Last week, I was lucky to spend a morning in the suburb of Montreal called – Pointe-Claire. As much as I wanted to head to downtown Montreal, I took it upon myself to explore my surroundings. I arrived late the night before (1am!) but had the next half-day before flying out again so I got up real early!
First off, Pointe-Claire is a suburb of Montreal in Quebec. It is mostly residential but I was surprised at how much I could see in a matter of hours. There are three main train stations and four buses that can get you into the neighborhood.
I stayed at the Holiday Inn which was so much more luxurious than any Holiday Inn ever in the USA… lots of glamour and perfect service in my opinion. I loved being greeted with “Bonjour!” I really felt like I was in France.
The Holiday Inn is close to many other hotels in the area and walking distance to Boulevard Saint-Jean which seems to have everything I needed. Down my stroll of the Boulevard, I started to pass a lot of shops and shopping centers.
The Fairview Pointe-Claire is the big shopping mall you come across which has many name brand shops and French boutiques. I didn’t shop at all this time, but maybe next for some winter attire.
I am always set to get a good meal and I enjoyed an Italian and French one at Scarolie’s. The escargo came in 3 different choices of sauces and I went for the fried eggplant with 3 cheese.
When researching my options, there were many French and Italian restaurants to choose from – such as Restaurant Le Chamblain, Calistoga, and Gigi. Some were close to the waterfront, which would have been a 1 hour walk on foot, but the scenery would have been worth it. Lake St.-Louis lies right on the south end of Pointe-Claire.
Stay tuned – I return to Pointe-Claire in September and will have more information on the waterfront and downtown Montreal!
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