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Two day agenda for biking and eating in Montreal

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We're pretty familiar with Montreal, but have yet to take advantage of the bixi bike. Actually, we've never biked ever in Montreal and just recently started using the public transportation. Late April or early May we'll stay at the Inn at Old Montreal and would like to take on the city via bike. Looking for advice on a solid two day agenda.

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  1. I think one of the reasons you've yet to get any response is because, well, pretty much anywhere in the centre of the city is accessible by bike. All the usual haunts recommended on this board are within easy biking distance and it would seem to make more sense to pick out where you want to go and structure a bike route based on that.

    There's a good bike lane up Rue Berri that can take you from Old Montreal to the Plateau from where you can hit up places on Duluth, Rachel, Mont-Royal, and St-Denis. The bike path from the Old Port to Atwater Market (and beyond) is really fantastic. You can take that and then take a gander around Atwater Market, have an ice cream at Le Havre Aux Glaces (right next to the market), and/or hit up some of the new spots on Rue Notre-Dame to the east (and a few to the west) of the intersection with Atwater. You can continue west on the bike path to Verdun, where there are some places recommended by CH regulars.

    Sorry I can't be much more help! Have fun!

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    1. re: foodinspace

      there is a little lobster place on bike path in old montreal but I think it opens later; it would be worth your while to pick up some quebec cheeses, pates or other picnic fare and head off to Mont Royal to enjoy the pond (Beaver lake), lookouts if you can bike uphill!

      1. re: mangoannie

        The lobster place is called Muvbox and they are opening May 19th

      2. re: foodinspace

        I love the old port to Marche Atwater ride. Do try the icecream at Havre aux Glaces (If they are open that early). If you decide to have dinner at Joe Beef or its sister restaurent, reserve early.

        If you decide to go to Vedun, check this out:
        http://www.poledesrapides.com/tours_a...

        This route is really fun, but if you only have 2 days to spend in Montreal, I would go to the old port and one of the Markets, Beaver lake, the plateau, and any number of other places. And, if you do come to verdun, Make sure to take the scenic route adjacent to the river. Not a lot to eat there, but there are lovely parks and bike paths.

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        1. starkvt, keep in mind that Bixis are not meant as an all-day rental bike. It's a bicycle-taxi system designed to get you from one place to another. If you use a bike for more than 30 minutes at a time, you start paying extra fees up to $6 per half-hour.

          https://montreal.bixi.com/ride-with-b...

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          1. re: SnackHappy

            I think most places that you would want to go to have bixi stations close by. You can drop the bixi at the closest station, go for icecream, and when you're done, get another bike.

          2. This is all very helpful, many thanks.

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