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Montreal Meltdown

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An August 2001 trip to Montreal by Foxboro Marmot

Montreal Expos Photo, Montreal, Quebec More Photos
Quote: Montreal is a beautiful city with comfortable summer weather... usually. On this trip a heat wave gripped the city, with temperatures reaching close to or over 100 degrees daily, which meant taking a different approach to seeing the sites!

Montreal Meltdown

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Overview

Montrel Street Scene Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Running the Lachine Rapids in the Saint Laurence River on the Saute-Mouton jet boats is an experience not to be missed, especially if the weather is sunny and warm. Montreal Expos games in Olympic Stadium are indoors, air conditioned and unbelievably economical to American baseball fans. The Biodome, a eco-tarium created from the cycling pavillion left from the Montreal Olympics, is a good place to visit with children.Quick Tips: You may have heard about the Canadian dollar. The advertising line goes something like "Your money goes further in Canada" because the American dollar is so much stronger than the Canadian currency. Currently the Canadian dollar is worth about 67 cents American,...Read More

McGill University

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Hotel | "McGill University Dorm"

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McGill University, on the flanks of Mont Royal itself, opens some of its dorms to travellers during the summer. Since we had a potential McGill student in our group, we decided to spend a night. The school is close to downtown and it's a quick walk downhill to the businesses on Sherbrook and another short walk to the Metro. However, the walk UPHILL at the end of the day is a grind! Rooms are spartan singles, with not much more space than the cell you''d have at Alcatraz and perhaps fewer amenities. Worst of all - - no air conditioning. This may not be a problem 51 weeks of the year, but was difficult for us. On the upside, the price is low - $37.50 CDN per night for an adult, dropp...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 14, 2001

McGill University
845 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2T5
(514) 398-4455

Castel Durocher

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Hotel

Castel Durocher Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Castel (no, not ''castle'') Durocher is a bed and breakfast in an 1898 Queen Anne style Victorian home owned by Vincent and Sandrine. The building itself is narrow, so narrow that the first time we drove down the street we missed it. It''s very distinct in its style... a mix of rough and smooth granite blocks, a witch-hat shaped turret, a dark grey slate roof and a balcony over the front entrance! Rooms are clean and comfortable with high ceilings. Some are unique: the Tintin room features twin beds with bedspreads and pillows of the French cartoon character, framed comic books and Vincent''s painting of Tintin in space on the windows. The Balcony room opens onto its own private balcony. The...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 14, 2001

Castel Durocher
3488 Rue Durocher
Montreal, Quebec

Saute Mouton Lachine Rapids Jet Boat

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Attraction | "Saute Mouton Rapids Ride"

Saute Mouton Lachine Rapids Jet Boat Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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From May through October specially designed jet boats leave Montreal's Old Port for a thrashing, splashing, soak-you-to-the-bone trip through the Lachine Rapids. We've taken this trip three times now. Each has been a treat, but none could compare to this year's trip when the air temperature hovered around 100 degrees F. About a half hour before scheduled departure you sit and watch a video for a better idea of what you're getting into, followed by an entertaining lecture given in both English and French on safety, clothing and boat procedures. Following the talk, if the group is large enough, it divides into two boats: English speakers in one, French in the other. Normally, the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 17, 2001

Saute Mouton Lachine Rapids Jet Boat
Clock Tower Pier, Vieux-port
Montreal, Quebec

Montreal Biodome

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Attraction | "Biodome"

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The Biodome is a creative reuse of the Olympic Velodrome - the old bike racing venue. After years of trying to figure out what to do with this structure, in 1992 it was turned into an indoor zoo divided into four distinct ecosystems. Like most zoos, it's appreciated more by children than adults. Go in the morning. On separate visits - years apart - by noon on a weekday there were horrendous lines at the ticket windows. Given the layout, it's hard to imagine that anyone would have a pleasant experience once they got in. There's a walkway 6 or 8 feet wide with viewing areas that winds through the building. In each sector birds and other animals either move about the space freely or are confine...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 17, 2001

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

Montreal Expos

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Attraction | "Montreal Expos Baseball"

Montreal Expos Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Olympic Stadium is a surprisingly nice place to see a ballgame, but with attendance figures so low, the team probably won't be in Montreal much longer. But, in an example of pretzel logic, it's the low attendance that makes the park such a great place to see a game. The park itself is a much-scorned 1970 vintage cookie cutter-enclosed, multi-use, Astro-turfed stadium, but you can get seats awfully close to the field! I've been to major league games in seven different cities this year. In most cases, I lined up the tickets months in advance and wound up with seats ranging from pretty good to crummy. In Montreal, you can walk up to the ticket booth close to game time and sit almost wherever...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2001

Montreal Expos
4141 Pierre-de-Coubertin Ave
Montreal, Quebec H1V 3H7
+1 514 790 1245

Canadian Visitor Tax Refund

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Not all visitors to Canada are aware that taxes paid on a variety of items are reimbursable. Non-residents who paid federal goods and services tax (GST) on short-term accomodations or goods can get that money back by filing within one year of the date the tax was paid. Further, until November 1, 2001, visitors can also recover Quebec Sales Tax (TVQ or PST) paid on short-term accomodations. If included in a tour package, only one-half of the tax on accomodations is refundable. The form itself is easy to use. There are some limitations. The total of purchases involved, before taxes, must exceed $200 CDN. Original receipts - not credit card slips - must accompany the filing. Each individual ...Read More