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Old Port of Montreal (Vieux Port de Montréal) Tours

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Old Port of Montreal (Vieux Port de Montréal)
Once a busy shipping hub, the Old Port of Montreal (Vieux Port de Montréal) is now an entertainment center stretching along the St. Lawrence River. In addition to the promenade, the port is also home to the Montreal Science Centre, La Grande Roue de Montréal, an observation wheel, a boat spa, and seasonal outdoor attractions including an urban beach and an ice rink.

The Basics
Set along the St. Lawrence riverfront, the atmospheric Old Port is one of downtown Montreal’s biggest attractions. There are two main ways to explore: either on land or by water. Bike, quadricycle, and walking tours of the Old Port typically follow routes along the waterfront and through Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal), the historic landmark-packed heart of the city. In summer, sightseeing cruises, Jet Ski tours, and self-guided paddleboat tours depart from the Old Port. Many family-friendly attractions are located in the Old Port, including La Grande Roue de Montréal observation wheel, and aerial obstacle and zipline courses.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Old Port is a must for families. 
  • The Old Port promenade has free Wi-Fi and lots of benches and seating.
  • The promenade at the Old Port is paved and wheelchair-accessible.

How to Get There
The Old Port of Montreal is situated between Old Montreal and the St. Lawrence River. The nearest Metro stations are Champ-de-Mars, Place-d’Armes, and Square-Victoria, all about a 10-minute walk away. 

When to Get There 
Visit in summer for the widest range of activities. The area is busiest on weekend afternoons and evenings; arrive early to beat the crowds. Although it’s quieter in winter, there is still lots to do, including ice skating, riding the observatory wheel, and soaking in the outdoor hot tub at a floating boat spa. 

Montreal Clock Tower
Among the most notable buildings situated along the waterfront is the 148-foot (45-meter) high Montreal Clock Tower, which was built between 1919 and 1922 to mark the entrance to the port and to serve as a memorial to sailors lost at sea. In spring and summer, climb to the top of the tower for spectacular city and river views. 
Address: Montreal, QC, Canada
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26 Tours and Activities to Experience Old Port of Montreal (Vieux Port de Montréal)

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Old Montreal Walking Tour + Notre-Dame Basilica (Small Group)

Old Montreal Walking Tour + Notre-Dame Basilica (Small Group)

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No visit to Montreal is complete without a wander through Old Montreal (Vieux-Montreal), widely considered the best-preserved Old Town in North America. This walking tour takes visitors far from the beaten path and reveals a different side to the historic area, whose highlights include the Old Port and Notre-Dame Cathedral (admission included). Small-group tour limited to 10 people.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.07
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Montreal City Sightseeing Tour with Live Commentary

Montreal City Sightseeing Tour with Live Commentary

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Experience an overview of Montreal on this guided sightseeing tour of the city. Visit many of Montreal’s top attractions and historical sites like Notre-Dame Basilica, Chinatown, Mount Royal Park, Olympic Stadium, Saint Joseph's Oratory, Old Port, and Old Montreal, to name a few. Hop aboard a comfortable motor coach and get to know the largest city in Quebec province, with live commentary from a professional tour conductor. Montreal hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Montreal Zipline Adventure

Montreal Zipline Adventure

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Soar over the Old Port of Montreal on this urban zipline circuit — the first of its kind in Canada. Make your way up an 85-foot-tall tower and holler out a ‘Woohoo!’ as you sail across 1200 feet of zipline. Don’t forget to look down and soak up the spectacular aerial views of Montreal. This 30-minute activity will appeal to thrill seekers and families alike!
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$11.81
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$11.81
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Helicopter Tour Over Montreal

Helicopter Tour Over Montreal

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See Montreal from above on this helicopter tour of the city. During the ride, catch views of the Olympic Stadium, downtown Montreal, Mount Royal, and other sights as you soar at an altitude of 1,500 feet (457 meters). Before taking off, you’ll receive a safety briefing and be able to get comfortable with the aircraft.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$141.04
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4 Hour Montreal Architecture & City Bike Tour with Wine or Beer

4 Hour Montreal Architecture & City Bike Tour with Wine or Beer

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Leave the crowds behind during this half-day Montreal bike tour, covering the city’s top architecture, food, neighborhood life, and history with a local guide. Pick from among two unique tour options, each of which explores a different cross-section of this historic city’s diverse neighborhoods and fascinating culture. Best of all, keep your bike rental for the rest of the day after your tour ends. This bike tour of Montreal also includes a helmet, 21-speed bike, bottled water, one food tasting and a glass of beer or wine in historic Old Montreal.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Old Montreal Private Walking Tour

Old Montreal Private Walking Tour

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See the historical sights of Old Montreal, a.k.a. Vieux-Montréal, on a 2-hour private walking tour. Following a private guide, you'll learn about the city's history, which dates back to 1642, as you visit attractions such as Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, Place d'Armes, and the Old Port of Montreal.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Ultimate Montreal Tour

Ultimate Montreal Tour

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With limited time in Montreal, this small-group half-day tour ensures you don’t miss any of the highlights. Visit Olympic Park and take in the views from the Olympic Tower, enjoy a scenic boat cruise along the St. Lawrence River, and see sights including Notre Dame Basilica, Mount Royal, and the Old Port of Montreal.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$141.31
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Secret Food Tours Montreal w/ Private Tour Option

Secret Food Tours Montreal w/ Private Tour Option

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Montreal is one of Canada’s most exciting foodie destinations with everything from gourmet cuisine to classic French dishes, to tasty street food. On this tasting tour, explore Montreal neighborhoods such as Little Italy and Mile End with a local guide, stopping at bars, restaurants, bakeries, and delicatessens. Along the way, sample a variety of local and European-inspired dishes including gnocchi, Alsatian tarts, and Montreal-style bagels, accompanied by Quebecois beer and sweet crepes.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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Private boat tour on the St-Lawrence river at the old port of Montreal

