Montreal Journals

Quebec: Montreal

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An October 2000 trip to Montreal by kylebarber

Old Montreal/Vieux Montreal Photo, Montreal, Quebec More Photos
Quote: The highlights from my recent long weekend in Montreal.

Quebec: Montreal

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Overview

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Lots of times it is hard to get your friends excited about leaving New York City to visit a nearby destination. There just aren't too many cities that have the attractions, amenities or character that can compare with the Big Apple. Montreal is my best bet for a reasonably close destination that offers something different for the jaded New Yorker. It's full of character, what with the majority of the population speaking French rather than English and the city maintaining a very European sensibility. Montreal also has some great sights and attractions, and is a wonderful place to check out the changing colors of autumn. I went up to Quebec to attend an annual gay dance party, but probably enjoy...Read More

Hilton Montreal Airport

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Hotel

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It's my belief that by paying a little bit extra and staying at a Hilton, Westin or Sheraton can make a huge difference on how you enjoy your vacation. So when I found an inexpensive promotional weekend fare for Hilton's Montreal airport location I figured it was worth staying just outside of town. Well, contrary to what the Hilton phone representative told me, Dorval is not just a quick trip to the city's center.Travelling fifteen to twenty minutes by car each way wasn't so bad, but finding parking downtown was a real challenge. I also felt frustrated in the evenings when I wanted to linger or have a drink, but realized that I had to get myself back to the hotel somehow. Next time I will definitel...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 12, 2000

Hilton Montreal Airport
12505 Cote de Liesse
Montreal, Quebec H9P1B7
(514) 631-2411

Club Sandwich

Restaurant

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Despite its corny name, Club Sandwich is an okay eatery that is conveniently located to the gay bars and open 24 hours. Located in the Hotel Bourbon complex, it is thematically decorated with a southern touch and is as cheery as your average amusement park dining option. The servings are quite large and rather inexpensive, making this a great place to grab a bite and save money for the bars later on. The food is just good, comparable to an American chain like Ruby Tuesday's or TGIFriday's.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 20, 2000

Club Sandwich
1578 Rue Ste-Catherine East
Montreal, Quebec
(514) 523-4679

Club Unity Montreal

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Attraction | "Unity"

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This is probably the most popular gay bar in Montreal, situated in the heart of the Village along Saint Catherine street. It was packed every night that I visited, though I was in town for the Black & Blue weekend, Montreal's premiere gay event, which accounts for much of the heavy traffic. With a well lit and wide open cruising bar downstairs and a more intimate space upstairs that can be used for shows, Unity has a lot of space with which to entertain its customers.The crowd was fairly mixed, but a number of young and attractive men were seen on the lookout. Drinks are measured in Canada, and pretty weak at that. Coming from New York, where you are served rather stiff cocktails, I was surpris...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 20, 2000

Club Unity Montreal
1171 Ste-catherine St E (near Wolfe)
Montreal, Quebec H2L 2G8
(514) 523-2777

Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery

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Attraction | "Notre-Dame-des-Neiges"

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I guess you wouldn't really classify a cemetery as a "park" but I went to see Notre-Dame-des-Neiges, supposedly the largest cemetery in North America, to check out the natural splendor rather than visit any French Canadian relatives of days gone by. The cemetery is beautiful, with many fanciful Victorian tombstones and mausoleums. There are quite a few obelisks as gravimeters, which certainly doesn't seem very Catholic. I would guess that these folks were , but it seems strange for such a Catholic town... From the top of Notre-Dame-des-Neiges you are afforded spectacular views of Montreal. The cemetery is located on the north west summit of Mont Royal, which also contributes to the relative si...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2000

Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery
4601 Côte-des-Neiges Road (Near Forest Hill)
Montreal, Quebec H3V 1E7
+1 514 735 1361

Old Montreal/Vieux Montreal

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Attraction | "Vieux Montreal"

Old Montreal/Vieux Montreal Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Crammed with tourists who navigate from one souvenir shop to another, the historic center of Montreal is still worth checking out for its grand old structures and cute sidewalk cafes. It's also a departure point for many other activities located on the Parc des Isles, including outdoor sports, a casino, museums and an amusement park. The Place d'Armes piazza is flanked by the Basilique Notre-Dame and the domed Bank of Montreal. Place Jacques-Cartier leads down to the waterfront from Champs-de-Mars with cute little restuarants and shops lining the route. Montreal's City Hall and older court house are also due south of the Champs-de-Mars. I didn't climb up it, but apparently the Clock Tow...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 19, 2000

Old Montreal/Vieux Montreal
Borough of Ville-Marie
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 3B2