Montreal, or Montréal in French, is the second largest city in Canada and the largest city in
the province of Quebec. It is the francophone Metropolis of North America.
Montreal is situated in the southwestern corner of the province of Quebec, approximately 270 kilometres
(168 miles) southwest of Quebec City, the provincial capital, and 190 kilometres (118 mi) east of Ottawa,
the federal capital, and 539 kilometres (335 mi) northeast of Toronto.
The city is located on the Island of Montreal at the confluence of the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers.
The port of Montreal lies at one end of the St. Lawrence Seaway, which is the river gateway that stretches
from the Great Lakes up into the Atlantic Ocean. Montreal is surrounded by the St. Lawrence river on its
south side, and by the Rivière des Prairies on the north.
Day 1. Drive from Norwood, MA to Montreal, Quebec
(11 November 1999 Thursday)
8am depart Norwood, MA for Montreal, Quebec
3pm arrive at Montreal, Canada / hotel check-in
take 95N, 93N, 89N
meal break at Burlington, VT exit 13 McDonald's Playplace
take scenic Route 2 at exit 17 Lake Champlain
take Highway 10 after Champlain Bridge, follow signs to "Decarie Nord"
from Decarie, take Ville-Marie Expressway (720 est), exit 720 at Atwater,
turn left on to Atwater and continue staright until Lincoln, turn right on Lincoln
Total distance from Norwood, MA to Montreal, Quebec 330 miles
and estimated driving time of about 6 hours.
Le Richebourg All Suite Hotel
2170 ave Lincoln, Montreal
Phone (800) 678 6323 or (514) 935 9224 confirmation no. 11936
nightly cost C$115 room + C$10 parking = C$125 + 14.5%tax = C$143
Day 2. Around and About in Montreal
(12 November 1999 Friday)
Located in the very heart of the city, it is accessible via voie
Camilien- Houde from the east or chemin Remembrance from the west. Mont
Royal metro & bus number 11. Mont Royal Park was opened to the public in
1876. A favorite spot for leisure and relaxation, summer or winter, with
the Mont Royal cross, the chalet & the Camilien-Houde lookout.
The lookout on top of Mount Royal is an excellent goal for an urban walk.
It's in Mount Royal Park, laid out long ago by Frederick Law Olmsted, best known for
landscaping New York's Central Park. From the beautifully appointed lookout terrace,
downtown Montreal is at your feet, with a view to the river and beyond to the
Monteregian Hills. Sight lines to landmarks are marked. The chalet by the lookout
is open in the daytime with bathrooms and snack machines. There's no restaurant or
café in the park but, in season, you can picnic - and don't forget you're never more
than a few minutes from downtown Montreal and its many restaurants.
Open year-round. Admission is free. Information: (514) 844-4928
A sensory voyage... in the spirit of the Americas!
How would you like to travel across America, only a few minutes away from
downtown Montréal? To go from the humid heat of the tropical forest to fresh
air of the Laurentian forest, then from the depths of the St. Lawrence River to
the subpolar shores. To familiarise yourself with plants and small animals of
each of these four ecosystems by participating in our animation capsules at
your own leisure. Another recommended stop: Naturalia, our exploration room
for the whole family, and our temporary exhibits. A voyage for the senses at all
times, the Biodôme unveils a world of discoveries for people of all ages.
Special: take advantage of the Get an Eyeful package including the
Botanical Garden, the Insectarium, the Montréal Tower and the Biodôme.
Save up to 20% on regular admission. Free shuttle service
At 4777 Pierre-De-Coubertin Avenue Phone (514) 868-3000
A really unique experience! Stroll through over 29 kms (about 18 miles)
of underground passages linking buildings in the downtown core. There
are plenty of stores, restaurants, movie theatres, arcades and just
about anything else to entertain the whole family. (A great "rainy day" site).
Stroll along Montreal's main shopping street. Whether at high noon, or
midnight...always something to see here. Window shop, browse, play
arcade games, stop at an outdoor cafe on a side street (McGill College
or Crescent Street). Explore Crescent Street (the main bar zone for
Montreal Anglo's). Visit the indoor malls (Place Montreal Trust, Eaton's
Centre, Place Ville Marie, La Cathedrale, Complex Desjardins...more!).
Shop till you drop! This is the place for people watching!
Many people come to Montreal to shop in its wide range of international
boutiques, and Canada's low dollar makes it especially attractive for Americans
to shop here. The most famous aspect of shopping in Montreal is the Underground City.
Constantly growing, the "city" - which links many major buildings and multi-level
shopping malls in the area - is a shopper's paradise in any season. One major
section is reached via Peel and McGill metro stations on the green line, and another
via Bonaventure station on the orange line. East of McGill station is a growing axis
from Place-des-Arts metro down through Complexe Desjardins and beyond.
Safe and sheltered from the elements, the Underground City offers a huge range of
goods and services as well as a handy way to get from place to place without weather or traffic problems
Day 3. A Day in Ottawa
(13 November 1999 Saturday)
8am to 9:30am drive from Montreal to Ottawa
Royal Canadian Mint
Parliament is the heart of Canada's democratic system. Canadians' representatives
meet on Parliament Hill to make laws that shape the country's future and affect the
lives of every citizen. Parliament Hill is a place for national decision-making of course.
It is also a place for people. Visitors are welcome to tour the buildings, view
Parliament in action, and enjoy public programs and colourful spectacles,
such as the ceremonial Changing the Guard ceremony.
With its strong stone exterior and picturesque setting on the cliffs overlooking
the Ottawa River, the Parliament buildings are often described as one of the most
beautiful government centres in the world. The buildings are home to the House of
Commons, the Library of Parliament, the Hall of Honour, the Senate, and the
impressive Peace Tower. Summer on the hill features the Changing of the Guard
Ceremony. Tours of the Parliament Buildings depart several times daily from
the main doors. More information (613) 992-4793 or (613) 239-5000.
