Escaping to Montreal

I wanted to escape someplace with an international feel and Montreal didn't disappoint me. The architecture and people made me feel a million miles from home even though I never had to cross an ocean.

Escaping to Montreal

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Constance on July 17, 2002

Jet-boating the Lachine rapids! Crazy , fun and a great way to cool off on a hot day.

Biking up Mont Royal. Check out the view and relax in the amazing park before speeding back down in to town.

Biking through the different section of town on the special bike trails and seeing the old architecture.${QuickSuggestions} Days are hot but nights can be chilly, so pack accordingly.

Bring comfortable walking shoes, cobblestones play havoc on your feet! ${BestWay} Taxis, walking and biking are all great options. We usually spent the mornings walking around, the afternoons biking so we could work out while touring the city and then opted for cabs to dinner and back.

Hotel Le Germain

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Constance on July 17, 2002

This boutique hotel was wonderful! The decor was minimal, with dark woods and white fabrics. Candles were lit, even in the daytime and large vases were filled with green apples or sunflowers to add splashes of color to the surroundings.

The room was large with the most comfortable bedding imaginable. Everything is for sale here and I ordered 2 of the pillows after my first night's sleep.

An interesting feature in the room was the glass wall in the bedroom that looked into the shower allowing very fun views. If you're shy there is a louvered blind that can be closed for privacy.

The hotel is located near great shopping and restaurants and the conceirge was always helpful at making the perfect recommendations for us.

A contintental buffet breakfast is included each morning with fruit, breads, crepes, cereal, juices, etc.

Hotel Le Germain - Montreal
Montreal, Quebec, H3A1Y9

Lachine Rapids Tours

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Constance on July 17, 2002

WET! Very, Very Wet. We'd been rafting before and loved it so figured we'd give this a try. This will put rapids into a whole new category. Instead of sitting in a little rubber raft and going down them once, you are in a large jet powered boat that takes you up and down them over and over.

The captain knows just when to put the boat in reverse so hundreds of gallons of water come crashing over the bow and sides of the boat and land directly on you. My mascara was running down my face after the first wave and totally off by the second!

It's scary, thrilling, wet, cold... and yet we all screamed and laughed for more.

Bring along an extra set of clothes for the obvious reasons. They provide lockers there for everything you want to keep dry.

The ride itself is only 30 minutes but you'll be talking about it for hours.

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

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