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Family Vacation Memories in Montreal, Canada PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen   
Old Montreal, Canada Growing up, summer meant vacations, and vacations meant quality family time, what my mother, Victoria V. Argen, calls, "creating memories." According to Luxury Experience Company President, Edward F. Nesta, "people travel for emotion, passion, and knowledge." Looking to combine these two philosophies, my teen nephew, Steven M. Argen, and I flew to Montréal, Canada for a family vacation where he had the opportunity to learn French as well as experience the many attractions and adventures of this enchanted city.

Looking for a nearby yet exciting long-weekend getaway, we selected Montréal as our destination. Founded in 1642 and established in 1832, Montréal is the second largest Canadian city and is less than a 60-minute flight from New York. 

The city is a delightful mélange of the old and the new, where cobblestone streets of Vieux- Montréal (Old Montréal) are equally at home as the modern skyscrapers of downtown. It is a city of gracious charm and culture that is waiting to embrace you in its arms. Although English is widely spoken, French is the official language, which allowed Steven to learn and practice speaking French. 

In July 2010, we flew Air Canada from LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in New York to the Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL). The service was professional and courteous and the flight time was a mere 58 minutes, which was just enough time for the flight attendants to bring us a drink and a snack before landing. 

Steven Argen entering Allante Limousine with Dirver Jean-Francois - Photo by Luxury Experience
Steven Entering Allanté Limousine

After passing through Customs, we traveled in luxurious style with Allanté Limousine Service in a sleek black 6-passenger limousine as our professional and courteous driver Jean-François whisked us the short distance of 16 miles (25 km) from the airport to our downtown hotel. I relaxed for the ride while Steven had fun testing all of the controls.  

Allente Limousine, Montreal

Allanté Limousine Service
11530 Narcisse Dionne
Montréal, QC H1E 7C9
Canada
Telephone:       +1-514-643-0262
Toll Free:          1-877-643-0262
Fax:                  +1-514-643-0438
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Website:          www.AllanteLimousine.com 

Looking for comfort as well as convenience, we stayed at the family-friendly 456-room Delta Montréal located in the heart of downtown which provided us with easy walking access to shopping, museums, historic sights, and attractions. 

Delta Montreal - Guestroom
Guestroom 

The Delta Montréal Hotel amenities included a 20-meter saltwater swimming pool, a fitness center, whirlpool, 2 saunas, a business center with complimentary Internet, play area for young children, two squash courts, a sundry shop, and a restaurant where we began each day with a buffet breakfast and hot Belgian waffles laden with maple syrup. 

Spacious guestrooms are large enough to accommodate families. Other key family amenities include: free accommodation for children 17 or under when staying with a parent or guardian; "eat for free" from the special children's menu for children 6 and under; "eat for half price" for children ages 7 - 12 from the regular menu or at list price for the children's menu; and an age-specific "Kids' Essentials" kit for infants to 7 years given at check-in.  

Delta Montreal, Quebec

Delta Montréal Hotel
475 avenue President-Kennedy
Montréal, QC H3A 1J7
Canada
Telephone:       +1-514-286-1986
Toll-Free:         1-877-286-1986
Fax:                  +1-514-284-4306
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Website:          www.DeltaMontreal.com 

There is much for families to do and see in Montréal that will appeal to all age groups, amusement parks, attractions, historic sights, museums, culture, shopping, and adventures. I enjoyed sharing some of my favorite spots with Steven beginning with a ride to the top of Mount Royal where we had a spectacular view of the city, as well as discovering new sights, so that Steven and I could create our own special memories of our trip. 

Debra and Steve Viewing Montreal from Mount Royal - Photo by Luxury Experience
Debra and Steven Viewing Montreal from Mount Royal

Adventures 

Since Steven and I enjoy a bit of excitement in our lives, we got wet and wild jet boating with Saute Moutons Lachine Rapids Jet Boat Tours on a one-hour ride on the Lachine Rapids on the Saint-Lawrence River. 

