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Secret Montreal: The Unique Guidebook to Montreal's Hidden Sites, Sounds, and Tastes Paperback – Mar 1 1997

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (March 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550223119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550223118
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 12.6 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 231 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #915,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A neat little soft bound pocket book all of you visitors to Montreal and even local inhabitants may want to read is SECRET MONTREAL. This book was written by Tod Hoffman, photographs by Linda Rutenberg and published by ECW Press. The publishers have informed me that the book may be out dated as it was last published in 1997 and is now in the process of being updated. However, I still found the information, for the most part, relevant and very interesting.
The main objective of the book is to make the traveller to Montréal and even the local inhabitants aware of the many different sites in Montréal that are often neglected. As mentioned in its introduction it will appeal to unique sort of travelers who are really explorers, "those who aren't content to collect exactly the same pile of snapshots taken from exactly the same spot as every other tourist."
Within the first few chapters the author informs us as to how to use the book. It is pointed out that the entries have been organized alphabetically and the table of contents lists all of the secret hideouts and relevant chapters. Once the traveller decides what interests them, he or she can refer to the relevant chapter and find out where the site is located and also have a good idea of why the site is considered to be secret.
For example the first chapter deals with Africa as it is mentioned that Montreal is home to many French-speaking Africans.
We are informed of the many activities related to African culture such as the annual Festival Nuits d'Afrique dedicated to French African culture and music.
Another chapter describes the St. Leonard Caves that is the only cave on the island of Montréal accessible to visitors.
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I found this little guide to be really useful. As a newcomer to the city, it showed me places that I would have never found on my own. It's really the best book to get if you're visiting the city or even if you're a long time Montrealer. As a tourist, you'll see things that you wouldn't have known existed, and as a Montrealer, you'll discover new, enchanting places. This is really a gem of a book.
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By A Customer on Sept. 29 1999
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This book is _not_ for those who are seeing Montreal for the first time. It does offer a few non-touristy ideas but many secrets aren't that unusual, the organization is lazy, and it's tiny at 160pp. The Ulysses Guide for Montreal (with its extensive walking tours) was way more useful to me as a tourist.
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For those of you who are tired of the typical touristy things to do in Montreal, get this book. It gives some really great ideas!
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HASH(0xa1354f00) out of 5 stars Not much bang for the buck. Sept. 29 1999
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Format: Paperback
This book is _not_ for those who are seeing Montreal for the first time. It does offer a few non-touristy ideas but many secrets aren't that unusual, the organization is lazy, and it's tiny at 160pp. The Ulysses Guide for Montreal (with its extensive walking tours) was way more useful to me as a tourist.
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HASH(0xa1357600) out of 5 stars A travel guide that's out of the ordinary Jan. 21 2002
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Format: Paperback
I found this little guide to be really useful. As a newcomer to the city, it showed me places that I would have never found on my own. It's really the best book to get if you're visiting the city or even if you're a long time Montrealer. As a tourist, you'll see things that you wouldn't have known existed, and as a Montrealer, you'll discover new, enchanting places. This is really a gem of a book.
HASH(0xa135757c) out of 5 stars Four Stars Oct. 28 2015
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Not super original but an interesting approach to the city.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1357390) out of 5 stars Great book for off-the-beaten-path things to do. Jan. 6 1999
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For those of you who are tired of the typical touristy things to do in Montreal, get this book. It gives some really great ideas!

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