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Janine Wilde

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Outdoor activities in Montreal + great restaurants?

I'll be visiting Montreal with with my 19 year old brother this winter.  What are fun activities for folks who love the outdoors?  Restaurant recommendations would be great, too!

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  • Peter Barszczewski

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    Hi Janine, It really depends when you are coming. You can stay at the ice hotel (a hotel made of ice!), go skating at the old port, tobogganing or walking on Mount Royal, etc. There is a great outdoor party called "iglofest" which has many world-class DJ's. If you are serious about the outdoors, then head out to Mont Tremblant (a 2 hour drive north) for skiing, snowboarding, hot tubbing, etc. It is our Whistler.

    For restaurants, Montreal is a foodie city and there are many great places from expensive internationally recognized chefs (Normand Laprise at Toqué, David MacMillan at Joe Beef, Martin Picard at Restaurant au Pied de Cochon). We also have great international and we are famous for our bagels (Fairmount Bagel or St-Viateur Bagel) and Smoked Meat (Schwartz's). Have fun! Peter.

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      Yum! Thank you, Peter! · (0 likelikes)

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      Thank you, Sophie! · (0 likelikes)

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    Hicking to Beaver Lake

    Eating at Aux Vivres

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      Thanks, Sylvain! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Margaux Pellevoisin

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    Hi Janine,

    Le Billot is a great restaurant in Montréal. Meat is wonderful! Enjoy your stay in Montréal!

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      Thanks, Margaux! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Carissa Pickering

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    Hi Janine,

    I visited Montreal in Winter, but spent most of my time in the underground city due to the cold, cold conditions. The underground is one of the great attractions of the city, where you can find all attractions and access hotels from a series of mini underground suburbs. We started ours near where we stayed at Hilton Montreal Bonaventure and had direct access to the underground and the metro if you need. Get up to Mont Royal where you will see the best views of this city, and the destination which creates the name of Montreal. The Vieux-Montreal area is stunning and picturesque with outdoor ice-skating. I spent a good hour or so walking through La Fontaine Park which looked beautiful in Winter, which led us to fantastic place to eat at La Banquise Resto for all your quintessential French-Canadian dishes, and the cities best Poutine. You will not be disappointed! The city is great to navigate on foot, with the Rue Ste-Catherine your main street point to manoeuvre around. Get to the Bell Centre for some Ice Hockey and watch the local 'Habs' Canadiens team where the fans will go mental.

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      All of this sounds really cool. Thank you, Carissa!! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Marina Lukin

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    I finally heard back from a friend/colleague who lives in Montreal and says these are delish:

    Le Club Chasse et Pêche

    Restaurant au Pied de CochonLe Club Chasse et PêcheRestaurant au Pied de Cochon



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      Looks amazing! Thank you! · (1 likelikes)

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  • Roxanne Cormier

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    Montreal has all kinds of cuisine what ever you prefer. Little Italy naturaly for authentic italien food try Bottega. For indian food try Le Taj. Ask at the desk of your hotel, they'll suggest good restaurants neerby for all budgets.

    For outdoor activities, if you ski our whant to learn do a day trip to Saint-Sauveur in the region of the Laurentian north of Montreal or Ski Mont Saint-Bruno on th south shore.

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      Thanks for the tips, Roxanne! · (0 likelikes)

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    I haven't been to Montreal in years, but we thought we might have started there on a recent trip. A chef I met in Fredricksburg, TX was from there and he said the best restaurant in town is Panache. If we had been able to squeeze in some time there, we would have definitely checked it out. And regardless of where you eat, make sure to eat plenty of poutine-fries, gravy and cheese curds. It's amazing.

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      I'll be eating poutine for sure! And good to know about Panache! · (1 likelikes)

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