I am an American graduate student. I am planning to visit Montreal from Wednesday to Friday this week along with two of my friends. I have some rather specific questions with regard to my trip. Some input would be extremely helpful. Here goes:
a) Is a trip to Mont Tremblant worthwhile? Any input on what I can expect up there would be very helpful.
b) Is there a way to get on the VIP lists/guestslists of Club Vatican or Club LaBoom ahead of time?
c) Has anyone heard of or taken the “Croisiere historique sur le Canal de Lachine” boat tour? Is it worthwhile?
d) Have you heard of the following restaurants?
Canadian maple delights
Any feedback on these places would be great.
e) The following places are on my list of “places to visit”
Is there anything important I am missing? Please let me know.
Hiya Pranav! Some answers for you.....
a) Tremblant is a great place to go, summer or winter. Here's the St. Sauver website as well, another great town to check out.
b) Here are the websites for both clubs, Vatican and LaBoom. They both have contact numbers and email addresses. Get in touch with them, tell them you're from out of town and yuo want to party at their clubs because they're so good...totally butter them up! Other than that, I'll ask around amongst my friends because we used to know some promoters and I'll get back to you. I'd recommend 737 if it's warmer ourside...it's got a great terrace that has a beautiful view of the city, but remember to dress nice, they can be discriminating if you don't!
c) I looked at the boat tour's website and it seems alright, although if you're really up for something, maybe try rafting on the Lachine Rapides. It's a bit more pricey, but seems like a lot more fun! (Also, check out when they offer the rafting, because I know some places start in June...I didn't see it on the website, you would have to call them).
d) I have never been to any of those restaurants, but try the MontrealPlus website for reviews. If you want some hip and happening stuff, go to St. Laurent street just above Sherbrooke. Some restos there can be very pricey, but you can still find cheap(er) eats at places like Shed Café and Sophia's. Also try Prince Arthur street (just off St. Laurent, above Sherbrooke) for cheap eats. Cresent street is also good for fast, cheap food.
e) If you only have a couple days, those places sound good. To help you out, The Olympic Stadium (not tower) is at Pie-IX metro station, Old Montreal is at Champ de Mars and Place d'Armes metros, Mont Royal the Core des Neiges metro (also check out the St. Joseph's Oratory in the same area), and The Latin Quarter (and surrounding areas) metros Berri-Uqam, Sherbrooke (check out St. Denis Street) or Mont-Royal (more for the Plateau Mont Royal, another trendy area of town).
For more info and area maps, check out the Montreal Transit Corp website.
I hope that helps!
e) .... Mont Royal the Core des Neiges metro (also check out the St. Joseph's Oratory in the same area).....
Sorry, typo! It's COTE des Neiges!