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canada summer travel

There are 4 of us who will be traveling to Montreal July 13 through July 27. I'm looking for a good
book on travel to this area. Rick Steves dosen't seem to have one of there great books to guide us. Any suggestions?
Thanks,
Beverly

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Do a Google search: Canada guidebooks and Montreal guidebooks.

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Each of the Canadian provinces have a pretty good comprehensive free travel guide. They're a good place to start

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I wanted to know if anyone has a recommendation for a good reliable book. But thank you for your information.

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My family is also going to Montreal, Ottawa, and Quebec City this summer (incorporating women's World Cup matches in the trip). We were not able to find a "Rick Steves of Canada" that did the same kind of thing he does in helping us prioritize our sightseeing. We did buy a couple of books at Barnes & Noble -- I think the better one is Lonely Planet. Mostly we have been using a combination of Trip Advisor and local tourism sites.

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Beverely .. actually .. as said.. every province releases an accomadation guide that's pretty darn good.. we use it..

Also . Go on a different forum.. RS does not do Canada.. but tripadivsor.com Montreal forums will be helpful and has hotel reviews etc.. I use tripadvisor.com for all my hotel searches.. ( but I do not book via them.. just do the research, read the reviews etc.. and ask questions on the forums.. then I book directly with hotel for Europe .. but for Canada and States I find sites like Expedia can often beat the hotel direct rates ( which is stupid) .. lol

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Thank you for info. We house exchange so we're basically looking for places to see and tour. Also interested in a scenic train ride for the day.

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Beverly, I can recommend the Fodor's Montreal & Quebec City 2015 book to you. It is very good. We try to get one each year (and donate the previous year's book to our public library). It is reliable and dependable, covers everything, and even has full color photos. www.fodors.com/guidebooks/9780804142878/fodors-montreal-quebec-city-2015/ will show you where to buy it online and you can get it at bookstore chains.

Fodors also has a lot of info on Montreal on their site. This is very useful. www.fodors.com/world/north-america/canada/quebec/montreal/ It also has maps and lots of colorful photos.

Finally- from the source- you can see the Montreal city guide (132 colorful pages) online at http://octgm.com/guide/ You can choose the English language guide by clicking on the right one or the French language one by clicking on the left choice. It is a beautiful free guidebook that has all essential info, hotels, restaurants, things to see and do with colorful photos of them. They include contact info so you can get in touch with the places for more info. It is extremely useful. Be forewarned, when you first click on to this site, they have some happy music that plays for a minute but it stops so you can read in peace.

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Thank you for info. We house exchange so we're basically looking for places to see and tour. Also interested in a scenic train ride for the day.

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I got the Frommer's guide for Montreal and Quebec City when we went wayyyy back in 2007...I even have a separate Frommer's Day by Day guide for Montreal - which I like because you get a map as well as they break them down into interests and day tours...when I am buying guides, I actually lean towards the Frommer's day by day guides...

Don't miss the botanical gardens - they are gorgeous - and the biosphere is pretty neat too if you like that kind of thing...

If you want to visit Canada's capital, you can take VIA rail to Ottawa - takes a few hours. Be a long day trip, and the trains aren't extremely frequent so you would have to watch your time, but our Parliament buildings and the Byward Market are really nice...

As an Edit - our Parliament Buildings are not behind a big fence either like the White House - you can go right up to them! Security could be heavier after the shooting last Fall, but still pretty open - that's the way we like it. I'm trying to remember what we did in Montreal when we went as we only had a few days and it was so long ago now...Basilique Notre Dame was beautiful...I think we went to Old Port (Vieux Port), Mont Royal was a good climb!

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Hi francesbga -
We also did a home exchange to the Montreal area a few summers ago - we were there for a few weeks as well.
One of the areas we really liked visiting were the Laurentide hills west of Montreal. There are many lakes, beautiful drives, and small towns. You can buy baskets of berries for nothing at the markets, stop at a roadside food trucks for poutine, and sample the wild game that is served in many restaurants in the area. There are a couple of restaurants out on Lac Superieur that are very good as well as many others in Mont Tremblant. It does rain a lot out there but if you can catch it on a clear day it's beautiful!

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I've found the AAA guide books very useful for sightseeing. After using them, I've found their ratings (for sightseeing) to be about 90% the same as mine. They don't give a lot of information about the sights, but it's a good start. You can also get very good maps from them for the city as well as larger areas.

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Beverly

Check out the International Fireworks Competition website. If there is an exhibition when you are there, try and buy tickets for it.

It's not like the 4th of July fireworks. It was over an hour long show with the fireworks choreographed to music. It was the most awesome firework display I've ever seen. These are reserved seats. Depending on the price range, some come with free wine.

I can't remember the location and name, but I'm sure it's listed in the guide books. There is a bagel place with wood burning stove. You can get fresh bagels right out of the oven! Yum.

Have fun.