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Montreal/Quebec City

Going to Montreal and maybe Quebec City in June. Any tips on hotels/B&B's, Airbnb's and things to do and restaurants...
Thank you..

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Maybe not to everyone's taste, but we had a good experience at the M Montreal Hostel last year. We're not really "hostel people," but our private room was as nice as we've gotten at any hotel, and the location is excellent (right by the Berri-UQAM Metro station, a crossroads of Metro lines).

If you like maple products, head to the Atwater Market, a short walk from the Lionel-Groulx Metro station. There are lots of places in Montreal to get maple syrup/sugar/candy, but the best prices we saw were at Atwater.

ETA: And a travel tip, if you're taking the bus from the airport into town. Half the buses from the airport terminate at Lionel-Groulx (on the edge of town), and half continue through the city center to Berri-UQAM. If you're going anywhere in the city center, and a bus to Lionel-Groulx is leaving first, you'll be told to wait for the next bus. Do not do this. In fact, regardless of what bus you're on, get off at Lionel-Groulx and take the Metro to your destination. The bus ride through the city center takes forever, and the Metro travels almost exactly the same path in a fraction of the time.

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I would look at your dates and see if they are during Grand Prix and the Jazz Festival, you may want to book ASAP if you are.

There are many great places to eat in Montreal, however the best restaurant I have ever dined in is Le Pegase. Very reasonable prices, reserve, and don't forget to bring your own wine as they don't sell it there. Loved La Banquise for poutine (Anthony Bourdain suggestion!) and visit Schwartz's Deli.
A walk up Mont Royal to see the Oratory is a must.
If this is your first time there I would stay in Old Montreal. I loved the Plateau area and would consider there too.
It is a very walkable city, but the metro can get you around efficiently.
I have never been to Quebec City but I hear it is amazing!

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In Montreal, we have stayed at the Hotel de Paris. Request a room with a balcony. Breakfast is included, and they have a small lot if you are driving.

In Quebec City, we stayed at Hôtel Maison du Fort. It's all the way up the hill, but worth the hike. There is a gorgeous cat, Oscar, who will meow at your door when he wants attention. A fantastic spot to stay!

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For Quebec we stayed across the river in Levis, just a couple of blocks from the ferry terminal. The ferry will take you across the river in about 10 minutes and deposit you in the center of things ... just below the Fairmont Hotel & the Cathedral. Cost for pedestrians was about $3 per trip. It's a nice way to visit the city every morning, especially if there are cruise ships in port - nice to leave all of that behind you in the afternoon.
Cheaper prices for accommodations on the other side too.

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hey hey cmkeefe
We spent 4 nights in Quebec City before a fall color cruise. rented a car one day and went to il’de Orleans, montmercy falls, st Anne de beaupre church, st Anne’s canyon gorge. Start early, the island is gorgeous lots of shops, chocolate, farms, produce, old homes, cheese, French speaking. Love love loved it. Stop at shop for baguette, cheese, deli meats and wine for a picnic near the water to enjoy st Lawrence.
The gorge is a walk around with suspension bridges, photo ops, ooohs and ahhhs scenery. Was so so worth it. Read about the island, it’s a small island.

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Our house in USA is just south of Quebec border so we stay in QC almost every June for our anniversary. We don’t stay overnight in Montreal because it isn’t too far of a drive and isn’t one of our favorite places to go (so we cannot help you with info there).

We often stay at in QC because parking is a significant issue and this hotel has cheap and safe parking under the Frontenac. This hotel is located on a park behind a charming and quiet neighborhood. Very easy walking distance to all the sites (excepting those further afar into suburbs). We park our car for the entire stay; only use the wonderful bus service if we need to.

Be aware that in mid June in QC, there is a large influx of middle school students on end of year class excursions. Students from Vermont and New Hampshire also go in June for end of year and tend to inundate hostels.
We suggest book early and in a hotel or Air BnB that does not accept a contingency of tween crowds. The St Genevieve street area is a quiet safe option. Or over by the Fortress.

Many amazing restaurants.

See a previous post from a year ago when someone else was asking about restaurant recommendations.
A budget option is eat picnic style or in your suite for some meals as restaurants in both cities rival European prices for dinner. Not many Sunday morning breakfast options in the old city of QC. Dinner reservations are a must. Lunch out is a cheaper, easier option.

Have fun! QC is one of our favorite places to visit in the world. We never tire of traveling there.

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Did a driving tour in Canada this past June. Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City. Stayed in AirBnB's and VRBO apartments. Favorite thing in Montreal was a Mile End Food Tour with Local Montreal Food Tours. I think there were about 5-6 stops. Most memorable was the stop at St Viateur Bagel shop for a warm fresh Montreal Bagel. Yum! Also, enjoyed driving up Mont Royal and hiking to the illuminated cross. The Oratory of St. Joseph is quite stunning and very interesting. The interior of the Basilica of Notre Dame of Montreal is very beautiful.
We happened to be in Quebec City on June 24 the Feast of John the Baptist, also Quebec Day a national holiday in Quebec Province. They had a huge free music concert on the Plains of Abraham that featured all the big Quebec music stars. Did not recognize any of them. It was followed by fireworks. Music was good and they had the best food trucks I have ever seen. A fondue food truck was the most unusual. We really liked the fresh salad and fresh fruit food truck and had to try a Montreal hotdog. Food was all good and very reasonably priced. Liked the shops below Chateau Frontenac by the port except when the cruise ship is in. They had many shops with quality handmade Quebecois items. Walk down and take the funnicular back up.