Saute Moutons Lachine Rapids Jet Boat Tours, Montreal, Canada
Saute Moutons Lachine Rapids Jet Boat Tours

The name Saute Moutons translates from French to English as "saute" to jump, and "moutons" as sheep, which the Québeçois, (people of the province of Québec) call the white caps of the rapids. This thrilling adventure was part sightseeing tour that began at the historic Clock Tower Pier and part white water rapids tour that felt like riding a bucking bronco at the rodeo as we hung on tight to the rail as our jet boat jumped the rapids. 

Steven and Debra Dressed Fashionalby for Saute Moutons  - Photo by Luxury Experience
Fashionably Ready for Jumping the Rapids

Part of the fun was the wearing the "fashionable" safety clothing provided by Saute Moutons, which kept us mostly dry when the waves crashed over the jet boat as we made our way into the rapids. Soaked but happy with our adrenaline running high, we disembarked with the desire to do it again! 

Saute Moutons Lachine Rapids Jet Boat Tours, Montreal, Canada
Jumping the Rapids

Saute Moutons Lachine Rapids Jet Boat Tours operate from June through September from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. Departures are from the Jacques Cartier Pier in the Old Port of Montréal. 2010 Pricing: Adults: $65.00, Youth (13 to 18): $55.00, and Children (6 to 12) $45.00. Check the website for additional information and programs.

Steve givng 2 Thumbs up for Saute Moutons Lachine Rapids Jet Boat Tours, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Steven Giving the Thumbs Up for Saute Moutons Lachine

Read more about Saute Moutons Lachine Rapids Jet Boat Tours in the Adventures section.  

Saute Moutons Lachine Rapids Jet Boat Tours, Montreal, Canada Saute Moutons Lachine Rapids Jet Boat Tours
47 de la Commune West
Montréal, QC H2Y 2C6
Canada
Telephone:       +1-514-284-9607
Fax:                  +1-514-287-9401
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Website:          www.JetBoatingMontreal.com 

Debra and Steven on Quadricycle International - Photo by Luxury ExperienceThis trip could be called the many modes of Montréal transportation as we rode airplanes, trains, limos, boats, underground trains, amusement park rides, and even a quadricycle with Quadricycle International

We followed our morning water adventure with a fun land adventure experiencing the Quays of the Old Port of Montréal on a quadricycle, which was a covered four-wheeler bike with manual steering and multi-foot propulsion. Steven took over the steering as we pedaled along the quay stopping to admire the sights along the way. 

Quadricycle International operates from April until May 28 on Saturday, Sunday, and legal holidays from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm, from May 28 until September 6 daily from 10:00 am until midnight, and from September 6 until October 31 on Saturday, Sunday, and legal holidays from11:00 am until 8:00 pm. Quadricycles can accommodate from 2-6 passengers. Check their website for rates.  

Quadracycle Internatinoal, Montreal, Canada

Quadricycle International
Jacques Cartier Quay
Montréal, QC
Canada
Telephone:       +1-514-849-9953
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Website:          www.QuadricycleIntl.com 

Evening Entertainment 

Cirque Eloize - iD, Montreal, Canada
Cirque Éloize - iD

We spent a thrill-filled evening under the large tent with Cirque Éloize, which has been a leader in contemporary circus arts since 1993. We both love the circus, and the production of iD by Director Jeannot Painchaud (July 8 - 25, 2010), provided us with an exciting evening where 14 artists performed 10 circus disciplines including juggling, aerial acts, contortionism, trampowall, combined with theatre, action, urban breakdance, hip-hop, and music, as these daredevils catapulted their way into our hearts. 

Cirque Eloize - iD, Montreal, Canada
Cirque Éloize - iD

Please visit the Cirque Éloize website for information on upcoming productions in Montréal, as well as touring performances.  
 
Read more about Cirque Éloize in the Arts/Performance section.  

