Montreal is not a good city to visit. If you are from the States and you're looking for fun, you'd rather go to New York, Vegas or Miami.If you're in looking for business, you'd rather go to Vancouver or Calgary, or Toronto if you can stand the OPP.The Greeks, the Mexicans and the Arabs are going to give you neurocysticercosis if they don't like you. The French are going to give you Tourette's syndrom. The English won't like you because you're American, and they'll try the variant of smallpox they have around here on you. You'll get social engineered and hassled for your money by the Italians. The police is hypocritical and backstabbing. Never give out your real ID, or else you're as good as dead.Unless you want to do drugs and fool around in strip clubs, there is nothing else.And never give out your real ID. Come with a car that has a plate that cannot be traced to you, even rental cars are bad if you rented them under your name. If you come by plane, you are dead meat, since they'll trace your passport (unless you're Jason Bourne).Don't believe me?
Danster, F1 week lead up and the weekend, absolute ball of a time, specially around Crescent Street. Even Little Italy becomes alive with all the Ferrari stuff. Soviet mentioned our Jazz Fest, man that is just as good.
If you want to watch F1, then it's a great time to visit. If you have no interest in F1, then it's probably the worst time to visit: hotels are hard to book and charge more than their usual rates, all the attractions and restaurants are crowded, there's traffic jams everywhere...
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I would go on a later date. The F1 week-end is really expensive, the hotels are more expensive that week-end then in the high season. And way to many people the popular clubs, plus bartenders and waitress usually get bigger tips that week-end so if you can't tip that big, your service will be lousy, if you get any.
If you are a racing guru and are really into F1 cars, then it's the perfect time to visit. But just don't show up here and expect to get a hotel room. Even some of our no-tell motels are booked at twice the going rates for F1 weekend here. It can get so crazy that some people actually rent out their homes! I heard of one young lady rented her condo to a news team from Europe for $3000-4000 for the week, and she went and lived with her parents for that week. It paid for 2-3 months of her mortgage payments.If you are coming to Montreal just to hang out at clubs, drink, and do typical college stuff, you probably want to show up in late June or July. Then you have the JazzFest, the international fireworks festival, CFL football, MLS soccer, and Just for Laughs comedy festival. The LaRonde-Six Flags amusement park is open all summer so that's another fun place for all ages. And just hanging out in Mount Royal Park on a summer day watching people, playing frisbee or football, and chatting up the girls going by is pretty cool too.