Montreal Journals

Montreal in a Blizzard

A March 2002 trip to Montreal by mwenn2100

Quote: Instead of following the crowds to a spring break destination like Florida, a friend and I decided to break from tradition and explore Montreal. Little did we know a blizzard was in the works!

Montreal in a Blizzard

Overview

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Even though 3 of our 5 days in Montreal were in blizzard-like conditions, we had a blast. I can't wait to go back (maybe not in the winter) to see everything that I missed. Make sure you visit Crescent Street for the nightlife, shop on St. Catherine Street, and check out the shops in the underground. The city was beautiful, and the people were really great.Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: Personally, I try to avoid renting a car if I can help it. I don't want to deal with the traffic while I'm on vacation. Renting a car in Montreal is totally unnecessary. We took a taxi to and from the airport (with a set rate each way), then between walking and the metro, it is a breeze to...Read More

Chateau Royal Hotel Suites

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Hotel | "Chateau Royal Montreal"

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Because of the outrageous deals, due to the strength of the dollar when we went, we were able to get a junior suite here for about $50. Although the hotel was a bit rundown, the location was so perfect that we really didn't care. The hotel is located in Montreal City Center, within blocks from the subway, excellent shopping, bars, clubs, and the Molson Center. The hotel was located near the intersection of Crescent Street and Rue St. Catherine. Crescent Street is known as a bit of a party street, with many bars and clubs along it, while St. Catherine is a shopper’s haven. It is very convenient for people who like to stumble home at the end of the night or shop in blizzards! The r...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 2, 2005

Chateau Royal Hotel Suites
1420 CRESCENT STREET
Montreal, Quebec H3G2B7
514-848-0999

Dundee's

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Restaurant

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This restaurant was down the street from our hotel, so we walked through the snow to eat here for lunch. It was almost completely empty of customers (probably because it has a pub/bar atmosphere and was lunchtime during the week), but it was a great meal just the same. The interior was quite nice, with dark wood and a long bar. It was nicer than I would have imagined. The lighting was low, but the snow outside lit it up! Our waitress was extremely kind and talked at length with us about Montreal. She was more than willing to give us tips on what to see and do. If it had been busy, I'm sure she wouldn't have had the time, though. The food wasn't anything spectacular, but it was a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 2, 2005

Dundee's
2010 rue Crescent
Montreal, Quebec
(514) 985-2625

Crescent Street

Attraction | "Crescent Street (many)"

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Crescent Street is wild! There are numerous bars and clubs along the street, and it's a lot of fun to go from bar to bar. They all have a different feel and atmosphere, so keep looking until you find one that suits your taste.

We made it a point to go to each one to at least have a drink. It was fun either sitting at the bar chatting with locals and tourists (although we didn't meet many of those) or dancing the night away. The people were really friendly, and everyone just wanted to have a good time.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 2, 2005

Crescent Street
Sherbrooke St south to de la Gauchetière
Montreal, Quebec H3G 2C1
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Montreal Biodome

Attraction | "The Montreal Biodome"

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The Biodome is made up of four distinct but very different ecosystems. Visitors walk through each ecosystem (desert, tropical rainforest, polar, etc.) and encounter plants, flowers, and animals native to those environments. It was a fun way to spend a couple of hours, and I thought it was pretty unique. The macaroni penguins were quite a hit! If you are planning on seeing the Insectarium and Botanical Gardens, be sure to get an all-in-one ticket.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 2, 2005

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

Montreal Insectarium

Attraction | "Insectarium de Montreal"

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We didn't go through the entire Insectarium, as we were most interested in the butterflies in the free special exhibit. I'm not too into bugs, so the other creepy-crawly things didn't interest me much.

The special exhibit, however, was wonderful. You walk into a huge room and follow a path, completing a circle of the room. There were thousands of butterflies just flying around, sitting on plants, and actually landing on people. I was told that the exhibit usually happens once a year, so if you are there during the right time, stop and see them. The only downside was that it was so crowded, you could barely move and had to travel at the crowds pace or risk being pushed.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 2, 2005

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

Bell Centre

Attraction | "Ice Hockey at The Molson Centre"

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I'm a huge hockey fan, and you can't possibly go to Canada without catching a game if you love the sport.

We walked to the Molsen Centre from our hotel on Crescent Street (yes, through the piles of snow) and found that it was easy to navigate to (of course, that's because it's so big that it was always in our line of sight!).

The Molsen Centre building was great. The game was a bit of a disappointment (at least for the Canadians!), but it was just great being in the crowd. The beer was pretty expensive, but what is a hockey game without a frosty beverage? It was a great way to spend a night, and we met a lot of really great people.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 2, 2005

Bell Centre
1260 De La Gauchetière St W (near Crescent)
Montreal, Quebec H3B 5E8
(514) 398-6555