4pm to 5:30pm drive from Ottawa to Montreal
Canada's national mint, on historic Sussex Drive. View over $1 million worth of
gold bullion on display. Take a guided tour to learn how coins are produced.
Or, browse through our Boutique, filled with our products. Something for
your coin collection, a special gift, or a souvenir of your visit.
At 320 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario Phone 1-800-276-7714 or (613) 993-8990
The Royal Canadian Mint, a profit making Crown corporation, has a worldwide reputation
for fine craftsmanship in coin making. All Canadian coins, as well as medallions,
tokens, medals, Maple Leaf bullion coins and foreign currency, are produced at its
headquarters in Ottawa or at the branch plant in Winnipeg.
Although the Royal Canadian Mint was originally established to produce only
Canadian coins, its reputation for excellent quality has led to commissions from
around the world. The initial work in the minting process, design and engraving
occurs at the Ottawa plant under the supervision of the Master Engraver. Collector
coins, medallions, medals and Maple Leaf bullion coins are produced in Ottawa, while
circulation coins, tokens and trade dollars are minted in Winnipeg.
Visitors can follow the steps of the minting process on a tour of the facilities in Ottawa.
Day 4. Beautiful Montreal!
(14 November 1999 Sunday)
Botanical Garden and Insectarium
Crescent Street & Mont Royal - Walking Tour
At 4101 rue Sherbrooke Est. (Pie IX or Viau Metro) 872-1400
Located right next to the Olympic Stadium, this is a place for all
Montrealers to be proud of! It's the largest botanical garden after
London, and the largest chinese garden outside of Asia. A favourite
location for taking wedding pictures! A veritable feast for the eyes and
nose, and the kids love the insectarium.
Open Year Round - Daily - 9am to 6pm (8pm from June 22 to September 2).
Peak Season: Adults - $8.75; 0-5 years - Free; 6-17 years - $4.50;
Look for "The Guide of La Tournée Pom" (a free guide book offered by POM
Bakery, available at information booths, the InfoTourist Centre (1001,
Dorchester Square), Hotels, etc.) and obtain a discount coupon for this
With its collection of 22,000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses,
some thirty thematic gardens, and teams of researchers and activities staff, the Montréal
Botanical Garden ranks as one of the world's largest and most spectacular botanical gardens.
No matter what the season, visitors to the Montréal Botanical Garden are sure to be captivated
by the colors and fragrances from around the world as they wander from the delightful
Chinese Garden to the heart of the Sonoran desert, from the peaceful oasis of the Japanese
Garden to the classically designed French garden or the woodlands of the Laurentians.
Every year since it opened in February 1990, the Montréal Insectarium has welcomed hundreds of
thousands of visitors intrigued by these misunderstood creatures, which are so often wrongly feared and despised.
The Insectarium aims first and foremost to awaken visitors to the wonders of the insect world,
and to explain how insects play an essential part in ensuring the Earth’s ecological balance.
Along with its educational mission, the Insectarium has important cultural and scientific roles, too.
Feel free to explore our site but even better, come pay us a visit in person! The world’s most beautiful
insects are waiting for you to admire. Come see them, discover their world, learn about them (and even taste them!)
at the Montréal Insectarium.
The Montréal Insectarium is home to a multitude of treasures just waiting to be discovered.
Dazzling, jewel-like beetles, giant walking sticks, butterflies with multicoloured wings, and furry
spiders to enchant visitors young and old. All these different insects are laid out in display cases,
vivariums and exhibition modules carefully designed so that everyone can learn more about insects and
arthropods. It’s a veritable temple celebrating insects from around the world, with plenty to satisfy
the appetites of first-time visitors and keen amateur entomologists alike.
The place to see and be seen in Montreal, and for outdoor cafe's, bars,
restaurants, bars, art galleries, and more bars! Great people watching.
Start at Rene Levesque Blvd. and go north to Sherbrooke. Try walking
back down one of the adjacent streets of Bishop or de la Montagne for
more galleries and bars. Now head over to Mont Royal Parc to see this
magnificent park on top of our mountain! Head north on de la Montagne to
Avenue des Pins. Head East (turn right off de la Montagne) to Peel.
Follow the path (look for the stone steps...go up a bit and you'll find
directional signs) up the mountain to the Chalet lookout. A spectacular
sight, not to be missed! (not for the faint of heart...a real hard
At 110, rue Notre-Dame Ouest (Place d'Armes Metro) 842-2925
Montreal's Notre-Dame Basilica has nothing in common with Paris's except the name.
It's a neogothic building dating from 1829, constructed on the site of a much older
and smaller church which had been outgrown by its parishioners. Notre Dame is noted
for its lavish and beautiful interior - stained glass windows, gold-tipped polychrome
carvings, paintings, statues, and especially its lavish altarpiece. It also has a
notable Casavant organ and its big bell, le Gros Bourdon, is the largest bell on the continent.
This has to be one of the most spectacular churches in Montreal (and
there are a lot of them). This church was built between 1824 and 1929.
Right next door is St. Sulpice Seminary, which has the distinction of
being the oldest building in Montreal (built 1685, yup, that's
right...1685 - over 300 years old!) Both well worth the visit. Located
on the edge of Old Montreal. While there, check out the Bank of Montreal
across the street...Canada's oldest bank. Go in and check out the main
banking foyer. Awesome! Open daily 7am to 6pm
Day 5. Drive Back Home
(15 November 1999 Monday)
9am depart Montreal, Ontario for Norwood, MA
Total distance from Fredericton, NB to Norfolk, MA is 475 miles
and estimated driving time of about 8.
4pm Home Sweet Home