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Montreal & Quebec City is a user-friendly and lighthearted travel guide that offers local flavor on where to stay, where to eat and what to do. Includes more than 400 listings—travel essentials like tips on crossing the border and suggested walking tours.

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Explorer's Guide Montreal & Quebec City: A Great Destination (Explorer's Great Destinations)

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"Consistently rated the best guides to the regions covered...Readable, tasteful, appealingly designed. Strong on dining, lodging, and history."—National Geographic Traveler

Montreal & Quebec City is a user-friendly and lighthearted travel guide that offers local flavor on where to stay, where to eat and what to do. Includes more than 400 listings—travel essentials like tips on crossing the border and suggested walking tours.

Distinctive for their accuracy, simplicity, and conversational tone, the diverse travel guides in our Explorer's Great Destinations series meet the conflicting demands of the modern traveler. They're packed full of up-to-date information to help plan the perfect getaway. And they're compact and light enough to come along for the ride. A tool you'll turn to before, during, and after your trip, these guides include:

  • Chapters on lodging, dining, transportation, history, shopping, recreation, and more!
  • A section packed with practical information, such as lists of banks, hospitals, post offices, laundromats, numbers for police, fire, and rescue, and other relevant information.
  • Maps of regions and locales.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581570885
  • Publisher: Countryman Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Series: Explorer's Great Destinations Series
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 1,386,166
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ever since owning his first camera, a Kodak Pocket Instamatic 110, Steven Howell has been an avid photographer. He has covered Montreal arts and entertainment for the Plattsburgh Press-Republican since 1995 and for the Montreal Gazette from 2003 to 2007 and is the author of Explorer's Guide Montreal and Quebec City: A Great Destination, Great Escapes: Long Island, The Photographer's Guide to New York City and The Photographer's Guide to Boston. He divides his time between Plattsburgh, NY, and Montreal, Canada.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     11
Introduction     12
How to Use This Book     13
Accent on French: A Note about Language     14
History and Practical Information-Federal and Provincial     17
History     17
Traveling to Canada: Practical Information-Federal and Provincial     23
Immigration/Passport Requirements/NEXUS     23
Canadian Customs     24
Crossing the Border: by Car     24
The Rules of the Road     25
Crossing the Border: by Plane     25
Crossing the Border: by Train     25
Return Trips to the U.S.     26
Tax Refunds     26
Traveling with Pets     26
Medical Insurance     26
Banking/Currency Exchange     26
Tipping     27
When to Visit/Weather     27
What to Bring     29
Travel between Montreal and Quebec City: by Car/Train/Air/Boat     30
Time Zones     30
Liquor Laws     30
Electricity     30
Language     30
Montreal Transportation and Practical Information     33
Geography and General Orientation     33
Population     35
Neighborhoods     35
Safety     47
Airport and Shuttles     47
Bus Station     49
Train Station     49
Car Rentals     49
Taxis     50
Public Transportation-STM Metro and Bus     50
Highways/Bridges and Tunnels/Rush Hour     51
Parking/Signage     51
Emergency Contacts     52
Hospitals and Dental Emergencies     52
Persons with Limited Physical Abilities     52
Consulates     52
Tourism Offices     52
Post Offices     54
Pharmacies and Health and Beauty Aids     54
Grocery Stores and Supermarkets     54
Area Codes     54
Cell Phone Rentals     54
Media     54
Montreal Lodging-S'heberger (means "to stay/lodge")     57
Downtown     57
Gay Village     63
Latin Quarter     66
Old Montreal     68
The Plateau     70
Surrounding Area: Airport Options     76
Montreal Dining-Manger (means "to eat")     79
Downtown     80
Gay Village/Latin Quarter     84
Jean Drapeau Park     88
Little Burgundy     88
Little Italy     89
Old Montreal     89
Mile End     93
Outremont and Mile End/Avenue Laurier Ouest     96
The Plateau     98
Montreal Culture, Sightseeing, and Shopping -S'amuser (means "to have fun!")     107
Downtown     107
Gay Village / Latin Quarter     117
Hochelaga/Maisonneuve     127
Jean Drapeau Park     131
Old Montreal and the Old Port     137
The Plateau     147
Surrounding Neighborhoods     154
Montreal Area Side Trips     165
Eastern Townships     165
Laval     169
Monteregie/South Shore     171
North/Laurentides/Mont-Tremblant     179
West: Hudson/Oka     180
Quebec City Transportation and Practical Information     183
Geography and General Orientation     183
Population     185
Districts/Neighborhoods     187
Safety     189
Airport and Shuttles     189
Train Station/Bus Station     191
Carpooling      191
Car Rentals     192
Taxis     195
Public Transportation-Buses     195
Roads and Highways/Bridges/Ferry/Rush Hour     196
Parking/Signage     196
Emergency Contacts     196
Hospitals and Dental Emergencies     197
Consulates     197
Tourism Offices     197
Post Offices     198
Pharmacies and Health and Beauty Aids     198
Grocery Stores and Supermarkets     199
Area Codes     199
Media     199
Quebec City Lodging-S'heberger     201
Upper Town: Downtown/Outside the Wall/Grande Allee/Faubourg St-Jean     201
Upper Town: Old Quebec-Inside the Wall     204
Lower Town: Old Port     208
Lower Town: St-Roch     211
Ste-Foy Hotel Options     212
Quebec City Dining-manger     215
Upper Town: Downtown/Outside the Wall/Grande Allee/Faubourg St-Jean     215
Upper Town: Old Quebec-Inside the Wall     219
Lower Town: Old Port     222
Lower Town: St-Roch     229
Quebec City Culture, Sightseeing, and Shopping-S'amuser     233
Upper Town: Downtown/Outside the Wall/Grande Allee/Faubourg St-Jean     233
Upper Town: Old Quebec-Inside the Wall     243
Lower Town/Old Port     259
Lower Town/St-Roch     268
Suburbs     271
Quebec City Side Trips     277
Charlevoix Region     277
Ile d'Orleans     278
Levis     279
Parcs Quebec     279
Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre Region     280
St. Lawrence River     281
Regional Overview Lower Quebec Province/Northeast U.S.     6
Quebec Province: Montreal and Quebec City     18
Montreal Island     34
Montreal Metropolitan Area     36
Montreal Downtown     37
Montreal: Old Montreal and Old Port     38
Montreal: Gay Village/Latin Quarter     39
Montreal: Plateau     40
Montreal: Metro System     41
Quebec City: Metropolitan Area     184
Quebec City: Downtown/St-Jean/Old Quebec     186
Quebec City: Old Quebec Fortifications (The Wall)     188
Quebec City: Old Port     190
Quebec City: St-Roch     194
General Index     284
Lodging by Price-Montreal     297
Dining by Price-Montreal     299
Lodging by Price-Quebec City     301
Dining by Price-Quebec City     303
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