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Forum: Canada November 3rd, 2013, 09:15 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 54,602
Posted By Ephraim
The link shows the bank buy/sell rates. Usually...

The link shows the bank buy/sell rates. Usually 2.5% in either direction for cheques and 3% for cash. Most banks in Canada don't charge consumers a commission fee. (They charge commercial accounts...
Forum: Canada November 2nd, 2013, 10:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 54,602
Posted By Ephraim
Yeah, I don't see Canadians as agreeing to this,...

Yeah, I don't see Canadians as agreeing to this, ever. Politically we are closer to Europe than to the United States. Currency wise, the Canadian dollar is influenced by the US dollar and the US...
Forum: Canada October 28th, 2013, 11:08 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 54,602
Posted By Ephraim
It is called DCC (Dynamic Currency Conversion)...

It is called DCC (Dynamic Currency Conversion) and it's available at some places in Canada, but more often in Europe. It allows you to have the purchase done in your local currency and not use the...
Forum: Canada October 25th, 2013, 04:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 54,602
Posted By Ephraim
Take my word for it, the exchange rate can be...

Take my word for it, the exchange rate can be downright lousy, 15% versus 0%.

You are lucky that no one refused your USD. I know plenty of places that do. Seen posted signs as well. (Besides the...
Forum: Canada October 11th, 2013, 09:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 54,602
Posted By Ephraim
In Montreal we will generally accept USD, but...

In Montreal we will generally accept USD, but that being said, there are plenty who don't and won't accept them. Quebec city is a LOT smaller than Montreal. I would expect exchange rates that...
Forum: Canada September 23rd, 2013, 07:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 997
Posted By Ephraim
A lot of people don't know that Harris Bank is...

A lot of people don't know that Harris Bank is actually a subsidiary of the Bank of Montreal, which recently decided to rebrand the US bank as BMO Harris. The card is available in the US and Canada,...
Forum: Canada September 22nd, 2013, 01:27 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 28,934
Posted By Ephraim
Viator is simply reselling the Grayline tour....

Viator is simply reselling the Grayline tour. There is just one bus in Montreal.
Forum: Canada September 22nd, 2013, 01:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,582
Posted By Ephraim
You are correct, most businesses will accept USD...

You are correct, most businesses will accept USD but with a very unfavourable exchange rate, mostly because our banks give us horrible rates and we need to pass it on. So today's real exchange rate...
Forum: Canada September 22nd, 2013, 01:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 997
Posted By Ephraim
All Canadian companies can process without EMV...

All Canadian companies can process without EMV (Chip & PIN). That being said, there are a few places like Montreal's Metro where US cards are accepted only at a few specific stations.

MasterCard...
Forum: Canada June 25th, 2013, 05:10 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 28,934
Posted By Ephraim
You can do most of Montreal by public transport....

You can do most of Montreal by public transport. Bus 715 is specifically geared to tourists and the day pass is $9. Be aware that the STM doesn't usually accept US credit cards (but will accept cash...
Forum: Canada June 25th, 2013, 04:59 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,976
Posted By Ephraim
There are two seasons in Canada... Winter and...

There are two seasons in Canada... Winter and Construction.

The Dorval circle won't be finished in 2017... it's only running four years behind at the moment....
Forum: Canada May 5th, 2013, 03:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,773
Posted By Ephraim
Take a taxi, it is CAD$40 plus tip. Just a...

Take a taxi, it is CAD$40 plus tip.

Just a note... "Old Town" (Vieux Ville) refers to Quebec City, in Montreal it is Old Montreal (Vieux Montreal) or lesser used... the Old Port (Vieux Port). If...
Forum: Canada April 15th, 2013, 01:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,451
Posted By Ephraim
NOPE. Old Montreal is expensive real estate, so...

NOPE. Old Montreal is expensive real estate, so either you have fine dining restaurants or you have junk food, but not the good stuff. You will have to make it to the Plateau if you want good...
Forum: Canada April 6th, 2013, 08:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,000
Posted By Ephraim
You can also fly into Burlington, take Greyhound...

You can also fly into Burlington, take Greyhound into Montreal (the airport is the bus terminal) and then take the bus or train to Quebec City.
Forum: Canada March 20th, 2013, 01:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,332
Posted By Ephraim
Old Montreal is the must see in Old Montreal....

Old Montreal is the must see in Old Montreal. It's a compact area, so just walk around and you will see it. The museums, the houses, the neighbourhood. Notre Dame is probably the biggest of the...
Forum: Canada March 12th, 2013, 04:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,332
Posted By Ephraim
There are a number of good walking and bicycle...

There are a number of good walking and bicycle tours. All of which are better than anything on a bus. As I said, you can do most of what the bus does with city bus 715. $3 bus ticket.
Forum: Canada March 12th, 2013, 02:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,332
Posted By Ephraim
Are you talking about Montreal or Quebec City,...

Are you talking about Montreal or Quebec City, because Old Town is in Quebec City, in Montreal we have Old Montreal.

Bus 715 in Montreal does most of the route that the bus tour does, except the...
Forum: Canada March 9th, 2013, 01:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,377
Posted By Ephraim
Never been to Le Gros Jambon, but I normally...

Never been to Le Gros Jambon, but I normally wouldn't send anyone to Toque since it's expensive and seem more businessman like than anything else. Of course Schwartz's, L'Express, Au Pied du Cochon,...
Forum: Canada March 8th, 2013, 04:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,377
Posted By Ephraim
If you want to experience the real Montreal, then...

If you want to experience the real Montreal, then stay in the Plateau. If that is too expensive, the Village (short for Gay village, but don't worry about it, it's just where the clubs are, no...
Forum: Canada March 8th, 2013, 11:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,377
Posted By Ephraim
I can't suggest hotels or B&Bs at all. Not...

I can't suggest hotels or B&Bs at all. Not allowed on here because I'm an innkeeper.

If your intent is to see the sights and be done with it, then Old Montreal is the place to do it. But staying...
Forum: Canada March 7th, 2013, 07:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,377
Posted By Ephraim
Since I'm an innkeeper, I am precluded from...

Since I'm an innkeeper, I am precluded from making suggestions. But be aware that Old Montreal is some of the most expensive property in all of Canada, so the prices are high as well. You are best to...
Forum: Canada February 18th, 2013, 02:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,650
Posted By Ephraim
You need more time in Montreal than in Quebec...

You need more time in Montreal than in Quebec city. Quebec city is much smaller and more compact. Montreal is less about sights and more about doing, botanical gardens, neighbourhoods to visit,...
Forum: Canada February 11th, 2013, 10:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,377
Posted By Ephraim
Skip the "HOHO" bus in Montreal. It's not worth...

Skip the "HOHO" bus in Montreal. It's not worth it. Most of the tourist places can be reached with the special bus 715 with the exception of the Botanical Garden, the Biodome et al.
Forum: Canada February 9th, 2013, 06:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,377
Posted By Ephraim
With just a few hours, all you will have time for...

With just a few hours, all you will have time for is Old Montreal. One day specifically, because if you are here for the date of the Grand Prix, the city will be packed.
Forum: Canada February 4th, 2013, 10:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,479
Posted By Ephraim
Old Town is in Quebec City, please call it Old...

Old Town is in Quebec City, please call it Old Montreal or you will confuse the locals.

As far as staying in Montreal, where you stay will change how you see Montreal.:


Old Montreal is...
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