Cirque Eloize - iD, Montreal, Canada Cirque Éloize
417 rue Berri
Montréal, QC H2Y 3E1
Canada
Telephone:       +1-514-596-3838
Fax:                  +1-514-596-3938
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Website:          www.Cirque-Eloize.com 

We experienced a bit of history and a bit of fantasy with The Old Montréal Ghost on a 90-minute New France Ghost Hunt which took us through the streets and back alleyways of Old Montréal. Armed with a special map we went off in search of "ghosts" who when encountered shared their interesting and sometimes "ghoulish" stories with us. 

The Old Montreal Ghosts Tour, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
The Old Montréal Ghost Tour

The New France Ghost Hunts take place on Friday.  During August 2010, the dates are the 6th and the 20th at 8:30 pm. Tours last approximately 90 minutes. Pricing: Adults: $21.50, Student (ID required) $18.50, Children (12 and under) $12.50. 

In addition to The New France Ghost Hunts, there are The Old Montréal Traditional Ghost Tours that depart the west side of Old Montréal on Sundays and Thursdays from July 4th until August 29th at 8:30 pm. In September, the tours depart at 8:30 pm on September 4th and the 18th; and in October, the tours take place on the 2nd and the 16th. 

Steven Chats with Ghost during the Old Montreal Ghosts Tour, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Steven Chats with a Ghost

Please visit the website for tour days and times, as well as for additional information and programs. All tours leave from the site of the Old-Port at the corner of De Callière Street and de la Commune Street. Tickets are also available on the evening prior to departure from 7:30 pm at the ticket office located at 360 St-François-Xavier.  

The Old Montreal Ghosts Tour, Montreal, CanadaThe Old Montréal Ghost
360 St-François-Xavier
Vieux-Montréal, QC
Canada
Telephone:       +1-514-844-4021
Toll-Free:         1-800-363-4021
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Website:          www.FantomMontreal.com
 

La Ronde, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
La Ronde Amusement Park

What would summer be for a teen without a trip to an amusement park? We visited La Ronde, part of Six Flags, which is Eastern Canada's largest amusement park, located on Sainte-Hélène Island in the Parc Jean-Drapeau, a short distance from downtown and easily accessible by subway, as cars are not allowed on the island. 

La Ronde, Montreal, Canada - Roller Coaster - Photo by Luxury Experience
La Ronde Roller Coaster

Built in 1967, La Ronde offers more than 40 rides and attractions including a beast of a roller coaster called "Goliath" that is billed as "one of North America's highest and fastest roller coasters." This ride lives up to its name and is definitely not for the faint of heart. 

La Ronde, Montreal, Canada - Wild Ride - Photo by Luxury Experience
La Ronde Wild Ride

Not to fear, there are rides appropriate for all ages, as well as games, shows, and food-courts. Visit the La Ronde website for hours and information. 

La Ronde, Montreal, CanadaLa Ronde
2 Chemin Macdonald, Île Sainte-Hélène
Montréal, QC H3C 6A3
Canada
Telephone:       +1-514-397-2000
Website:          www.LaRonde.com 

Churches, Museums, Attractions, and Culture 

We visited the Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, also called the Sailors Church, built in 1771, the oldest stone chapel in Old Montréal, that is easily distinguished by the large statue of the Virgin Mary on the roof that faces the harbor. 

Chapelle de Notre Dame De Bon Secours, Montreal, Canada
Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours

The interior features a hand-painted ceiling and many carved replica ships hanging from the vault of the ceiling that were gifts from sailors asking for protection during voyages. Interesting to note, is the modern container ship located in the front of the chapel as well as the older ships, as sailors continue this tradition. 

Carved Replica Ship - Chapelle de Notre Dame De Bon Secours, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Carved Replica Ship

Also of note are the stained glass windows depicting the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary by D. Adolphe Beaulieu (1910), metal heart votive offerings, and the tomb of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, founder of Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours. 

Musee Marguerite Bourgeoys - Photo by Bernard Dubois
Musée Marguerite Bourgeoys

There is also an interesting museum (Musée Marguerite Bourgeoys) on the premises dedicated to the founder, Marguerite Bourgeoys. Admission is charged. Please visit the website for details.  

Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours
400, rue Saint-Paul Est
Vieux-Montréal, QC H2Y 1H4
Canada
Telephone:       +1-514-282-8670
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Website:          www.Marguerite-Bourgeoys.com 

Montréal was the home of the 1976 Summer Olympic Games, and we took a very interesting guided tour of the Olympic Stadium. For those interested in having an "Olympic" experience, visitors may pay an additional fee to use the swimming pool and other exercise facilities. 

Olympic Village, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience - Photo by Luxury Experience
Olympic Village

Stadium Tours are conducted daily in English during high season (mid-June to beginning of September) on the hour beginning at 10:00 am with the last tour of the day at 5:00 pm. During low season (fall-winter) there are 5 bilingual tours daily at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm. Admission is charged: Adults: $8.00, Seniors and Students: $6.00, Children (5-17): $4.00, and Children (4 and under): Free. 

Steven Touring Olympic Park, Montreal Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Steven Touring Olympic Swimming Pool

We also rode the funicular to the top of the Montréal Tower, the highest inclined tower in the world with an impressive height of 575 feet (175 meters) with a 45-degree angle. To provide a point of comparison, the angle of the Tower of Pisa is only 5 degrees. After a 2-minute ride to the Observatory at the top of the tower, we were rewarded with spectacular 360-degree views of Montréal, the Olympic Village, and the Laurentian Mountains. 

Olympic Park, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Montréal Tower and Stadium

The Montréal Tower is open daily during high season (mid-June until Labor Day - beginning of September) from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm. During the low season, (Labor Day - beginning of September to mid-June) the tower is open daily from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. Admission is charged: Adults: $15.00, Seniors and Students: $11.25, Children (5-17): $7.50, and Children (4 and under): Free.  

Olympic Park, Montreal, Canada

Olympic Park
4141, avenue Pierre-De Coubertin
Montréal, QC H1V 3N7
Canada
Telephone:       +1-514 252-4141
Toll-Free:         1-877 997-0919
Fax:                  +1-514 252-0372
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Website:          www.ParcOlympique.ca 

The Jardin Botanique de Montréal (Montréal Botanical Garden) is a lovely oasis located just a few minutes from the Olympic Park and downtown. Although gardening may not typically rank high with young teens, the Montréal Botanical Garden is hardly a typical garden. 

Jardin Botanique, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Jardin Botanique de Montréal

Jardin Botanique, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury ExperienceThe garden, founded in 1936, has a collection of over 21,000 taxa, which include 11,000 different species of plants, and another 10,000 hybrids. Ranked as one of the top botanical gardens in the world, there is much to explore including its 10 greenhouses, Alpine Garden, Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden, Perennial Garden, Rose Garden, Shade Garden, Court of the Senses especially designed for the visually impaired to experience plants through the sense of taste, smell, touch, and sound; and so much more. There is a free-mini train that circles the garden and makes frequent stops with commentary in English and French to enhance your visit. 

The Jardin Botanique de Montréal (Montréal Botanical Garden) is open Tuesday through Sunday from November 1st until May 14thth until September 9th the garden is open daily from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm; September 10thst from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm. Visit the website for additional information. from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm; from May 15 until October 31.

Jardin Botanique, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Jardin Botanique de Montréal 
 
Admission is charged. Low Season Admission (November through mid-May): Adults: $14.00, Age 65+ and Students: $10.50. Ages 5-17: $7.00, Ages 2-4: $2.00, Under 2: Free. High Season Admission: Mid-May until the end of October: Adults: $16.50, Age 65+ and Students: $12.50. Ages 5-17 : $8.25, Ages 2-4: $2.50, Under 2: Free.  

