Not the men, OP. I was there for a week on vacation, and the men - while beautiful - are insane.
Great city to visit, but a lot of foreigners who visit go there expecting a mini Paris. It isn't. it's a medium sized francophone (becoming allophone) Canadian city with cool people, a great music scene, above age public transit and a lot of tolerance for gays. The men there are hot and there seem to be a lot for gorgeous male-male couples holding hands.
However, the hottest male couple I ever saw there was a number of years ago when the shorter French guy (picture a goateed Louis Garrel) was yelling into a cell while simultaneously chastising his much taller hot Marine looking Anglo partner to shut up while he tried to as bargaining with a landlord for the place they wanted.
Oh, and go to Simons on Rue St Catherine sometime in August around the city's Pride. The men's wear section there are mostly gay or gay-friendly guys and you will usually find lots of queens there from the US or other parts of Canada trying to catch their attention.
Au revoir, sweet manwhores of montreal
Massive poutine hounds.
Big PQ supporters.
What's the lez scene like?
In summer fabulous music, film, and fireworks festivals.
Montreal's fireworks competition is the biggest in the world.
Unfortunately, the lazy bastards have yet to produce their schedule for 2013, which has to be a negative for tourism.
The male prostitutes are hawtest!
No wait, that was Toronto.
See Jesus of Montreal
I'm biased against the place as the gay Anglos I knew there were bitter old queens.
Don't do what tourists do and just go up and down St. Catherine and then bitch about how boring the city is. Go to the Plateau and other neighborhoods. Don't go during the winter.
The québécois are odd. In many countries, the locals appreciate an attempt to communicate in their native language. Not the québécois.
No matter how fluent your French, if they detect anything other than a French or Canadian accent, they'll pretend to not understand. Or worse, they'll correct your pronunciation. Small shopkeepers and store clerks are especially bad about this.
Since I never have any trouble being understood in France. I don't think it's me.
I'm in a monogamous relationship so I can't comment too much on the men except to say I found them very charming and handsome.
If you speak a reasonable amount of French and are reasonably good-looking, be prepared to have your brains fucked out. You will also be expected to do some serious topping, too.
Quebecois are sexual animals. In no other part of the world have I ever been treated like such a piece of meat as in Montreal and Quebec City.
My employer sent me there for two weeks. Spent most of that time in what I now recognize as slings, steam rooms, and dungeons... when all I wanted to do was to practice my high school French with some gentlemen while eating snails. I'm from SF and had never even worn a cockring before.
The cab ride to the airport was very long. Hopefully, they have a train or light rail going there now. Sorry, that's all I remember about Quebec.
Am now officially single and thinking of booking a trip there again. So delightful.
You're supposed to go to Schwartz's and get a hot meat sandwich. That's all I know.
Why go to Montreal when you can go to France and why go to Canada when you can go to America .
R24= Ron Paul
Waiting for the inevitable USA poster to declare - it's Pittsburgh but in French. Maybe r24 can oblige.
The coolest shizz to do there is to go to the train station and then go to Quebec City instead. Much more interesting.
R23 I think that's SMOKED meat, a/k/a pastrami (or is it corned beef?)
Montréal has the best strip clubs in North America.
Isn't it the home of Celine DeLeon?
R29 Who is she, the long lost sister of Ponce DeLeon?
Toronto got the Condos, Montreal got the Cool.
Montreal is not France, Quebec City is where you want to go for that.
[quote]No matter how fluent your French, if they detect anything other than a French or Canadian accent, they'll pretend to not understand. Or worse, they'll correct your pronunciation. Small shopkeepers and store clerks are especially bad about this.
In Montreal, my experience is that any attempt at speaking French is appreciated, but when they detect the panic in your eyes when you cannot understand a word they're saying back to you (and you won't at first, until your ear gets used to the accent), they'll switch to English immediately.
Outside Montreal, you're on your own.
[quote]The cab ride to the airport was very long. Hopefully, they have a train or light rail going there now.
There's an express bus (the 747 route) that runs from the bus terminal at Berri/UQAM station to Trudeau, with several stops in the city centre. It's still a long trip, but it's fast and super easy.
It is basically New Jersey with French road signs.
It's ok for the bars and clubs but beyond that there really isn't that much to do. The people are insular and the city is somewhat boring. Ok for 3 days max.
It might blow your mind if you're from Columbus or Salt Lake. Otherwise, it's just a city where you'll pay too much if you want decent food.
Hike around Mont Royal -- and suck some married cocked off the trails. The baths are loads of fun too. Clean, friendly, sexy.
The baths are all pretty good but my favorite isn't even in the village, it's on St Laurent up near Laurier
Nothing conjures up the eldergay vibes faster than talking about 'the baths'.
R7, the "lez scene" used to be the best in Canada, but I have not been there in years.
You'll learn R38. It's a lot safer than bringing grindr or craigslist hookups into your home. And there's a lid for every pot at the baths, even ugly fatsos like you
I'm so wounded, R40. Shouldn't an eldergay be able to punctuate well, though?
I was surprised by the brutal ugliness of so much of the 60s/70s-era infrastructure and public works: the motorways, the Dharma Initiative-like remains of the World's Fair, the Olympic Stadium, and especially the Métro. It's super-easy to get around the island, but wow, it's hard on the eyes.
If you think Montreal is ugly, don't go to Toronto or Calgary, R42.
Montreal is a lovely city, especially the city center which is old world beautiful. The food is delicious! Try L'Express or Laloux for wonderful French cuisine. There are also some great Italian and Greek restaurants there. The boys are very pretty and very sexual. I have never had a problem there not speaking French. They will all switch to (heavily accented) English very quickly when they realize you are not from there. I find Montrealers friendly. I like the city a lot.
Toronto is ugly on steroids.
I desperately need to go back to Campus and Stock Bar! nude strippers galore!
When people say Montreal is "just like Paris", I assume they mean Paris Hilton
"When people say Montreal is "just like Paris", I assume they mean Paris Hilton"
Trashy, boring and over pretty much describes it.
It's culture is uh insular, not unlike Salt Lake City.