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Travelling with Pets: Rivière-du-Loup & Montreal

After the long ride from Halifax, my arrival at L’Auberge de la Pointe was a pleasant surprise. What looks to be a roadside motel is actually a complex of pavilions, perched upon a hill overlooking the mighty St. Lawrence river. It was refreshing to check into a somewhat retro establishment. rdl Their Pet-Friendly rooms are limited to specific buildings within this independently operated 4-star seasonal resort. Although our basic “Gaspé” room is nothing to bark home about, the owner has clearly made recent investment to upgrade the other types of rooms and resort amenities: casual dining room & bar, formal dining room, gym, aerobic classes, bike rentals, indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool, spa and convention/party room. The pièce de résistance is the large terrace with million-dollar views where you may enjoy a drink on a lounger by a fire pit. The prix-fixe dinner and hot breakfast combo, available for $55/person, inclusive of gratuities, did not disappoint. lounger Just steps downhill from the Auberge is the shore of the St. Lawrence and a long stretch of tranquil park space. It makes for an idyllic promenade on the beach or a quick dip after a game of fetch.  All in all, this hotel made travelling with pets a breeze. So long, farewell Rivière-du-Loup. On y va, Montreal. Room Rate: $129 in the Gaspé Pavilion Parking: Free, Self Parking only In Room Wifi: Free Pet Policy: All sizes. No pet housekeeping charge. Pet-friendly rooms are located in designated pavilions. Roxie’s Review: 3 paws up out of 5 for the hotel. The location gets 4 paws up out of 5. Montreal From the pastoral south shore of the St. Lawrence to the urban jungle of Montreal, we stayed at the downtown 4-Star Delta Montreal for the last leg of our road trip. The understaffed check-in did not make for a good first impression, resulting in a long wait with many arriving guests unsure as to where to queue up. But walking into our ModeClub room was worth the wait. Modern, clean, spacious and well equipped for business,  pleasure or canine travellers – it came  stocked with two dog bowls. And while I got dog biscuits, my dads were treated to chilled bottled water and desert delivered to our room. The cool thing is there is a motion sensor in the bathroom so a dim light goes on when you approach it. Very handy when I need a drink late at night and lights are out. A ModeClub room grants you priority line for check-in and access to the 24-hr private Club Lounge where breakfast, late afternoon hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary. It is a roof top oasis with views of the city. To work off all the summer holiday  food, my dad swam in the large salt water pool, next to the well equipped gym. There’s even a squash court. pool Green space for me is not as accessible compared to the other hotels but there is a small patch of a park a few blocks away where I got to do downward dog. By the next day, the front desk situation seemed to have resolved itself and I even got some admiring smiles as I sashayed  around the  hotel. The Delta Montreal is centrally located to shops, culture, restaurants and some omg world-famous smoked meat. The best meal my dads said they had throughout our trip turned out to be the cheapest.  Satay Brothers is  an outdoor food stall at the bustling Atwater Market. Even with my sophisticated  palette, Montreal never disappoints. As my holiday comes to a close, I am happy to know that there is no place like home. Room Rate: Club Floor rooms $209 (low season) or $329 (high season) Parking: $29.50/day Valet, $26.50/day Self Parking In Room Wifi: Free Pet Policy: Pets under 50 lbs. Pet housekeeping fee $35/stay. Roxie’s Review: 5 paws up out of 5 for the hotel. Montreal gets 5 paws up out of 5.

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