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I was in Montreal a few months ago, and I was worried about this. I tried my best to learn some French through podcasts (Coffee Break French - I really liked Coffee Break Spanish), but I still felt like I was floundering. Be aware though, that just 10 words can get you very far, if they're the right words. Hello, Goodbye, Please, Thank you, Yes, No, ...


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On flights into Canada they repeatedly announce that all passengers must claim their bags and clear customs at the first point of entry, regardless of their final destination within Canada or elsewhere. Repeatedly. Also customs in Montreal usually asks if you have checked bags. It is really unfortunate that you were given wrong information by Qatar Airlines. ...


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Ottawa we can pretty safely drop from the list -- as a planned city populated mostly by government bureaucrats, it's got a few good museums but very little else to interest the casual visitor, and it's quite hard to get around without a car. Montreal vs Toronto is a more interesting showdown. Personally, I'd cast my vote for Montreal: it feels a bit ...


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It's not a neighbourhood per-se, but I think you'd find the Olympic Park interesting. You've got the main stadium itself, which is impressive and you can go up the tower to an observatory to see the surrounding area. That in itself could be enough to tick your urban design box! Also in the park you have the Montreal Biodome, in the old cycling facility. ...


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Whenever I used to visit Montreal I'd try to hit as many of the following as possible: The Old Port of Montreal St. Catherines street Bell Centre/new forum. Plus the old forum, it's a lot of hockey history, and my favourite restaurant is right next door (indeed the only St. Hubert's I'll go to) Olympic Stadium, although it was more when they had a baseball ...


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I was there (and Quebec City) back in March. I knew a few basic words in French, and I think most people like it when you respond in the same language as them. I generally responded in my mangled French, they'd usually smile and without asking, switch to English to communicate with me. No fuss, no question, they'd just change. Very hospitable. Basically, ...


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To answer your question, it is useful but not that important. You are correct in saying that the majority of people in Montreal understand English. The majority also understand French too. You will also find that there are many people who live here which speak neither of these languages and have been in Montreal for a decade or more! You should be prepared ...


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I recommend Outremont. It is a very European feeling neighborhood with a lot of Montreal history (for instance St. Viateur Bagel is there). It also has a very large (I heard second largest in the world, after NYC) Hasidic Jewish community, which gives a nice flavor to the neighborhood. It is also relatively easy neighborhood to reach, just take route 80 up ...


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There are already plenty of good suggestions, but I'll add my grain of salt: it kind of depends where you are from. Montreal is a nice city to visit, particularly if you are not European. The reason being that Quebec (the province) is unique in America for its European flair. Montreal being a big city has a different take on that flair and that is pretty ...


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Assuming you have a debit card on the Cirrus network, you should be able to get Canadian cash very easily. You should know we have two kinds of ATMs - those associated with a bank and the so-called "White label" ones that are typically in convenience stores and hotel lobbies and charge a much higher fee. The machine will tell you the fee as part of the ...


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If those are your three choices, I'd suggest Montreal. Montreal and Ottawa are a less than two hours from eachother, so you can easily take a morning train and spend the day there, before returning to Montreal. Ottawa is a beautiful city, and is home to some of the best museums in the world (see Museum of Civilization, Air and Space Museum, and more). Also ...


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I have no first-hand experience, but taking the train looks like a nice option. The trip takes slightly more than 3 hours, and quoting Via Rail's schedule page, there are "five departures every weekday from both Montréal and Québec City, and three departures on Saturdays and Sundays". It looks like baggage allowance won't be a problem either. Regarding ...


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Firstly, the lesson for next time - if you've got something important, especially if it's small like documents, then always carry it onto the plane with you rather than putting it in your checked luggage. There is always the possibility of bags being lost, and taking it in your carry-on is always the safer option. As far as getting your bag back, there is ...


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I wouldn't say it's a faux pas though perhaps a small minority of people there might regard it as such. But since you know some French, I highly recommend you practice it and switch to English at the point you feel your French won't hold up well enough to further the conversation. I do this wherever I travel, starting with "hello" in the language then ...


