|Subject: Re: Montreal, Quebec City and PEI in June|
Good choice of destinations!
Montreal is a larger city with a vibrant nightlife and good food. Some possible sights you might wish to include are the lookouts on Mont Royal. There is one on the road over the mountain or you can look over downtown at the chalet at the top near Beaver Lake.
Other possibilities: the botanical gardens, the Olympic Village and the Biosphere in the east end (near Pie IX Metro station); the old port and Old Montreal. I particularly liked Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History in Old Montreal. http://www.pacmuseum.qc.ca/indexan.html
The are many neighbourhoods in Montreal (as in other large cities) including St. Lawrence Blvd ("the main") the Gay Village, the Latin Quarter, Litte Italy and Jean Talon market, etc. Take your pick! There is also a casino (I have not visited it.)
http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/B2C/00/default.asp Many web links to specific destinations and districts.
Although I usually stay with family, I have stayed at the Bonaparte in Old Montreal and it was very nice. Great location, across the street from a budget French restaurant! Le Bourlingueur, 363 Saint-François-Xavier Street, Montreal. Phone: 514-845-3646.
Quebec City is different - the old part within the walls is smaller and touristy but great for walking and eating. Be sure to take the ferry across the river so that you can get the great view of Quebec City, Terrase Dufferin and the Chateau Frontenac Hotel. If you are willing to stay in an older hotel without elevators, consider staying at one of the hotels just behind the Chateau Frontenac. You might consider having a drink in the 2nd floor bar in the Chateau overlooking the river. Another accommodation possibility is the Clarendon Hotel: http://www.hotelclarendon.com/en/index.asp
I was in Quebec City in October and my sisters and I enjoyed two restaurants - the St. Malo near the antique dealers on rue and Le Mesclun. Both offer fixed price menus as well as a la carte selections. The dinner at Le Mesclun was well made, well served and neat location on a small street in the old port: 93 Du Sault Au Matelot St. Phone: 418-692-0600 For a more casual meal, we had lunch at Café le Saint Malo. 75, rue St-Paul, Québec. Phone: 418-692-2004
We also enjoyed the Musée de la Civilisation with its thematic focus on Quebec and Canadian history. 85 Rue Dalhousie. Phone: 418-643-2158. Worthwhile.
And of course, you will want to check out the outdoor artists' street market (Rue du Tresor)!
Frances Toronto, Canada