Perfect urban boondock location. I am pleased to share my front driveway and park on the street. Electricity (15 amps) and water available. 2 different buses direct to subway at the corner. Bixi station at the corner. Grey water can be dumped. Kids welcome. Dogs welcome. Cats stay in the RV. I also share the backyard if I don't need it. You can dump garbage and recycling in the big bins (green is recycling).
Past guests suggest earplugs if you are a light sleeper, my street is quite busy.
The rest is just basic : be nice :-)
Very busy street. You'll need to park front end first to fit under the front deck. A bit of a challenge to back out, you'll need to ease out slowly and cut traffic. It's feasable, I often back up a trailer with my SUV, you just have to ignore the impatient drivers :-) Spot is 25 feet full height with a few more under the front deck, 12 feet wide. Slide-out allowed if it fits !
Best to drive in from the South, much easier to turn in.
Yes but a bit complicated : my street has a 3 hour no parking on each side, in rush hour flow.
You'd have to park 1-2 streets away. Feasable but not ideal.
Spot should be available all summer, unless I need to do renovations and need constant access to the garage.
I can also have guests in the winter.
Montréal has EVERYTHING !!
Spot is located a few feet from buses #136 and #18. Bixi (shared bicycles) station at the corner.
This spot is the best home base to discover the city by public transit.
Close to Parc Maisonneuve.
Montréal public pools are free, so long warm showers available there.
Ultramar gas station / convenience store 24/7 at the corner. Grocery (IGA) by foot 2 Streets away.
STM public transit (Bus / Subway). Get your tickets/passes either :
- At convenience store 1km away by foot, Depan-Express 5355 Rue Bélanger, Montréal, QC H1T 1E4.
- Pay cash to hop on the bus at the corner, 3,25$ exact change needed.
- At the Viau subway station.
Things to see in Montréal :
Go eat a "poutine" at La Banquise.
Chalet on top of Mont Royal.
1000 La Gauchetière, indoor skating.
Place Ville-Marie building.
Go eat at Tampopo.
4 university campuses to visit : Concordia, McGill and UQAM downtown. Polytechnique on the mountain.
In the summer, go see the river surf behind Habitat 67.
Summer outdoor electronic music : Piknic Electronik.
Winter outdoor electronic music : Igloofest.
Ski until approximately May 15th every year, at Mont St-Sauveur, a 50-60 min drive.
UrbanSurfer was super helpful before and after we arrived, he wasn't going to be around when we arrived but sent us through all the info we'd need to get there as well as wifi etc.
He was heading off the next morning but spent some time the evening before having a chat and letting us use his compressor to check our tire pressure.
Overall a great host, would definitely stay again!
This was our fifth trip to Montreal with the camper, and our first boondocking experience. Eric was a fantastic host, allowing us to connect to electricity while parked and offering water and wi-fi. He cleared his driveway to allow us to remain safely parked and off the street, which was unexpected. He is in a great location, and with easy access to the Montreal bus system, park down the street and a great Couche Tard gas station/ convenience store on the next block with good coffee, an ATM and a spotless bathroom (just in case). We never ran into Eric after our arrival day, but he was very helpful and enthusiastic and friendly. Great spot!
Eric (UrbanSurfer) gave us his front yard at his Duplex in Mtl, and we stayed there for 3 nights. We have a 26' truck & camper with a slide, and we fit in perfectly to the space.
The street noise did not bother us at all - with all the walking and climbing (Mont Royal), we slept like babies. We plugged into Eric's hydro, and enjoyed his lovely back yard where we had our morning coffee.
Eric was very interested in our activities, and gave us input as to what to see and do. We were only a short walk to the bus station at the corner of Beaubien and Viau, which took us straight to the Metro. About an hour from downtown. We would just pack a backpack, and leave for the day. It was a perfect arrangement, and no one worried if we arrived at all hours of the day or night.
Bixi Bikes were also situated close by, so that is another mode of transportation that works well there.
All in all, it was our first try at Boondocking, but certainly not our last! We had a most enjoyable visit with him. Thank you!
Eric is a very good host and we enjoyed 2 nights at Montreal very much! Thank you!
Eric was so friendly and made us feel very comfortable to be doing our first boondockers welcome stay. He responded within a few hours to our request and welcomed us with two beers in the snow as the first guests of the year. He recommended the best place to go for poutine and we were very happy with our stay :)
Actually never got to meet this wonderful host, but feel like I got to know him. Very communicative, helpful, easy and kind. While in the city I left my van parked in this host's driveway about 5 days and it was easy to get to, safe and a short walk to the metro. Highly recommend, total 5 stars!
Thank you bunches and hope to meet one day. Take care always and until then,
Urbansurfer was very welcoming and helpful in all our interactions. The street is busy but seemed much less so in the evening. We found getting in and out of his driveway in our high roof,extended Fird Transit cargo van to be much easier we expected. Public transportation is really close for adventuring into other areas of MTL.
I stayed in Urbansurfer's driveway for 4 nights in June, and was very pleased. I was coming in late every night (quietly) and sleeping late in the morning, but I was still able to sleep thru the 8am rush hour traffic noise.
Great location. I had a bicycle, so I didn't need to use public transport... but it was definitely close by.
We stayed for a while in front of Urbansurfer's house and our visit of Montreal was super !
The place is great to go in downtown by buses. The road may be a little bit noisy by the beggining of evening but is not awful at night. This is a huge city !
He is a very attentionned host, kind and open minded. He did everything to make us comfortable.
Laurent & Adeline
He welcomed us in front of his door. We had a nice talk together and he showed us many things to do and see in the city.
A lovely stay with water and electricity.
The location is very well situated for those that want to venture into Montreal. You easily can use the bus.
Thank you for having us.
We were greeted with a couple of beers cooling in the snow, if that doesn't set you up for a good boondock experience I don't know what will! (Even though we don't drink it was the gesture that counted).
Considering this was Urbansurfers first time as a boondocking host he was impeccable. His recommendations were spot on and he very kindly let us hook up to his electric to keep us 'winter warriors' toasty.
The city of Montreal has so much to offer and the location of this spot could not be better! The transport system around the city was very easy to use and pretty much on the doorstep.
Being on a busy road if you are a light sleeper I would reccomend earplugs but if you're seeing the city right you'll be so knackered that sleeping won't be a problem!
Thank you so much for having us... We hope to return the favour one day :)