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car rental in Canada


There is a good chance I'll be in Montreal at the end of August. I've been there a few times before when my sister and her family lived there (so I just bummed rides w/ them). This time I'll be visiting my beau who will be there for simulator training for his job w/ Northwest. Neither of us speak French and we're both pretty darn American. I was hoping while I was there that we could rent a car. Will I have any problem renting a car in Canada w/ an American drivers license? Are there any extra hurdles or stipulations I'll have to consider?

I appreciate any wisdom or tidbits you can pass along. And any tips about where to go and what to see would be rad, too!
Aug 17, 2007 @ 12:25 pm

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Ali de Bold


I doubt it will be a problem as long as you are 25 years old. In Canada you typically have to be 25 to rent a car.

Try Enterprise Rent a Car http://www.enterpriserentacar.ca

Buget is quite good too:

I find it is best if you shop around a little as prices vary from dealership to dealership. They do speak English in Montreal in most places. It's an amazing city! Enjoy!!
Aug 17, 2007 @ 12:29 pm


I have always been a big fan of Enterprise Car rentals as they will pick you up and bring you to the car rental place. I have always had good experiences with their cars and their prices are very competitive. They will let you rent if you are younger than 25 but at an extra cost. I used to rent cars from them all the time back in the day before I had my own car...
Aug 19, 2007 @ 05:20 pm

singing the tranny blues

Thanks ladies!

I decided not to rent a car after all. I made it to Montreal (another story), which is good. However, last week, before I left home, I took my car in for a curious noise. Turns out I need a whole new transmission!! OUCH! So w/ that, I need to save up some Benjamins -- no more quasi-frivolous spending. Anyway, its just as well. Where my honey is staying is right in the heart of Montreal so parking is really hard to find.

My trip to Montreal was a roller coaster. My honey works for Northwest, so I flew non-rev (standby). My first flight was oversold. So they *squeezed* me onto a later flight, from San Francisco to Detroit. My flight from Detroit to Montreal had plenty of room for me, but as we neared Montreal, the airport closed due to some bad thunderstorms. We stayed in a holding pattern, in some super bumpy air, then had to divert to Manchester, NH, to refuel. THEN we made a break for Montreal and made it. My travels from Detroit to Montreal were longer than from San Francisco to Detroit! :-o

But I'm here ... in the land of ChickAdvisor! :-)
Aug 31, 2007 @ 08:32 am
Ali de Bold

That's Crazy!!

So glad you're there safe! Have a great trip!!
Sep 02, 2007 @ 01:03 am


I would like to have a word or two with you.
Sep 28, 2007 @ 01:27 pm


would like to talk to you.
Sep 28, 2007 @ 01:40 pm

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