Jardin Botanique, Montreal, Canada

Jardin Botanique de Montréal (Montréal Botanical Garden)
4101 rue Sherbrooke Est (east)
Montréal, QC H1X 2B2
Canada
Telephone:        +1-514-872-1400
Website:           www.MuseumsNature.ca 

We visited the Musée d'Art Contemporain located in the heart of downtown on rue Saint-Catherine Ouest where we saw the exhibition of works by Canadian abstract artist Paul-Emile Borduas (1905-1960) + François Lacasse, Guy Pellerin, Roland Poulin, and Irene F. Whittome. The exhibition featured some of the highlights of the collection of 123 works consisting of 72 paintings, 50 works on paper, and a sculpture by Paul-Emile Borduas dating from the early 1920s until his death in Paris in 1960. We had the good fortune to arrive just as a gallery tour was beginning which provided additional insight into this talented artist.

Musee d'Art Contemporian de Montreal, Canada
 
Musée d'Art Contemporain
 
The Musée d'Art Contemporain is open Tuesday - Sunday from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm, and Wednesday from 11:00 am - 9:00 pm. The museum is closed Mondays, with the exception of public holidays. Admission: Adults: $8.00, Seniors (60+): $6.00, Students (30 and under with Student ID): $4.00, Family: (maximum 4 persons including at least 1 adult with adolescents aged 12 to 17): $16.00, Children under 12 and members: Free, and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Free.  

Musee d'Art Contemporian de Montreal, Canada

Musée d'Art Contemporain
185, rue Saint-Catherine Ouest (west at the corner of Jeanne-Mance)
Montréal, QC Canada H2X 3X5
Telephone:       +1-514-847-6226
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Website:          www.macm.org 

We visited the hands-on Centre des Sciences de Montréal (Montréal Science Centre) where we enjoyed experiencing the many exhibits that make learning fun. In addition to two floors of exhibitions, there is also an IMAX Theatre. 

Steven Argen at Science Centre, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Steven at Centre des Sciences de Montréal

The Centre des Sciences de Montréal is open Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, and Saturday - Sunday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Admission prices vary according to program. Please check their website for information.  

Science Centre, Montreal, Canada Centre des Sciences de Montréal
Located at the end of Boulevard Saint-Laurent (Pier King Edward)
Montréal, QC
Canada
Telephone:        +1-514-496-4629
Toll-Free:          1-877-496-4724
Website:           www.MontrealScienceCentre.com
 

Love solving puzzles? Kids of all ages may enjoy Shed 16 Labyrinth, which kept us enthralled for over 90-minutes as we followed clues to find our way through an intricate indoor maze. We climbed over obstacles, slid down tunnel slides, and came to many dead ends in the maze before finally finding our way out laughing all the way. 

Shed 16 Labyrinth is open from May 15 until June 23 on Saturdays, Sundays and official holidays from 11:30 am until 5:30 pm; from June 24 until August 22 Shed 16 is open daily from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm; and from August 23 to October 8 on Saturdays, Sundays and official holidays from 11:30 am until 5:30 pm. 

Labyrinth, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Shed 16 Labyrinth

Halloween Special: Saturdays, Sundays and official holidays from October 9 to 31from 11:30 am until 5:30 p.m. Extreme Halloween: Fridays and Saturdays on October 22, 23, 29, and 30 from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm. Admission (Ages 16+): $18.00 

Admission is charged. Adults (Ages 18-59): $ 14.00, Seniors (60+): $13.00, Teens (13-17): $13, Children (4-12): $10.50, Children (3 and under): Free. Family Packages (Family of 3): $34.50, (Family of 4): $44, (Family of 5): $53.50. Check their website for complete listing of programs. 

Labyrinth, Montreal, Canada

Shed 16 Labyrinth

Quai de l'Horloge, Hangar 16 (Clock Tower)
Vieux-Port de Montréal (Old Port of Montréal)
Montreal, QC H2L 4K3
Canada
Telephone:      +1-514-499-0099
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Website:     www.LabyrintheDuHangar16.com 
 

Shopping 

Down the street from Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours in Old Montréal is the Marché Bonsecours, built in the Classical Revival style circa 1847, which was the former site of city hall until 1878, and is designated as one of Canada's heritage sites. We enjoyed browsing through the many shops that featured high-quality Québec artisan crafts. 

