scnupe7, In my experience, the corner of Sainte Catherine and Saint Laurent is not as bad as you might have been made to think. Â Yes, you might get propositioned, and yes, there are transient characters, but there's also a good deal of police patrolling. Â I never felt unsafe. Â There is quite a crowd at night in the summer. Â Go south of there for a stroll in the Chinese/Vietnamese neighborhood. Â Pretty good Pho to be had. About Quebec, if you really have a good deal of time, hop on to Quebec city for a trip down the centuries. Â And I think they have a music festival starting just when the Montreal Jazz festival ends.
Fabienne, that assertion I'm afraid is rather naive. First of all, there is absolutely nothing that you'd want to see on that intersection, except for a Burger King. The only time people (tourists) go there is at night, and usually very late, where they get mugged or whatever. China town and adjacent Asian quarters are fine by day, but at around the locals go inside and it's a totally different ballgame... most of Montreal is very safe but some of it isn't.