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salisboss Oct 10, 18 7:24 pm

Montreal Visit Questions
 
We are looking at visiting YUL for a long weekend in November (arrive late Wednesday, leave early Sunday). I have a few questions:
1. Will I need a rental car to get around to see the sights etc?
2. Is there enough to fill 3 full day with a 2 year old?
3. What would be the best activities to do with a 2 year old?

yyznomad Oct 11, 18 1:41 am


Originally Posted by salisboss (Post 30301708)
We are looking at visiting YUL for a long weekend in November (arrive late Wednesday, leave early Sunday). I have a few questions:
1. Will I need a rental car to get around to see the sights etc?
2. Is there enough to fill 3 full day with a 2 year old?
3. What would be the best activities to do with a 2 year old?

1. If you're looking to see the main tourist attractions in the downtown area including Mount Royal, then no - Montreal's public transit, for the most part, is just fine. Most people there speak English fluently (just sometimes the accent might need adjusting to).
2. I'm not sure what you mean by this question, but if you mean if there is enough to do there to preoccupy a 2-year-old... maybe?
3. I'll defer this to those who are in the know.

I go to YUL 20-30 times a year... sometimes I rent a car, and sometimes I take public transportation. I prefer public transportation there. Driving is a PITA and traffic is crap and road construction is everywhere.

salisboss Oct 11, 18 6:22 am


Originally Posted by yyznomad (Post 30302561)
1. If you're looking to see the main tourist attractions in the downtown area including Mount Royal, then no - Montreal's public transit, for the most part, is just fine. Most people there speak English fluently (just sometimes the accent might need adjusting to).
2. I'm not sure what you mean by this question, but if you mean if there is enough to do there to preoccupy a 2-year-old... maybe?
3. I'll defer this to those who are in the know.

I go to YUL 20-30 times a year... sometimes I rent a car, and sometimes I take public transportation. I prefer public transportation there. Driving is a PITA and traffic is crap and road construction is everywhere.

Question 2 was more of just being able to fill 3 full days without getting bored regardless of having the kiddo with us.

My wife and I actually learned French a few years back for a trip so we are going to brush up although I have been told that people would understand our 'Parisian' French but we may have difficulty with the Quebecois accent.

ABG Oct 11, 18 11:31 am

If you are staying downtown you don't need a car rental
Taxi, Uber, Bus etc
If you want a car rental because of your stroller/car seat etc etc then by all means you can. Just know parking is difficult in many areas and traffic is problematic
plus the fees to park the car overnight at your hotel are high

airoli Oct 11, 18 3:34 pm

Hmm... maybe the timing of your visit with a 2 year old isn't ideal. November can be pretty bleak and cold.

Of course, Montréal is a great museum, food and nightlife city, but the kiddo will not be into that. And what the kiddo likes (strolls in the old port, paddleboating on Beaver Lake, public playgrounds with splash zones, street performers etc.) is limited to summer months.

At the same time, there likely won't be snow yet for tubing or tobogganing.

Any chance you can reschedule?

Either way, within the downtown area a car is much more of a hassle than an advantage. Public transit and Uber are the way to go.

salisboss Oct 12, 18 12:14 pm


Originally Posted by airoli (Post 30304904)
Hmm... maybe the timing of your visit with a 2 year old isn't ideal. November can be pretty bleak and cold.

Of course, Montréal is a great museum, food and nightlife city, but the kiddo will not be into that. And what the kiddo likes (strolls in the old port, paddleboating on Beaver Lake, public playgrounds with splash zones, street performers etc.) is limited to summer months.

At the same time, there likely won't be snow yet for tubing or tobogganing.

Any chance you can reschedule?

Either way, within the downtown area a car is much more of a hassle than an advantage. Public transit and Uber are the way to go.

I will discuss with my wife.

skyccord Nov 1, 18 3:34 pm

I'm a grown man and left the city for a whole day when I first arrived. There for a second day and kind of got bored. Do remember that it might be "cold" when you are there in November.

yyznomad Nov 2, 18 9:16 pm


Originally Posted by skyccord (Post 30382399)
I'm a grown man and left the city for a whole day when I first arrived. There for a second day and kind of got bored. Do remember that it might be "cold" when you are there in November.

Yeah the weather is near 32C/0C with variants of ice pellets or cold rain for long stretches. I was there last weekend and it was pretty much that. Despite my evolved boredom with the city, it still has a charm about it, IMHO.

skyccord Nov 4, 18 4:16 pm


Originally Posted by yyznomad (Post 30387132)


Yeah the weather is near 32C/0C with variants of ice pellets or cold rain for long stretches. I was there last weekend and it was pretty much that. Despite my evolved boredom with the city, it still has a charm about it, IMHO.

I agree Montreal's charm is better than Toronto but nowhere near Vancouver in my rankings.

yyznomad Nov 4, 18 4:24 pm


Originally Posted by skyccord (Post 30392970)
I agree there is charm better than Toronto but nowhere near Vancouver in my rankings.

Lol. Sure. I wasn't about to compare all other Canadian cities vs. Montreal, as the topic is Montreal. :p


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