(Closed) Canadian Honeymoon

posted 9 years ago in Ottawa, Canada
Post # 3
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19 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Hi there!

You will have the greatest time! Quebec is gorgeous, and the culture is unbelievable. If you don’t mind me asking, how is your french? Montreal is pretty much bilingual, so if someone says hello in french, respond in english and they will switch languages. I have heard, however, that is not the case as often in Quebec City. Just some friendly advice.

 In either Montreal or Quebec (short form for Quebec City) please make sure you eat a lot of poutine! It’s a Canadian staple, and the best stuff comes from Quebec. It’s available pretty much everywhere, but unless it’s real cheese curds – it’s not real poutine! (If you don’t know what poutine is, google is your friend!) In montreal, there really only is ONE stop you absolutely have to make. http://www.schwartzsdeli.com – This deli is the most famous for Montreal Smoked Meat, and is arguably the best place you can get it. They only take cash btw, so come prepared, and hungry! Also, montreal bagels are supposed to rival ones in NY, but I’ve not had the time to test that theory!

 No matter where you are, immerse yourself in the rich history of Quebec. Try local food like tortieres, and visit all the old buildings and historical locations that are rampant in lower Quebec. I could go on forever, if you want more info – PM me!

Post # 4
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22 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

What fun! I have spent lots of time in all three cities (and lived in Ottawa for many years), and what I love about all of them are the festivals.  I am not sure when you are planning on visiting (late August?) but check out the tourism sites and find out about festivals going on when you are there…I think the Montreal Blues festival is on in August at around that time.

Also, for all three cities, you can usually request free maps and tourist guides online (makes life easier!).

Quebec: Visit the old part of the city, but be aware that there will be many many tourists around the gift shops.  If you are staying in or around the old part of the city you can pretty much walk around on your own without too much hassle.  You can wander through the old city and learn lots about the history of Canada: for instance the old fortifications and the Plains of Abraham (where the French battled the English), and also take the funicular for a view down to the water.  For places to eat, I would just wander around and look for a small non-chain restaurant (sorry, no specific recommendation) or go to a market and buy fresh bread, local cheese and some other deli items and have a picnic.

Montreal:  More to do in Montreal because it is bigger than Quebec! I second Schwartz’s, although I admit that last time I went I only ordered the fries because they are SO good). St-Viateur Bagels are supposedly the best, athough as long as they are real (dipped in honey water and cooked in a wood burning oven) a Montreal bagel is probably one of my favourite foods.  Montreal also has some great restaurants: Olive & Gourmando for lunch (http://www.oliveetgourmando.com/index_flash.cfm), Garcon for pricier french food (http://www.restaurantgarcon.com/), and Au Pied de Cochon (http://www.restaurantaupieddecochon.ca/) for some mid-range food.  Montreal is also a popular shopping destination (clothing, shoes, interior dec, etc.) for those that live in more style-conservative areas of the country and feel deprived. If it is a nice day, the botanical gardens, a walk up Mont Royal (the big hill/mountain in the middle of the city), or a walk in one of the numerous neighbourhoods would be nice (Westmount is a well off english neighbourhood if you are craving some English).  Montreal has great public transit, so you can ditch the car and take the Metro most places.

While in Quebec (the Province, not the city) enjoy being able to purchase (some limted) alcohol in the corner stores.  All the other booze will be located in an SAQ (liqour control store) – important if you want to pick up a nice bottle of wine! 

Ottawa: As the Nation’s capital, you should try to visit the parliament buildings (they have regularly scheduled tours in the summer), perhaps see an RCMP changing of the guard in the morning (the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have guards in dress uniforms wearing large bearskin hats who perform a changing of the guard ) on parliament hill, wander a few blocks to the Byward Market which is full of bars and restaurants and some little boutiques.  Ottawa is a government town and doesn’t have as much of a nightlife as  Montreal, however it is concentrated in the market which is nice! No specific restaurant suggestions in Ottawa since I tend to prefer dining at my grandmother’s when I am in town! Ottawa is also museum and gallery central (http://www.ottawakiosk.com/museum3.html). Definately check out the National Gallery (big glass building, hard to miss) and the Museum of Civilization right accross the river in Gatineau, Quebec. Also just accross the river is Gatineau Park with lots of hiking, some old historic houses to visit, and swimming in lakes.  Finally, the Nation’s capital is home to the National Arts Centre where you can go to watch a ballet, take in some classical music or watch an opera.

Handy tip: all alcohol is sold through LCBO (Liqour Control Board of Ontario), but you can find them relatively easily (there is a large one within walking distance from the market).  I know this may sound like I am an overly dedicated LCBO client, but these things are important!

OK that was long!  Are you driving, taking the train or flying? 

Post # 5
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47 posts
Newbee

I 3rd Schartz’s!!! It is that good. It’s worth the line up (try to go during the day or early on the weekends). You may have to share a table with other people, don’t be put off by that. It’s really worth it.

I love L’Express Restaurant, very cute and great for dinner. It’s located at 3927 Rue St-Denis.

Make sure you want through Old Montreal, especially Place de Jacque Cartier!

 If you’re looking for a modern hotel in Montreal, I highly recommend St. Paul’s. http://www.hotelstpaul.com/index.html

 

Have a great time!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I’m guessing you got all the information you needed, but I currently live in Ottawa, and there a few things I agree you must see. The Parliament buildings, and the changing of the gaurds are a must. Byward Market was also suggested, and I agree, it’s lovely. http://www.ottawakiosk.com was suggested as well, and it’s a good place to start. I’m not sure what you like to eat, but there are all sorts of things. One Canadian item that is sure to please is a Beaver Tail. They are available in the market (there’s a little booth) and they’re wonderful!

 

I hope your honeymoon is wonderful! 

Post # 7
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445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I went to Quebec City last year and absolutely loved it. Lots of good suggestions already, re: the old part of the city. I would add the Rue de Tresors, which is actually more like a little alleyway, but it is lined with artists selling their original works. Very cool.

Also, especially if you’re Catholic, visit the St. Ann de Beaupre shrine, just out of Quebec City.

Post # 9
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1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

LOL, I LOVE how you call it French Canada…makes me giggle a bit

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

please please please go to le cochon dingue in quebec city. have the strawberry pie. oh my gosh i dream about this regularly!! haha.

http://www.cochondingue.com/

also, in montreal for desserts, juliette et chocolat…. YUM.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Hahaha, I thought I was going to be original and suggest going to Schwartz’s but I see I was wrong. 

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