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Report 1148: Two Weeks in Montreal, With a Side-Trip to Quebec City

By PatrickLondon from UK, Fall 2006

Trip Description: Highlights of a home exchange, 29 October - 11 November 2006.

Destinations: Countries - North America; Regions/Cities - Canada

Categories: Vacation Rentals; Art Trip; Sightseeing; Walking/Hiking; Independent Travel; Single Traveler

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photo by Patrick Wallace

The view from Mont Royal

November might not seem the obvious time to spend two weeks in Montreal, but I got a proposal for a home swap just at the time I realised I had to use up some leave or lose it. I'd spent a few days there on a previous trip to Canada and I have pretty good French, so this seemed a perfect opportunity to find out more and do something rather different at a rather dull time of year.

As it happened, I was more than lucky with the weather and had a really good time. (You can see my photos by clicking the link under Photo Albums).

My exchange partners run a property business and offered me one of their vacation rental properties (the "Barcelona"), on rue St Hubert by the junction with rue Ontario. Beautifully decorated and furnished on the upper two floors of a Victorian house, the apartment has three bedrooms and a small study with a sofa bed, an upstairs bathroom and a downstairs shower room off the kitchen, with an attractive outside patio. It's very conveniently situated, about five minutes' walk from the Berri-UQAM metro stop and the long-distance bus station (for buses to the airport and further afield), fifteen minutes' walk from Vieux-Montreal and ten minutes' walk from Square St Louis, rue St. Denis and rue Prince Arthur for lots of restaurants.

The flights, with Air Canada, were fine. Maybe I'm lucky, but neither at Heathrow (Terminal Three, late on a Sunday morning) nor at Montreal (Saturday mid-afternoon) did I have any delays with security checks and so on. At Heathrow, everything metallic, including belts, was to be put through the X-ray scanner to avoid delays. Both airports seem to have discovered ladies who like barking at you to have your passport ready in your hand - this appears to be a new international profession.

Public transport in Montreal is excellent, with the metro using the single-fare system (transfer tickets are available for onward journeys by bus, but you must get it from the machine at the station you start from). There is some saving on buying six tickets, as well as day passes.

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