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'[OT] Montreal tourism suggestions?'
2009\06\08@094716 by William Couture

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Hi all,

My wife and I are going to be in Montreal this weekend, driving from
Philadelphia
to Montreal on Friday, and leaving on Monday morning.

Any suggestions for computer geeks who like science, science fiction, books,
food, and general tourism?

Thanks,
  Bill

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2009\06\08@102525 by Marc Nicholas

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Hmmm...

- The Biodome is somewhat interesting if you like that sort of thing (Google
it).
- You pretty much have to have a smoked meat sandwich if you're in going
there.. Schwarzt's is the most famous joint. http://www.schwartzsdeli.com/
- My favourite restaurant is Au Pied de Cochon, but it might not be your cup
of tea....but Google it and see.
- Watch out as I believe Montreal is now the only place in Canada where it's
illegal to turn right on a red light!

-marc


On Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 9:47 AM, William Couture <spam_OUTbcoutureTakeThisOuTspamgmail.com> wrote:

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2009\06\08@110822 by Carl Denk

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Don't forget the border crossing regulations have recently changed. I
don't think, just a picture ID and birth certificate is sufficient to
get back into the USA.

William Couture wrote:
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2009\06\08@112248 by Tamas Rudnai

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On Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 3:25 PM, Marc Nicholas <.....geekythingKILLspamspam@spam@gmail.com> wrote:

> Watch out as I believe Montreal is now the only place in Canada where it's
> illegal to turn right on a red light!
>

Can we say Montreal is the only "normal" place in Canada? :-) Here in Europe
when it red then it's red -- if you can turn you will have a separated light
allowing that (or even a separated lane).

Tamas
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2009\06\08@113552 by Herbert Graf
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On Mon, 2009-06-08 at 11:08 -0400, Carl Denk wrote:
> Don't forget the border crossing regulations have recently changed. I
> don't think, just a picture ID and birth certificate is sufficient to
> get back into the USA.

For the moment the US border guard is being lenient. Technically you
need a passport or one of those special licenses, but they will allow
you to cross with proof of citizenship and photo ID after a more
thorough screening.

Also, I believe you must have a passport for everyone, even a 1 year
old.

TTYL

2009\06\08@114124 by Herbert Graf

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On Mon, 2009-06-08 at 16:22 +0100, Tamas Rudnai wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 3:25 PM, Marc Nicholas <geekythingspamKILLspamgmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Watch out as I believe Montreal is now the only place in Canada where it's
> > illegal to turn right on a red light!
> >
>
> Can we say Montreal is the only "normal" place in Canada? :-) Here in Europe
> when it red then it's red -- if you can turn you will have a separated light
> allowing that (or even a separated lane).

Once you see the driving behaviour in Montreal you might not agree on
that "normal" statement... :)

I learned to drive in Toronto, one of the worst places IMHO in NA for
driving behaviours, except for Montreal; even I was a little scared
there.

TTYL

2009\06\08@143819 by Carl Denk

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I thought the grace period had very recently expired, like last 2 weeks.
And yes, even infants, as long as it's human and breathes need a
passport. When granddaughter visited grandparents (other side of family)
in Vancouver, she had a passport. I think the issue is, it's easy to get
out of the USA, but try to get back in, that could be a real problem.

Herbert Graf wrote:
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2009\06\08@145528 by Tamas Rudnai

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On Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 7:38 PM, Carl Denk <.....cdenkKILLspamspam.....windstream.net> wrote:

> I thought the grace period had very recently expired, like last 2 weeks.
> And yes, even infants, as long as it's human and breathes need a
> passport. When granddaughter visited grandparents (other side of family)
> in Vancouver, she had a passport. I think the issue is, it's easy to get
> out of the USA, but try to get back in, that could be a real problem.


My cousin who lives in Calgary told me few month ago that he crossed the
border only with his driving license and then it was really difficult to get
back to Canada -- so it works in both ways then. He said the law changed
since last time was traveling to the USA.

Tamas

2009\06\08@150322 by solarwind

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Poutine.

2009\06\08@150948 by Spehro Pefhany

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At 02:38 PM 08/06/2009, you wrote:
>I thought the grace period had very recently expired, like last 2 weeks.
>And yes, even infants, as long as it's human and breathes need a
>passport. When granddaughter visited grandparents (other side of family)
>in Vancouver, she had a passport. I think the issue is, it's easy to get
>out of the USA, but try to get back in, that could be a real problem.

No. Citizen children (US CITIZENS and Canadian CITIZENS
under the age of 16) crossing by LAND or SEA only need a birth certificate
or equivalent.

Check out the details:

http://www.getyouhome.gov/html/lang_eng/eng_sa.html

So < 18 yr. old. players baseball team travelling together, or a 15-year-old
travelling with her parents do not currently (as of June 1) need a passport
provided they don't fly across the border and are all citizens of either the
US or Canada.

A passport is always safe though.. and they do know if you have one or not,
and will be erm.. 'curious' ("snap" goes the rubber glove) if you have one and
don't produce it. It's also nice to be able to get home in a hurry (eg. by air)
without hassles should you should fall ill.

>Best regards,

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2009\06\08@212803 by Gaston Gagnon

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William Couture wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> My wife and I are going to be in Montreal this weekend, driving from
> Philadelphia
> to Montreal on Friday, and leaving on Monday morning.
>
> Any suggestions for computer geeks who like science, science fiction, books,
> food, and general tourism?
>
> Thanks,
>    Bill
>
>  
Hi William,
Among other things, in no significant order:
- http://www.festivaleureka.ca/ (Science for public at large this
weekend only)
- Biodôme
- Montreal Insectarium
- Montreal Botanical Gardens
- Montreal Grande Bibliothèque

- International des feux Loto-Québec/Fireworks Festival (Saturday)
- Old Montreal  (A nice place to walk around. You can see the fireworks
from there too)
- Notre Dame Basilica (Stained glass windows depict Montreal history -
Beautiful)

- Jet Boating on the Lachine Rapids/Saute Moutons (If you like to get wet)
- La Ronde amusement park
- Casino de Montreal

- Cirque du Soleil - OVO
- Cavalia - An Equestrian Fantasy
- 14 miles of underground shopping (Your wife would love this :-) )
- A city tour would show you our billion dollar empty Olympic stadium

- Indigo and Chapters book stores are on St-Catherine st.
- McGill University book store and Paragraphe near the university

You will find more detailed information here:
http://events.montreal.com/

Remember, Montreal is an old town built on an island where the highway
infrastructure is not the greatest. Two or three lanes where five would
be necessary. So traffic SEEMS fast and what does not help, in my
opinion, road signs are not always helpful. As always, if you are
driving, at all times know where you are and where you are going so you
are in the right lane when the time comes to exit. Study your way before
you take either Autoroute Descarie (route 15) and Metropolitain
boulevard (route 40). Google earth and Streets & Trips are your best
friends. A GPS could be very helpful too.
If you stay in town, I suggest you use the metro. If you have to
transfer to a bus remember to take a ticket when entering the metro
(subway) rather than leaving.

Have a good time,
Gaston

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