Old Montreal, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Old Montréal

We also enjoyed tasting and purchasing the many artisanal maple products from the vendors located in front of the Marché Bonsecours. 

The Marché Bonsecours opens at 10:00 am and with varying closing hours according to the season. From April 1 - June 23, and September 5 - December 31, it is open Sunday - Thursday until 6:00 pm, and on Friday and Saturday until 9:00 pm; daily from June 24 - September 4 until 9:00 pm; and from January 1 - March 31, it is open daily until 6:00 pm.  

Bon Secours Market, Montreal, Canada

Marché Bonsecours
350, rue Saint-Paul Est
Vieux-Montréal, QC
Canada
Telephone:        +1-514-872-7730
Website:           www.MarcheBonSecours.qc.ca 

We strolled through Old Montréal and soaked up the cobblestone atmosphere, browsed in the many shops, purchased more maple products once Steven discovered the discovered the delicious hard maple syrup candies, and also made time for some quality bench time to relax and enjoy dishes of maple syrup sweetened ice cream. 

Stained Glass Submway Art - Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Stained Glass Art in Underground

We experienced downtown shopping on Rue Sainte-Catherine the longest shopping street in North America, and when a torrential afternoon rainstorm hit, we simply laughed and headed indoors to continue shopping in Montréal's all-weather underground, which covers over 20 miles (33 kms) with excellent shopping throughout. 

Where to Dine 

The Montréal culinary scene is richly diverse with family-friendly restaurants that have menus that will appeal to even the finickiest of eaters. 

We had a very tasty lunch at Boccacino's Restaurant-Bar  where the ambience was comfortable and inviting with wood tables flanked with wood and black leather chairs, wood and marble floor, and brick walls. 

Boccancinos, Montreal, Canada
Boccacino's Restaurant-Bar

Boccancinos, Montreal, Canada - Manzanillo Sandwich - Photo by Luxury ExperienceBoccacino's Restaurant-Bar features interesting appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pizza, pasta, grilled items, and specialty main courses. Steven enjoyed a healthy but hearty Manzanillo sandwich made with grilled chicken, melted Swiss cheese, sautéed mixed peppers, avocados, spicy mayonnaise, lettuce and tomatoes served on grilled baguette bread accompanied by a mountain of crispy french fries. 

I had a lovely light lunch of a salad made with grilled shrimp, mixed field greens, cherry tomatoes, sliced red peppers, sliced strawberries, raspberries, and sliced almonds, with a poppy seed dressing. 
 
Boccancinos, Montreal, Canada - Grilled Shrimp Salad - Photo by Luxury Experience
Grilled Shrimp Salad 

Boccacino's is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

Boccancinos, Montreal, Canada

Boccacino's Restaurant-Bar
1251 McGill College Avenue
Montréal, QC H3B 2Y4
Canada
Telephone:       +1-514-861-5742
Fax:                  +1-514-861-1534
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Website:          www.Boccacinos.com 

We also had a delicious lunch at Jardin Nelson located in the heart of Old Montréal while listening to a jazz duo. The open-air courtyard restaurant has the feel of New Orleans with its stone and steel girder walls decorated with a plethora of beautiful hanging flower baskets. Large canvas umbrellas and retractable awnings provided shelter from sun and rain yet allow a glimpse of the sky. Square tables flanked French-style slatted folding chairs on the stone floor. 

Jardin Nelson, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Jardin Nelson

Jardin Nelson - Crepes, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury ExperienceJardin Nelson features a selection of large filled crêpes, salads, pasta, pizza, and main courses. Steven had a pork filet crêpe made with sweet batter, and filled with sliced pork filet, fresh tomato, red onion, black Kalamata olives, cheddar, mozzarella, feta cheese, and tzatziki sauce accompanied by a salad made with julienne zucchini, cabbage, and dried cranberries. 

I had a Newburg crêpe made with sweet batter and filled with Newburg sauce, lobster, scampies, shrimps, scallops, mozzarella, and cheddar cheese, also accompanied with the salad. 

