Regular joe, I like the Airbnb/sharing spirit.
No RV yet, but frantically looking and preparing the gf mentally.
Will want to go to Vancouver, SF, LA, San Diego, Las Vegas, Miami.
Small 8 feet pop-up trailer tent (for now !). Dreaming of a diesel powered Mercedes RV, to live on the Pacific West Coast.
We hardly knew they were here. They really seemed to enjoy their stay here and were grateful guests.
We drove our roadtrek190 to Montreal and stayed with UrbanSurfer and I must say we had no complaints. The location was a good distance from most highlights and Montreal and was easily accessible by bike. Our host was friendly and made us feel welcome without being intrusive. We made the most of our time in MTL and part of that was thanks to this Boondocker.
This place is a great, and Eric is as kind of a host as we have met since joining this site in 2016. We truly took advantage of the bus/train/bike connectivity to maximize our stay here. Bonus points if you bring a dog!
Finally getting around to a response to this shady, violently behaved character. Didn't get home to Calgary until this past weekend. I hate to have to write a negative reference, but I have no choice, I have to rebut and have to protect my own reputation as a guest.
I start by copying the hosts reference of my stay:
"Disrespectful guests - Disturbed the neighbors, had to call 911 to make sure they leave
The experience of having them over has been negative enough, I don't want to spend a lot of time on this review.
Long story short, I was parked on the street in front of MY driveway, because I was making space for THEM. They had to leave earlier than planned, and instead of writing to me on the site to move my car, or text me, or call me, they START TO RING EVERY NEIGHBOR DOORBELL and disturb everyone !!!!!!
There is simply no acceptable explanation for not calling me, not ringing MY doorbell.
Guests like them don't have that "feel" of being good guests.
Things got worse when I tried to give them feedback on their behaviour, they actually kept cutting me off and completely refused to even let me finish one sentence.
I told them they had to pack up and leave in the next 20 minutes. They continued to show attitude "what are you gonna do if we don't leave ?".
Hence the 911 call." end quote
That way you can judge for yourself what inaccuracies, omissions and lies he is putting out.
Below is my version of events, complete and accurate 100%:
We requested a 2-might stay at this Montreal location, intending to explore the city. Request was granted and we were told that host would not be around, we can park trailer in the driveway and car on the street. So we did, grateful for the opportunity. We left in the car for the rest of the afternoon, returning in the evening, only to find a car parked in front of the driveway that our trailer was in. We milled around a bit deciding what to do, and figured we were just going to park somewhere else on the street for now. Out comes a guy from the same apartment building as the host, and waving his arms excitedly told us he would get his car out of the way. To us it appeared he was merely a visitor at one of the units in the building, temporarily parking where he did and then leaving. In fact he was our host! (Please note that his profile has a completely unrecognizable picture of him, far away and face covered. Makes me wonder why...) But never even introduced himself as such, which is very strange to say the least... Not until the next day we understood he was the host. We settled down for the night, but did not get a moment of sleep, or so it seemed anyway, because of the constant busy street traffic well into the wee hours. Like to throw in too that there were smelly garbage cans, including rotting compost, right in the driveway beside our trailer... However, both these things are not the reason for the negative reference I am leaving, it was next day's events and host behaviour that prompted it.
Because of the sleepless night we decided to request a different location in the city for the next night. Waiting for a response, we went on with our business of exploring the city for the rest of the day. Later we received a confirmation. We went to the host location to pick up the trailer. Upon arriving there we found again a car blocking the driveway and hence our trailer. My wife recognized the car as the same from the previous day. Waited around a bit again, hoping the "visitor" would show up again to move his car. He did not, so we proceeded to ring the doorbell(s) of the two other units in the same building, hoping to locate the car owner. Talked to one neighbor, a university student, but she knew nothing of the car or its owner. Even though we understood that the host was not at home I believe I rang that door bell as well - no response. Then I went to the neighboring building, trying my luck there to find the car owner. Talked to a lady there who recognized the car as belonging to someone in the host's building, and probably the host himself. In the mean time the "mystery visitor" emerged from the host's complex and started telling my wife: "don't ring the neighbor's doorbells, just call or text me". My wife recognized him from the previous day, as the "visitor" with the car parked in front of the driveway. We still did not know he was the host! But when he saw me at the neighbor's building talking to the neighbor lady, he instantly exploded into screaming and shouting, like: "you are upsetting the whole neighborhood by ringing door bells, why don't you call me to tell me you are leaving?" Well, I would have told him a little later that night but did not think it crucial at the time because as far as we knew he was "away", not home. Then my wife calmly trying to explain the situation that we had no clue that the "mystery visitor and car" was in fact the host, and that obviously we needed to find the car owner so we could get our trailer out. He did not listen for a second, instead got completely irate and started yelling at my wife: "be quiet, listen to me", then proceeded with: "get out of here, right now, you have 20 minutes to leave, or I will call the police". I tried myself too, calmly to explain the misunderstanding, but he had no ears at all, just screaming like a madman. He asked me if he should call the police, just to intimidate me. I said you do what you want, no matter to me. All the while we were working hard to get the trailer hooked up to go, the sooner the better, for everyone's sake. My wife was starting to get pretty scared about what this madman might do next. It looked like he was actually calling police, but talking in French I could not make out everything he was saying. I truly wonder what lies he was telling... We did not hesitate for a moment to leave his property, that is all we wanted to do, besides trying to talk sense to him, which proved futile. I tried to calm him down several times, and in the end said thank you for the 1 night stay and on the road we were. No police sirens followed us at any time...
