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French Culture in North America

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An October 2004 trip to Montreal by thestickman23

Hyatt Regency Montreal Photo, Montreal, Quebec More Photos
Quote: Montreal is a truly unique and beautiful city. Experience the culture of France right here in North America. From great food to fun attractions, Montreal has something for everyone.

French Culture in North America

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Overview

Montreal Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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I found the city of Montreal to be unique and unlike any other city I have ever visited. During the day, you can take in beautiful museums or have a latte at a corner cafe, and during the evening, you can dine on exceptional French cuisine, then go carousing at a nightclub or take in the bar scene. Take it all in—just give yourself enough time to be cultured. Here are a few of my "can't-be-missed" in Montreal. The Basilique Notre Dame is a true gem. The intricate wood work, stunning artwork, and attention to detail make this cathedral one of the most beautiful in the world. Another unique experience in Montreal is the Biodome. This building was used in the 1976 Olympics as the...Read More

Hyatt Regency Montreal

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Hotel

Hyatt Regency Montreal Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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When in Montreal, I stayed at the Hyatt Regency. Located on Jeanne-Mance in the center of Montreal’s cultural district, the hotel is directly across the street from the Convention Centre, the Performing Arts Center, and the Contemporary Museum of Art. The best part is that, if it is freezing outside, you don’t even have to walk out onto the street. Just go underground, and you will be there in a couple of minutes. The Hyatt Regency is also within walking distance of all of your shopping needs. From the lobby of the hotel, there is access to one of Montreal’s many underground malls. You are also within walking distance of Saint Catherine Street, where you can find many major store outlets. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 2, 2005

Hyatt Regency Montreal
1255 Jeanne-Mance, PO Box 130
Montreal, Quebec H5B 1E5
(514) 982-1234

Montreal Biodome

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Attraction | "Biodome de Montreal"

Montreal Biodome Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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The Biodome de Montreal was definitely one of the highlights of our stay in Montreal. What was once the old Olympic bicycle-racing stadium is now an enormous living ecosystem of wildlife and plant life, sectioned into four different habitats. The four habitats include the Tropical Forest, Laurentian Forest, St. Lawrence Marine Ecosystem, and Polar World. Each of these ecosystems is unique. We purchased a combo ticket that included the Insectarium de Montreal, Jardin Botanique de Montreal, the Biodome de Montreal, and the Olympic Tower. By purchasing the combo ticket (C$27 for an adult ticket), we saved ourselves a great deal of money. For an additional fee, you can rent audio-guide headph...Read More

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Montreal Biodome
4777 Pierre-de-Coubertin Avenue
Montreal H1V 1B3
(514) 868-3000

Montreal Insectarium

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Attraction | "Insectarium de Montreal"

Montreal Insectarium Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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The Insectarium de Montreal is a must-see for anyone who is bringing along children. Scratch that. The Insectarium is a must-see for everyone, except maybe the squeamish. The Insectarium has over 100,000 insects on display, and 20,000 of them are alive. The Insectarium admission is included with the purchase price of the Jardin Botanique de Montreal. To save money, we purchased a package that included the former places, the Biodome, and the Olympic Tower for C$27. The Insectarium is not only unique on the inside but unique on the outside too. The outside is in the shape of a fly’s head!!! The eyes are made of glass; take a moment to check it out. Upon entering the Insectarium...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 2, 2005

Montreal Insectarium
4581 Rue Sherbrooke Est
Montreal, Quebec
(514) 872-1400

Jardin Botanique de Montreal

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Attraction

Jardin Botanique de Montreal Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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When my brothers and I purchased the package ticket to the Insectarium, Biodome, and the Olympic Tower, the Botanical Gardens were included with the price of admission. We were questioning whether it was worth our time to stop by and visit the gardens, but after a couple of minutes of collaborating, we said, "Why not, we paid for it." To our surprise and amazement, my brothers and I were glad we stopped by. Though we didn't tour the entire grounds, our favorite display was the Chinese garden. My brothers and I were so impressed with the display that we stayed and took pictures for over and an hour and a half. From what I understand, all of the display pieces were shipped over to Montreal fro...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 24, 2005

Jardin Botanique de Montreal
4101 Sherbrooke E.
Montreal, Quebec