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north america I MONTREAL “oh, the places you’ll go!” paloma villaverde de rico onsite review july 2010 If Montreal were a dessert, it would undoubtedly be a banana split with three extra big scoops of ice cream, lots of fluffy whipped cream and a handful of maraschino cherries on top—oh, and don’t forget those colorful sprinkles. This is a sweet delight of a destination, one that will offer your clients a whirlwind vacation experience, as well as the opportunity to meet some of the friendliest people we’ve ever encountered in our travels. With its appealing restaurants, unique architecture, myriad festivals, inviting museums and quirky attractions, this cosmopolitan city that seamlessly blends European charm with North American energy, should be savored just like one would savor that aforementioned banana split. Tell clients they have our permission—no, our most obstinate recommendation—to get lost in a hangar-enclosed labyrinth, speed over river rapids, hunt for ghosts under the blanket of a night sky, hold their breath as they drop 171 ft. down a roller-coaster named, aptly enough, Goliath at the La Ronde amusement park, and even shop till they drop in a 20-mile “underground city.” exploring Visitors will need a good long week to tour this Canadian city located in the province of Quebec. Of course, if they had more time that would be ideal, but a week will give them plenty of time to see most of the sights. Also, recommend families visit during the summer or early fall—this is when the city is at its liveliest and locals at their happiest—since some of the attractions do not operate during the colder months. So where to begin? That’s the kicker—there’s just too much to see 90 september 2010 and do for families in this city that it’s hard to know where to start, but we’ve compiled a “short” list of some of our favorite places. If your favorite isn’t included, why not drop us a line and we’ll include it in an upcoming “Agent Speak” column. n Touring the Montreal Tower and Olympic Park is a must, especially for first-timers to the city.… It feels cool to be walking around the same spot where competitors from the 1976 Olympics once stomped—does the name Nadia Comaneci ring a bell? Visitors will view the venue that held the track and field events and tour the center where the swimming and diving events took place, and then they can hop on the funiculartype elevator that zooms up the Montreal Tower—which was actually added after the Olympics—to the observatory for spectacular views of the city. n For yet another amazing bird’s-eye view of the city, take a jaunt up Mount Royal to the Chalet du mont Royal. The scenic lookout point in front of the chalet affords marvelous views of downtown Montreal and the St. Lawrence River. The Mount Royal Park is also a beautiful place for a picnic or to simply relax and enjoy nature (squirrels here are especially friendly). Interesting fact: the park’s architect was the same one who designed New York’s Central Park, and it shows—it’s a stunner. n Over on the St. Lawrence River, families with older kids won’t want to miss the jet boating experience on the river, located by the Clock Tower Pier at the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal. The specially outfitted boats for this 1-hour ride zip right into the river’s Lachine Rapids and passengers get soaked—and we’re not talking about a few sprinkles; it’s a veritable drench session from head to toe. Swimsuits Tourisme monTreal

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend September 2010

Editor's Notes/Agent Speak
Hotel Desk
Tour Talk
Norwegian Epic
Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam
Ocean Club Resorts, Turks & Caicos
10 Great Family Resort Stays
Saint Lucia Travel Agent Specialist Program
Stay Awhile: Great Family Escapes
Touring Latin America: Calling All Explorers!
Montreal—"Oh, the Places You'll Go!"
Hawaii: Mahalo to Condo-Hotels
The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Unforgettable Safaris
The Wonders of China
Christmas Tours

Recommend September 2010