In short, a very unpleasant situation, and it did not have to be that way. There were misunderstandings, but they were a result of the host not identifying himself whatsoever. There was the unpleasant night noise and smell, but what made this truly a very negative experience was the host's behavior, nothing short of shameful....
Very useful, in a very large city. Big grocery store and bus stops just on the corner.
Responsive host, easy to coordinate arrival, max flex. Generous offer of 30 amp power, water and BBQ in backyard. Nice location in Mtl, near prime attractions. Un gros merci.
It was my second time here and once again it was a great place to be in the middle of the city! Thanks again for everything!
I’ve been renewing every day for a couple days more. I found it was a great place in town with all what I needed to be comfortable during my stay. Thanks again for everything !
I was in Montreal helping my son for moving to a new apartment and the heat wave was hitting hard since a whole week. I found this host with a perfect setup for me to be able to get my air conditioning on! Oh my God what a relief! And such a nice host! Thanks for everything!
We were very well received by our helpful host
A nice park to spot. We didn't think it was too noisy and it wasn't a bad bike ride into the city center. He was out of time but very nice though messaging
We stayed 2 nights our host was wonderful. He offered us electric and water also wifi. He stopped by at our request to give us some needed information. Busy street but we didn’t mind. Close to bus and Olympique Park. Thank you so much! Merci!!
We had a fantastic stay. The spot isn’t too far from the metro, which made getting around easy. It was also great to have access to wifi, water, and garbages. We only ended up running into our host on our way out on the third day, they were very kind and enthusiastic. Definitely recommend.
Our hosts were more that helpful, they were a pleasure to meet. We bought a bus pass and got to a few places that way, it was fun. Many thanks to a dream host!
What a treat to find a spot so convenient to getting around Montreal. Easy to the bus and Metro. Per the previous guest: no charge for the first bus trip to the Metro where you can purchase a bus + metro pass. We packed the available space with our 24' rig and were able to use our slide. It was a tight fit no doubt, but worked for us! Water and electricity were easily available and our dogs were thrilled to have some time in the secure backyard. There is definitely some street noise but nothing we found unbearable. We really couldn't have asked for a better experience with the host. He was beyond gracious and helpful with tips for getting around and things to do and see. So happy we made this choice!
We were very fortunate to be able to find his place while looking for a spot for our truck camper for a big competition down the road at the Olympic park. We luckily were able to fit in just right without extending into the sidewalk while also being able to open our back door without hitting the balcony in the back. We drive a Ford F450 dually with a 10'6" Truck Camper - any longer and we may have not fit. Our host was very kind and accommodating. We had an easy electric hook up to use and the bus stop and grocery store were very close walking distance. The street itself is a busy street with occasional trucks and motorcycles zooming down, though it gets a little quieter at night you'll still hear plenty of cars at night.
You have to buy your bus passes at the Metro if you are getting a 3-day or weekend one (or just pay the $3.50 there if you're using it once) but if you tell the driver that you're going to the Metro they will drop you off there at no cost so you can purchase your pass there.
We booked 3 nights though ended up having a shorter stay than we anticipated since our weekend wasn't completely planned rigidly. I'd definitely recommend this spot if you have a smaller unit (20' or under), need electrical and water (and a place to dump some recycling and trash) and if you like having very easy access to public transit.
It is about as close as you can get to the Botanical Gardens in Montreal.
Perfect for our 20’
Eric is a great host and even hooked us up with wifi and electricity.
Our host was very helpful and accommodating, when we met a small emergency.
Good place to stay in Montreal. Host does everything he can to help. Merci!
We had a great stay and a great nights sleep at Urbansurfer’s.
The host responded quickly, was very friendly and accommodating, and gave us some great tips for getting around Montreal.
Great place to park it and venture into the city from.
Very nice stay. I appreciated to be in the city, near bus and subway to commute.
The cars passing by didn’t bother me and traffic was light anyway, especially at night.
Thanks a lot for the spot!
Urbansurfer has a good spot for spending time in Montreal. He is friendly, helpful, interesting and responsive. The spot is very good and we enjoyed three days parking in his drive while exploring the city.
Such a convenient place to stay in the city and a warm welcome by the host, Eric. Thanks for letting us enjoy Montreal.
Had a great stay, it was a pleasure meeting you. Thanks for your wonderful hospitality!
We stayed 3 nights with urbansurfer for a 2 days visit of Montreal. Not the most quiet place, but for our goal an optimal spot to be. Close to public transport and all amenities present (we din’t need) and on top of that a very pleasant host makes your visit to this town worth to do. Eric, thanks for your hospitality and stay dreaming of the Mercedes in the West. Regards to your lovely daughter.
Els & Hans
Thanks again Eric!
We had a great time and will be back!
Ilyse and John
We loved the urban camping experience so much we are going to stay an extra night!
Eric is a wonderful host as he made room for us in his driveway, and provides electric and water.
His home is 1 block from Bus 136 that will take you directly to the green metro line. We took the metro to the St. Laurent stop and started our journey in Chinatown. Bus 55 will take you north to south in the city!
Thanks Eric you rock!
My wife and I had a wonderful experience staying with Urban Surfer. The driveway is plenty large anough for our 24' Sprinter with the rear doors open. The neighborhood is very safe, we kept our doors open (for air) till 10:30pm. And we used Uber to get into the city center to avoid parking challenges which I can strongly suggest. Having the large park and grocery store so close is fantastic. If this spot is available for your visit we highly recommend it. Thanks again Urban Surfer.
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 :)