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We are stopping over in Montreal for a night on our way home to Calgary. We arrive at 8pm on Saturday night and leave at 7.15am the next day, is there anyway we can get some sight seeing in while we are there. We will be staying at the Marriot Hotel in the airport. Any suggestion will be helpful, we are a family of five. thank you.

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Well, yes of course -- that gives you enough time to get into town, see a few things, and then get back to your hotel to sleep. The 747 bus is the cheapest way -- it'll cost you $8 each person and will give you a pass that will allow you to get both there and back. A taxi is faster and more comfortable, and a standard taxi will fit up to 4 people -- 3 in the back, one in the front, but you can ask for a mini-cab for the family. If you leave from the airport and go to the downtown limits, it's a fixed fee of $38 (+ tip); otherwise, it's by meter, but it's about the same price more or less.

What to see is the question. At night most tourists attractions are closed, so that leaves wandering around the city or going out to dinner -- perhaps a byob restaurant, and there are liquor stores that are open until 10:00 or 11:00. If that strikes your fancy, let us know what kind of food you like and we'll point you in the right direction.

For areas to explore, Old Montréal is the prettiest with old buildings and such, although in winter it's a lot quieter than in summer. Downtown, the Village, and the Latin Quarter all have more people and more stuff going on, with the western side of downtown being more English, and the eastern side more French. And there's the Plateau neighbourhood which has a fair number of late-night bars and restaurants and cafés to check out (although unless your kids are all over 18, you can't take them into a bar).

Winter is much quieter in terms of festivals and gatherings and such, although up until Sunday there is a series of concerts and other stuff happening called The DNA of a Public Place at Place Émelie-Gamelin, for example -- see http://www.atsa.qc.ca/en/ although I was there last night and wow, someone was singing her heart out but oh so poorly, so who knows if Saturday will be good.

If you wanted to just walk around, I would say hit Old Montréal and then make your way up to downtown -- perhaps using the underground passageways, where you can find things like a piece of the Berlin Wall in the World Trade Centre, for example. You could also do a calèche ride that would give you some history AND you'd have furs to keep you warm.

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I would suggest that you take a cab to Old Montréal (the area is included in the $38 flat rate), more precisely ask for Place Jacques-Cartier.

Tourists or not many of the buildngs around are beautifully lighted every night.

So just walk around, some boutiques will be open until 9 p.m and pick a reataurant while walking. This will surprise Tristou a lot but I will suggest Giorgio for usual North-American / Italian cuisine,as it is family friendly. It is accessed from a coutryard on Saint-Laurent Boulevard, between De-la-Commune and Saint-Paul Streets, west side..

You could also decide to go to another area to have dinner if you are not totally drained and craving by 9h30 p.m.. L'Express is the epitome of a French bistro in North-America and is opened very late and only a short cab ride from Old Mtl. Same area as L'Express, La Fonderie is an all fondue place and the chocolate ones are sure winners for the kids.

Then head back to your airport hotel by cab. It will not be the flat rate then but should come at about the same since you will be out of the rush hours. The only problem then would be ''what do we do with the luggages while visiting Old Mtl?''

Then the best would be to cancel the hotel near the airport and get one in Old Mtl or Downtown.

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Family of five? You may want to rent a car...

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The flat rate has been $40 for a while now, by meter it can cost a fortune if you hit traffic (speaking from experience), so do ask for the flat rate.

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