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Montreal with elderly parents

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Montreal with elderly parents

I will be visiting North Americ next June for the first time and will be travelling on an organised tour for 17 days with my husband and mother aged 81 and father aged 83.They have never been outside of England before so this is a huge experience for them.

We fly from London to Montreal on 30.05.06 and will have half a day free on 31st when we have time to do what we want.Part of our tour is a city tour and on 1st we have a day in Quebec,so if anyone has suggestions of other things,I would be pleased to hear them.

My parents can walk for about 1 km with rests en route and are ok with 'some' stairs if we are there to help.Ideally I would like to keep walking to a minimum.

We will be staying at Best Western Ville-Marie and any feedback on this such as location standards etc would be appreciated.

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1. Re: Montreal with elderly parents

Congratulations for taking your parents on a trip.

North America seems a bit ambitious given the constraints you describe. Bus from Qc City to Montreal is about a 3 hrs drive.

Old Quebec City has some hills, but there is a funicular which will take you to lower Old Quebec City without the need to use the stairs.

As for Montreal, Old Montreal is lower (small hill) than downtown, so you will definitely need a cab to get there with them. One thing that you could consider is using wheelchairs. I find that generally, public and commercial buildings are generally more wheelchair friendlyl than in Europe.

As for the hotel, I don't know it.

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2. Re: Montreal with elderly parents

Just to clarify,our day in Quebec is part of our escorted tour,so we just have a half day to fill in Montreal. Thanks for your points

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Sorry,also clarifying that it is May 30th we arrive as I have ben told that the way dates are written in Canada is different to uk,so just to avoid any confusion.

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You will not see much in half a day. Would you visit London in half a day? I'm afraid that this sort of trip will be tough on your parents. I hope that they are in shape!

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5. Re: Montreal with elderly parents

Your date comment is probably less of an issue in Quebec because we are more "metric" than the rest of Canada.

For example 30.05.06 means to me 30th of May 2006 (or May 30 for our anglophone friends).

Generally, Canada uses the metric system since 1976, but it is not accepted, especially by older people. In Western Canada, my impression is that they tend to reject it even more because they don't like the Prime Minister who had Canada adopt the metric system (Trudeau) and because it is viewed as a "French" system.

ps: Jak: I feel like I'm you with these extra explanations.

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Annie, you are always very adventurous! You plan some of the most intricate trips that I have ever read. Its fantastic that your parents will do all that travelling. Good for them. Montreal, Toronto, Banff, Kamloops and then Vancouver, wow!

Your planning in advance will surely help. Have a great time.

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I would assume that the included tour of Montreal would probably include Old Montreal and Mount Royal so i would maybe visit Ste. Catherine's St. which is the main downtown street or go to Lafontaine Park. On Sherbrooke St., or take the Metro and visit the funicular at Olympic Stadium.

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quoting ............ ORNI:

"ps: Jak: I feel like I'm you with these extra explanations".

Thats very good orni, like I said b4, "Obscuru s fio", i.e., it's when I am struggling to be brief that I become unintelligible,

So, you are getting there and doing well, keep up the good work and you'll succeed. LOL.

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Thanks everyone.I take on board alll you tell me.

Yes I am adventurous,but my parents have chosen Canada as their perfect destination and I am trying to make their latter years as happy and memorable for them as possible.My Mother was seriously ill last year and spent 4 months in hospital and has made a remarkable recovery,so with her consultants approval and advice we are coming to Canada .Luckily we will be on an organised tour right from our front door here in England and I am trying to be organised for the few free days that we do have.

It is a pleasure to bring them and they are very excited so if I make their memories more special and worthwhile,then it's all worth it.They celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary at the same time.

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10. Re: Montreal with elderly parents

BRAVO annie11

You are a wonderful person. I am impressed by your good feelings that you have for your parents. I wish if all people are like you then this whole world would be a different place.

For those who believe in God, there is no better reward for a person than serving your parents. Especially when they are old and weak and are dependent. We must never forget that they took such good care of us while we were children and were totally dependent on them. Now its our turn to pay back - which most people don't - if we can, there is nothing like it. Its hard to find people like you these days.

I am really, really impressed by your great gesture that you are not only taking care of them but you are also taking them out with you on such a long trip. I am moved when you wrote this: "I am trying to make their latter years as happy and memorable for them as possible."

If you need any help from me, I volunteer my services for FREE to take you guys out and show around the City of Montreal in my car by mutual arrangement at a time convenient for both of us. Here is my email address:

replysoon@hotmail.com