Thank you ALL for the awesome help planning my upcoming trip to Montreal.
I would like to send a VERY hearty shout-out to Montreal_Boy. He has been truly wonderful, answering my questions, tweaking my plans and offering really wonderful suggestions.
Any other suggestions based on itinerary below?
Driving from NY, Sunday, March 24th - Sunday, March 31st.
Family of 5 - 3 daughters (17, 15, 13), visiting McGill. Excellent eaters but one with significant food allergies (thus some of the restaurant choices).
Drive up on Sunday, hope to be there before dinner. Staying at Le Square Phillips Hotel & Suites. Got a great deal.
MONDAY - McGill, McGill, McGill. Tour in the morn, admissions office so my daughter can cry and tell them it is her number 1 choice of school & they have to let her in :). (she has the grades+).
TUESDAY - Fitz & Follwell food tour. All day. Private tour. Expensive, but food for a whole day for 5 people is $$ anyway. Plus, they will take us around the whole city, history, food, etc. I spoke to the owner and he was AMAZING when discussing the food allergy issue. Evening at Eaton Centre Mall for shopping, dinner (ha ha, we'll see if we have any room left), hanging out.
WEDNESDAY - Big breakfast at hotel (included, btw), then Olympic Stadium, Biodome, Insectarium (we'll see) and Botanical Gardens. Then 2:30 afternoon tea at Nocochi. Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, walking, shopping, Birks (too much fish for tea, but we like to look at sparkly things), Ice skating at Atrium 1000 (2-for 1 on Wednesdays for tourists), late dinner at Frite Alors. (ironic counterpoint to afternoon tea).
THURSDAY - True sightseeing day: Palais de Congres, Montreal World Trade Centre, Square Victoria, lunch at Olive & Gourmando, Notre Dame Basilica, Place d'Armes, Bank of Montreal Museum, Caleche (we'll need to rest by then), Bonsecours Market, Notre-Dame-de-Bonsicours Chapel, Place Jacque-Cartier, Montreal City Hall, Champs-de-Mars, Crash at hotel. Dinner at Casa Tapas, dessert at Juliette & Chocolate.
FRIDAY - Pointe-a-Calliere Museum. This is the first day of The Beatles exhibit. Lunch at Porto Mar? or Garde Manger? Metro to Holt Renfrew to start our shopping, onto Ogilvy's, Simon's, The Bay - and stuff in between. Bonaparte for dinner (I have reservations).
SATURDAY - ater breakfast, we're going to check out of the hotel, head out of town, stop at Stanley's Sugar Shack on our way to Ottawa. Check in at the Fairmont (the girls will love that it's a castle), wander around Ottawa. No dinner plans yet. Ideas?
SUNDAY - big brunch at hotel before heading home.
MONDAY - collapse after a long, busy, fun week!