Jardin Nelson - Jazz Duo, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Live Jazz at Jardin Nelson

Jardin Nelson, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury ExperienceJardin Nelson features live jazz music from noon until late evening and is open from mid-April until the end of April from Thursday through Sunday with service from 11:30 am. From May 1st until the end of September, the restaurant is open daily from 11:30 am weekdays and from 10:00 am on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays. From October until Thanksgiving, Jardin Nelson is open from Thursday until Sunday. Consult their website for additional information.  

Jardin Nelson, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience

Jardin Nelson
407 Place Jacques-Cartier
Vieux-Montréal, QC H2Y 3B1
Canada
Telephone:       +1-514-861-5731
Fax:                  +1-514-861-5733
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Website:          www.JardinNelson.com 

We had dinner at Pizzedelic, a cozy and intimate restaurant located in Old Montréal where the ambience features exposed brick walls graced with large framed black and white photographs, and the culinary focus is of course, pizza with thin and flaky crusts. They also have a nice selection of pastas, salads, and main courses. 

Pizzedelic, Montreal, Canada - Rocket & Prosciutto Pizza - Photo by Luxury Experience
Prosciutto and Rocket Pizza

Pizzas are square and come in two sizes, small and large, and as a point of reference, the small size filled a large plate. Steven had a tempting rocket pizza made with prosciutto, arugula, balsamic vinaigrette, tomato sauce, and mozzarella cheese. 

Pizzedelic, Montreal, Canada - California Shrimp Pizza - Photo by Luxury Experience
California Shrimp Pizza

I had a delicious California shrimp pizza made with black tiger shrimp, sundried tomatoes, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, white wine, feta, and pesto.  

Pizzedelic is open for lunch and diner. 

Pizzedelic, Montreal, Canada

Pizzedelic
39 Notre-Dame West
Montréal, QC H2Y 1S5
Canada
Telephone:       +1-514-286-1200
Fax:                  +1-514-288-2184
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Website:          www.Pizzedelic-Montreal.com 

We also had dinner at Reuben's Deli-Steaks-Desserts, established in 1976, located in the heart of downtown where the ambience is comfortable and the focus is on smoked meat, and large deli-type gourmet sandwiches. They also have a nice selection of salads, seafood, steaks and chops, charbroiled chicken, burgers, pizza, and pasta. Portions are generous. 

Steven continued his healthy eating with a gorgeous teriyaki beef salad made with grilled peppered strip loin with teriyaki sauce served on a bed of mixed field greens, with baby corn, bean sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, and shredded carrots tossed in sesame oil vinaigrette, and sprinkled with sesame seeds. 

Teriyaki Beef Salad - Reuben's Deli, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Teriyaki Beef Salad

I had a lovely 10-ounce grilled salmon that was drizzled with lemon and olive oil and served with mixed grilled vegetables and wild rice pilaf.  
 
Grilled Salmon - Reuben's Deli, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Grilled Salmon

Reuben's Deli-Steaks-Desserts is open for lunch and dinner. 

Reuben's Deli, Montreal, Canada

Reuben's Deli-Steaks-Desserts
1116 Sainte-Catherine Street West
Montréal, QC H3B 1H4
Canada
Telephone:       +1-514-866-1029
Fax:                  +1-514-871-2457
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Website:          www.ReubensDeli.com 

After a fabulous long weekend, we traveled back to the airport in style once again with Allanté Limousine Service. After checking-in at the airport and passing through Customs, we boarded the Air Canada flight en-route for LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in New York with our luggage filled with souvenirs of our trip, and our hearts filled with wonderful family vacation memories to last a lifetime. 

Steven M. Argen's Comments on the Trip: "I had the coolest trip with my aunt to Montréal. We did so much, jet boating, which was a blast, we went through a huge labyrinth, we toured the city, and we went to a science museum with lots of great exhibits. 