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Toronto is the most "typical" Canadian city. It's big (with over 15% of Canada's people), and broadly representative of the country. As an English-speaking American, I found Montreal to be interesting, because of the interaction between English and French. Of the three, it is most reminiscent of Switzerland, which judging from the question, is not the best ...


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While there are many dedicated and local sites that you can find for concert listings, I find that Last.fm's Events section usually has everything. Especially for large cities like New York, Toronto, and Montreal it will definitely cover everything, no matter how esoteric your music tastes are. And if you 'scrobble' your listening to Last.fm, it can even ...


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Contrary to the popular opinion I would strongly recommend against the trains. Reason being the trains run slower then buses, for example the Maple Leaf which runs NYP-Toronto runs 12h 30min and makes a bunch of stops. Adirondak which runs NYP-Montreal is kind of in the same boat and runs 10h 30min. Granted that a big chunk of both runs along the Hudson ...


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Yup, with 12 hours it's very feasible and I would definitely go for it. In order: Yes, there is a "cloakroom" outside arrivals, rates $2-6/day depending on bag size. However, why not just check in your bags for your next flight immediately, and only then set off to explore? The easy public transport option is the direct 747 bus, $9 return including ...


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What you are doing is fine and common practice. Most people here, including myself who has been living in Montreal 15 years, just keep going with the language being spoken. So, if you switch to English, most staff will follow in English too. If they cannot, which does happen from time to time, they will respond back in French. Just keep the conversation slow ...


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As a bachelor party this would probably be.... I am not sure but let me get some stuff out there to see if this will work. There was nothing much in Quebec from the Heritage Canada Foundation but one was of interest: Maison Historique George-Etienne Cartier There is a whole bunch of festivals, but I don't know which ones you will be able to make or be ...


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Seat61 has a good page covering these three routes. You basically have one daytime train a day each way, between New York and Toronto (The Maple Leaf) and New York to Montreal (Adirondack). Journey time is around 12 hours, with the trains during the morning and arriving in the evening. It looks like there's nice scenery for much of it, but it does take a lot ...


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Toronto is an interesting base from which to see things outside of Toronto as well as the city itself. For example Niagara Falls is just about an hour away from Toronto. In the fall, there are bus tours north of the city to see the leaves turn - Montreal may offer that as well. Toronto is also close to Stratford (for Shakespeare etc) and Niagara on the Lake ...


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You can get 1- or 3 day (tourist) passes. More at http://www.stm.info/English/tarification/a-1a3jours.htm . We used them a couple of years ago - they worked just as advertised.


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Vancouver-Montreal is a domestic flight. Thus, you will pass immigration as you arrive in Vancouver, after which you are inside Canada. You can then move within Canada however you want, you can even ditch your plane ticket and decide to walk to Montreal (not recommended). As you don't want to live in fear of missing the connection, I suggest you meet your ...


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I see from your profile that you're located in France. So let's start with the possibly-obvious: Montreal is not in America, while Atlanta is. I mention this because train and bus travel across the US-Canada border is not exactly co-ordinated. Luckily many American bus and train companies offer service to Montreal. Some Canadian ones offer service to New ...


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Hertz is showing me $900 CAD per week from the Montreal airport to JFK with an AAA discount (about $50 more without). That's a little under $900 USD, if that sounds affordable.


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If you are looking for the cheapest option you can try to share a ride from NYC to Montreal or NYC to Toronto. There is also a Facebook group NYC-Montreal. However, the train might be more reliable and i would prefer it if you have a tight schedule, or a flight to catch. I have never taken the train between those routes, but on the west coast between ...


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As long as you're being polite, it's fine. There are plenty of American tourists there (arrogant and otherwise), and it is (semi?)officially bilingual. (Not quite - See @Zonata's comment/link) It is an opportunity to use your French a little, but you will be understood by (almost) everyone in English. Even if you were fluent in both, you'd be switching ...


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Google Maps suggests that a road trip from Montreal to Atlanta takes about 18 hours. Given how many people from Montreal routinely drive down to Florida for their Christmas holidays, I'd say that's realistic. Whether this is a better way to travel than by plane depends on your personal preferences - if I were to take the road option, I'd probably go for 3 ...


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An alternative to last.fm, Songkick offers a similar feature where you can search cities for events, and add your own musical tastes to narrow the search.



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