number of Cégeps.
      • Allan Memorial Institute

Main takeaway: Montréal= Progressive + Hipster + Outdoorsy+ Haut Culture


Quebec City

  • Things to Do
    • Tobogganing
    • Cross-country Skiing
    • Snow Shoeing
    • Outdoor Sports & Excursion companies very available
    • Dog Sledding!
  • Sites to See
    • Chateau Frontenac
    • Les Rapides de Montmortancy
    • Panorama from the rotating restaurant in the Concorde
    • Ice Hotel
    • Museums
  • Going Out
    • St. Jeans for pubs
    • Grand Allée for clubs
  • Transportation
    • Convenient escape train fairs though VIA from Montréal and other city as low as 33 Canadian Dollars
      • comfortable, easy navigation
      • free wifi
      • luggage friendly
    • No metro, but a convenient bus system.
      • Cost is $3.50 per fare, BUT you have to ask for the transfer ticket.
      • No change is given
  • Misc Notes:
    • Gorgeous city in any season. Weather is no limit to enjoyment here.
    • A pricier city for Canada but well worth it.
    • There is a huge triple mall (Place de la Citie, Laurient, and another which are connected) If you need to find something, this is the place, although some of the districts downtown might be more conveniently located within walking distance.

Toronto

Although Toronto prompted many a wrinkled nose from quebecois, and I saw why once I arrived, I feel like I can’t bullet point this city the way I might for the other cities who display a more upfront charisma.  My two stays in the city book-ended a camping trip in the middle of Ontario, so didn’t really have the time to uncover the city as I normally would BUT here is a link to some of my experiences here: Toronto .