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    Advise on going to Quebec

    After we race in northern Maine next month, I am going to come home through Canada and would like to visit either Quebec or Montreal. Ideally we would stay in a nice hotel downtown, but I will have a 16 foot trailer behind me, so parking will be a big concern. Needless to say I am not going to give my truck keys to the valet and let him go park the rig, so surface parking or a very modern parking garage are essential. Can anyone advise on how to do this? I know we can stay at the Holiday Inn at the airport, but I would like to treat Mrs. H for putting up with my racing illness. Hotel and restaurant suggestions are also welcome. And yes, I am removing all guns, ammo, most of the liquor and will have good registration and title info for everything. We will enter Canada at Grand Falls but not sure where we will exit yet.

    Also any roads to recommend or to avoid would be helpful too.
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    go to quebec imo

    montreal will give you nughtmares the way they drive and with construction going on

    they put the k rail so close to the edge its awful and it very congested
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    Re: Parking- Perhaps the safest I can think of in this situation might be using a lot at or near the airport or transit station, as these are usually well lit, with a security staff patrolling, and video monitoring. Then you could take a rental car or taxi (LIMO) to the hotel.

    You might also contact the place you plan to stay and ask what they might suggest.
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    Get in touch with your insurance agent/company and request a Canada Insurance Card for all your insured vehicles. Ask for it now, they can pre-date it for your trip, that way you won't forget.

    To elaborate on Murray's observation, Montreal has two seasons, winter and road construction. It's a cluster fudge in and around the city, and the bonus they throw in is that construction signs, detour instructions, etc. are all ONLY in French. Parle Francais or screwey you mon cheri.

    That being said, Montreal is a very nice city to visit, plenty to do, especially at night. If I were pulling a 16 footer, I would find a place to park it on the outskirts of Montreal (Uhaul, Pensky, and some truck stops will let you park the trailer, usually for a small per diem.) Even if an intown hotel has parking, you'll be in no mood to sight see or anything else after a day trying to navigate the barge around Montreal, traffic sucks and you can find yourself in tight spots if you don't know the area really well. Let's just say that my experience with the helpfulness of French Canadians is that if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.

    The Quebecois are easily identified, it will be a unique experience, you'll have fun.

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    Thanks Cobram, I will remember to pack my black speedo and take a big cross so I blend in. I have taken the trailer through downtown Boston and NYC with a minimum of problems. My worst drives were in the mountain resorts in Colorado and Utah.
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    ed your wife will like old quebec city a lot more lol

    get a nice room at the Le Château Frontenac take her to dinner at panache

    go to brunch at Le Clocher Penché

    and walk around the old city visit some of the shops then go smell palliards and have a croissant or 5 for me for a snack

    that is a whole bunch of brownie points that are yummy and you wont need to drive
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    Murray, funny but she wants to stay at the Frontenac too, it must be nice.

    I just ordered my Canadian insurance card.

    Any thoughts on border crossings back to the US? I am looking at either I15 at Champlain, NY or I87? It isn't an hours long ordeal like coming back from Mexico is it?
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    i used to stay at the frontenac every year when we went to Le Bonhomme carnival

    i heard it was all updated this past year it si right in the old city so once you are ther you really dont need your car

    anymore till you leave

    most places are easy and nice to walk to or a short cab ride will get you there

    and they have polite bilingual staff and concierge that will help you with every whim

    Champlain is usually pretty quick to cross
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    I can't help with the accommodations, but Qubec City any day. The old city is fantastic, food, wine and pretty women everywhere. I used to travel there for business. Knowing some French helps.
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    Thanks for all of the ideas. I think it is unanimous to go to Quebec over Montreal. The hotels in the old city sound like a nice change from Hampton Inns and Holiday Inn Express. Pretty excited about some fine dining too, just hope I can order all right from the menus and don't wind up ordering goat brains
    when I am trying to get veal.
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