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    Wed Aug 24, 2011 11:22 pm Groupie
    I posted this in CC, and K9 Owned suggested I post it here. I hope you can help!
    We're thinking of taking a trip in early November, and somehow I got my heart set on Montreal. But the travel books I'm reading are kind of scaring me off November travel there - seems like it will be too cold for doing much outdoors, such as strolling along beautiful streets, going to the big botanical garden (to see the lush stuff, not just the hot-house things), etc. Nothing sporty - not our style, nor are we interested in festivals and the like.

    We're from the Midwest and can happily handle cooler (not really cold) weather, but don't want to take a big vacation at the wrong time of the year and then regret going when we did. So if you're familiar with the weather conditions in Montreal in early November, help us decide if it's a good idea or if we should wait until May! Thanks!
    Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:05 am Groupie
    Hey Linorama,

    Montreal is actually quite beautiful in early November, and you may catch the tail end of the fall leaves.

    Last November was actually quite nice. We did have some really good days that were mild in comparison to the previous years. If you do visit, you might find some frost on the ground, but it usually melts away between 9 and 10 am.

    I found that in the last couple of years, our Fall weather has been beautiful. As an avid walker, I enjoyed November for the last couple of years, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it too.

    You can look up the and choose the city of Montreal to how the weather is doing for when you plan to visit. And I hope you do! Montreal has so much to offer!
    Kit^..^ty Of Canada
    Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:39 am Groupie
    We travel to Montreal often in a year. It is a mini vacation as it is only 6hrs aways. We also go to Quebec City for dinner staying overnight. An 8hr drive. If you are going to Montreal you "must" see Quebec City another 2 hrs drive.

    We do not stay in the large hotels or any hotel close to Old Montreal as they are very expensive. We stay in the area of Church St. As it has so much to offer. One thing I always do while there is purchase a new winter coat they have such a large collection. In the area I stay I can walk to an area that offers German food. Also a Street that has many restaurants where you bring your own wine. Very festive area. The bagels/croissants/pastrami/corned beef on rye are to die for. We do one dinner in the old part of Montreal. Also we have areas that we have enjoyed the evening entertainment for years. We have been there during 2 major power failure & snow storms that were heavy. Montreal is ready for weather conditions. I have had some of the best meals with no power then any other places in the world. We also park the car on arrival & walk or take a cab.

    If the weather gets bad then just wait it out which will be a lot of fun as this City never closes.
    K9 Owned
    Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:37 am
    Forum Host
    I grew up in Montreal and it is still my favorite city!
    It is beautiful, historic, has fabulous (I mean really fabulous) food, great shopping (IMO the best outside of NYC) and enough sites to see and things to do to keep you occupied for months.

    I couldn't comment on the weather in November as the patterns have changed in the 20 years since I lived there.
    Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:07 pm Groupie
    You all are telling me exactly what I want to hear -- I'm dying to go! Keep the information coming so we can plan, plan, plan! Thanks! icon_wink.gif
    Kit^..^ty Of Canada
    Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:36 pm Groupie
    Before I can help you any further? I need to know what your plans are? For example what would you like to see (from The Web)? Where (area) will you be staying & for how many days? What foods would you like to experience? Do you wish to do historical Old Montreal? Are you planning on going to Quebec City? So much to choose from & usually for me so little time.
    Thu Aug 25, 2011 3:01 pm Groupie
    Well Montreal is nice in the fall, but it can be cold so bring a good jacket with you. Botanical gardens is over by then but its still nice to walk around and if you arent going to the green houses you wont get charged I believe as the season is over. Across the street is the Biodome worth a visit.
    Old Montreal is a must and they have self guided tours you can do.If its sunny walk along the water at the port if you really want to test your legs walk up the clock tower.

    Like losing a bit of money see our beautiful Casino on Saint Helens Island and the restaurant is excellent. The grounds are a nice nature walk if it isnt too cold. We have had a hot summer maybe it will stay nice.
    Wonderful stores in our underground.
    Even if you are not religious take a look inside our beautiful churches, Restaurents galore even a Gordon Ramsay rest on Laurier street.

    November isnt the best time to visit but I hope you love my city as much as I do.
    Try to pick a hotel downtown so you can walk around and get a bus pass for 3 days unlimited use for about 11 dollars Forget the car leave it parked and use the metro or buses. If you need help call me Ill send you my phone number by zmail.
    Thu Aug 25, 2011 3:53 pm Groupie
    Some of the museums that highlight Montreal's history, like the Chateau Ramzey, have gardens. There is also an archeological museum called the Pointe A Calliere (double l's are not pronounced in French) sometimes have outdoor activities.