Steve Sampling Maple Products - Photo by Luxury Experience
Steven Sampling Québec Maple Syrup Products

The food was also amazing, mile-high salads, meat pizzas, and pork-filled crêpes. There were also so many delicious maple products, which I enjoyed sampling as many as I could. Montréal was a great place to visit, there were fun things for everyone, whether you are a kid or an adult, and I hope to return again!"  

Important Information for Montréal: 

The currency of Canada is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). As of July 2010, the exchange rate was 1 US Dollar (USD) to 1.04 Canadian Dollar, and 1 (EUR) to 1.32 Canadian Dollar (CAD). The Canadian Dollar is divided into 100 cents, with coin denominations of .01, .05, .10, and .25, 1 dollar, and 2 dollar coins; bank note denominations are: 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 dollars. 

Electricity is 110 volts/60 cycles, which is used throughout North America. Bring a converter if your appliances do not have dual voltage and plug adapters if traveling from outside North America. 

French is the official language of Montréal, and while many people speak English, it is always helpful to have some basic language knowledge when traveling. 
 

Basic Vocabulary

 

 

 

English

French

Do you speak English?

Parlez-vous anglais?

I do not understand

Je ne comprends pas.

Hello

Bonjour

Good-bye

Au revoir

Good evening

Bonsoir

Good night

Bonne nuit

Please  

S'il vous plaît

Excuse me

excusez-moi

I would like

Je voudrais

Thank you

Merci/Merci beaucoup

You're Welcome

de rien

Yes/No

Oui/Non

Where is?

Oû est?

Airplane

avion

Airport

l'aéroport

Boat/Ferry

bateau

Bus

autobus

Hotel

hôtel

Taxi

taxi

Ticket

billet

Train

train

Train station

gare ferrovaire

Here/There

ici/là

Close/far

près/loin

Right/left/straight ahead

à droit/à gauche/tout droit

How much is it?

Combien?

The price?

Le prix?

Open/Closed

ouverte/ferme

 

 

Time

Temps

Monday

lundi

Tuesday

mardi

Wednesday

mercredi

Thursday

jeudi

Friday

vedredi

Saturday

samedi

Sunday

dimanche

Morning/Day/Night

matin/jour/nuit

Today/Tomorrow

aujourd'hui/demain

 

 

Health

Santé

Back

au dos

Dentist

dentiste

Doctor

médecin

Fever

fèvre

Flu

la grippe

Headache

mal de tête

Help!

Au secours!

Hospital      

hôpital

Ill

Mal

Pharmacy

pharmacie

Stomach

au ventre

Throat

à la gorge

 

 

Restaurant

Restaurant

Breakfast

petite déjeuner

Lunch

déjeuner

Dinner

dîner

Bread

pain

Butter

beurre

Beef

boeuf

Cheese

fromage

Chicken

pulet

Clams

palourdes

Cod

morue

Crab

crabe

Duck

canard

Eggs

œufs

Fish

poisson

Lamb

agneau

Lobster

homard

Meat

viande

Oysters

huîtres

Pork

porc

Poultry

volaille

Prawns

crevettes

Salad

salade

Salmon

saumon

Seafood

fruits de mer

Scallops

pétancles

Shrimp

crevettes

Tuna

thon

Vegetables

légumes

Vegetarian

végétarien

The check

l'addition

 

 

Dessert

Dessert

Cake

gâteau

Ice cream

glace

Pastry

pâtisserie

Pie

tarte

   

Beverages

Boissons

Coffee

café

Tea

thé

Ice

glaçons

Juice

jus

Lemon

citron

Milk

lait

Sugar

sucre

Water/Mineral Water

eau/eau minérale

Beer

bière

Wine

vin

Read other articles on Montréal in the Destinations, Hotels and Resorts, Adventures, Arts, Restaurants, and Chefs' Recipes sections. 

Montreal Tourism, Montreal, Canada For more information on Montréal, please visit the websites: www.Tourism-Montreal.org, www.QuebecRegion.com, and www.BonjourQuebec.com

For information on Air Canada, please visit the website: www.AirCanada.com or contact them at 1-888-247-2262. 

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