    In the Old Port (part of Old Montreal), we have the Bonsecuer market, which is our only indoor market. and I'll keep an eye out for any other activities for you.
    Thu Aug 25, 2011 5:01 pm Groupie
    Thanks so much for your helpful insight and suggestion, everyone -- you're getting me completely charged up and ready to go tomorrow!!! (I wish!) Kitty, I will have to look at my guidebook that got me so fired up in the first place so I can answer your questions. You've all been such a big help to me, mostly for encouraging us to go ahead and go! icon_biggrin.gif
    Kit^..^ty Of Canada
    Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:08 pm Groupie
    Montreal is wonderful! If you are going to be this close you must go to Quebec City. I am often in both cities during winter & I just dress for the season. I walk everywhere except at night (not a problem, preferred) by cab. I have never been on the public transit but I hear it is very nice.

    My Dh grew up in Montreal then worked in the area for 25yrs after we were married. I have seen it all. I find every visit there, never enough time to do everything I have planned. Someone posted about a hotel downtown & I agree. Make sure you pick well & stay away from the big brand names as there are some that are smaller with so much more ambiance. I am sorry to say, about the same price.
    Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:31 pm Groupie
    We were in Montreal over Easter weekend this year and had a great time. BBB and Lee were just excellent hosts! The Biodome is a must see in my opinion. The Science Center down in Old Port was nothing to write home about but Old Port itself was beautiful. The transit there is wonderful and the 3 day pass got us everywhere you needed to go. We stayed downtown and were close to lots of shops and great restaurants.
    Can't wait to go back and do it all again icon_smile.gif
    Enjoy your time there and just dress for the weather.
    Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:07 pm Groupie
    In response to some of the other posts, downtown Montreal is a very central place to be. And most museums and markets are quite close by.

    In Old Montreal, the caleche rides have blankets to help keep the clients warm, so even if you find it a bit on the chilly side, the blankets are quite helpful.
    Kit^..^ty Of Canada
    Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:58 pm Groupie
    Studentchef. Please recommend 3 restaurants in the port/old Montreal that you like. I would like to try another place next time. Thank you in advance.
    Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:23 am Groupie
    OK, I've looked through my guide books and can now answer the questions about what type of activities we're looking for on our visit.

    Hotel -- We'd like it have quick access to the metro so we can get around easily. We want some romantic ambiance and a bit of luxury. Should be a good pastry shop nearby so my husband can run out for pastries & coffee while he waits for me to get ready. icon_smile.gif We would love to stay in Old Montreal if possible. Unless that's not a good idea?

    Food -- Vegan. We'll need help here. When vacationing we'll loosen our reigns a little and have a bit of dairy or egg if it's in something just because it's so much easier, but couldn't do meat at all. Most restaurants in the guidebooks tout lots of duck and meat dishes, but do most also have vegetarian choices we could tweak?

    Activities -- museums, walking along beautiful streets day or night, a little antique or flea market shopping, exploring the underground, checking out Notre Dame basilica and their light show, afternoon tea @ the St. James, trying out the waters at La Spa Scandinave, etc.

    We're planning to spend 5 days there and not go to Quebec City. I think the things we'll need the most help with are finding a great hotel and food, but if you have activity ideas, they are welcome, too. Thanks for your help!
    Mon Aug 29, 2011 12:24 pm Groupie
    Pretty much everything is in the downtown area. You can walk to old Montreal from any of the hotels. You can stay in old Montreal but they cost a bit more money and isnt needed to be close to activities. The metro is the best way of getting around and goes close to anything you want.
    The shopping and underground stores are along St Catherine street. Mc Gill, Peel street metro lines. Place Ville Marie that is all 2 blocks from each other.
    We have excellent restaurents and the menues are posted outside , so you can look before going in. Vegan ones I dont really know about but the concierge at the hotel can tell you the best ones to go to. The one I know is casual eating .
    Montreal is a safe place but like anywhere there are areas to avoid late at night. Like St laurent / st Catherine that is our red light district, anything east of that may prove to be a bit harder for you as it is mainly French speaking so stay around Place des Art going west. to Atwater Try Chinatown , cute little shops and a nice walk.
    If you know of a hotel give me the name and I can tell you if its in a good area to get around and see things.
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