Private boat tour on the St-Lawrence river at the old port of Montreal

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Explore Montreal from a different perspective by traveling up the St Lawrence River on a private boat tour. You’ll see much more than you would on a large sightseeing cruise boat, as your small boat will be able to get closer to some of the points of attraction, providing a better view. Chill out with friends or family, as this is a private tour just for you and your party.
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  • 1 hour
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Montreal Shore Excursion: Pre- or Post-Cruise Guided Sightseeing Tour of Montreal

Montreal Shore Excursion: Pre- or Post-Cruise Guided Sightseeing Tour of Montreal

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Before or after your cruise, get a comprehensive guided sightseeing tour of Montreal aboard a deluxe coach. Your informative and friendly guide will offer live commentary as you pass by several key attractions in the city and more than 200 points of interest, such as Old Montreal, Notre-Dame Basilica and Mt Royal Park.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Montreal Bike Tour: The Essentials

Montreal Bike Tour: The Essentials

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An extensive network of bike paths makes Montreal the perfect place to explore on bicycle, and this bike tour covers the city center’s most important sites. Pedal through downtown, Old Montreal, and the banks of the St. Lawrence River as a guide shares stories about Montreal history and culture. This bike tour includes all necessary equipment, and it’s an ideal orientation to the heart of the city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Montreal History Guided Sightseeing Cruise

Montreal History Guided Sightseeing Cruise

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Set sail for fun with a guided cruise near Montreal on the scenic St. Lawrence River, enjoying skyline views and learning about city history as you ride. Step on board your ship, the AML Cavalier Maxim, complete with sunny terraces and a glass-enclosed dining area, passing area landmarks including the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, the islands of Boucherville and the scenic shoreline. During your Montreal cruise, hear tales about the city’s founding and role of a legendary French explorer in its settlement.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Montreal Gourmet Dinner Cruise with music

Montreal Gourmet Dinner Cruise with music

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Enjoy delicious cuisine and live entertainment with a view of Montreal and its surrounding islands on this dinner cruise along the Saint Lawrence River. On board the elegant Cavalier Maxim cruise ship, choose from one of three glass-enclosed dining rooms or head to one of the open-air outdoor terraces to admire the view. Dine on a delicious 5-course meal, then dance the night away or simply take in the view of the largest city in Quebec under a moonlit sky.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Old Montreal Food Tour

Old Montreal Food Tour

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On this food-oriented tour, explore Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal) with a local to go beyond the typical tourist haunts. Visit key sights such as Place d’Armes and the Saint Paul Street (Rue Saint-Paul). Enjoy gastronomic delights, from baked goods to poutine, as well as wine and beer pairings.
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  • 3 hours
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30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Montreal

30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Montreal

Flytographer 30 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Montreal and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Montreal, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Montreal

60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Montreal

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Flytographer 60 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Montreal and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Montreal, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 1 hour
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$381.42
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90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Montreal

90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Montreal

Flytographer 90 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Montreal and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Montreal, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$544.88
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120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Montreal

120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Montreal

Flytographer 120 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Montreal and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Montreal, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$708.34
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Old Montreal Tourist Scavenger Hunt

Old Montreal Tourist Scavenger Hunt

Are you visiting Montreal? Do you live here and are looking for a fun way to (re)discover your city? You must try this scavenger hunt to visit old Montreal! It will take you around and through the entire perimeter while throwing challenges your way, giving you some history and offer up some local tips. This 3-hour self-guided walking tour you complete with your smartphone is across 5.5 km / 3.4mi.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.46
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The Old Port Art Walk

The Old Port Art Walk

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Located on the Saint Lawrence River, the history of the old port stretches back to the early 17th century and now has become home to several important Montreal art institutions. Wander the cobblestone streets of the old port with an art insider, and visit a selection of internationally-known foundations, visual art centres, and better-known galleries. See exhibitions by renowned international artists and community-oriented grassroots initiatives. Learn how these locations have come to be, who are the founders and their importance to the Montreal art community at large. Our tours are led by passionate art insiders who enjoy revealing the history of Montreal and its importance as a cultural centre of Canada. Visit the well-known port of Montreal with a fresh view and discover its important art locations. Locations we visit will vary depending on gallery schedules and current exhibitions, but we will visit four to six contemporary art locations, with an introduction to Quebec culture.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$141.83
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Jet Ski Tour on Saint Lawrence River

Jet Ski Tour on Saint Lawrence River

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Explore the Saint Lawrence River on a Jet Ski on this guided sightseeing tour. Starting at the pier in the Old Port of Montreal, follow your guide and ride past top attractions like the biosphere, Saint Helen's Island, and La Ronde, as well as under the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. Plus, enjoy time to ride around on your own.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.37
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Montreal: Book A Local Host

Montreal: Book A Local Host

Your local host will lead you off the tourist trail down a secret network of cobblestoned streets to parts of Montreal your guidebook doesn’t even know about. Learn about the European roots of the city, and discover the unique Québécois food and peculiar shops loved by locals in Plateau and Mile End. Explore markets, where growers, butchers, and fishmongers display their best produce. Relax in the enchanting Mount Royal Park and practice your French as you amble up to one of Montreal’s most popular viewpoints to see the city from above. Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$101.79
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$101.79
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Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Montreal

Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Montreal

This tour will take you through the Mile End area, just north east of downtown Montreal. While here you will truly get a wholesome sense of what sort of gastronomical experience someone living in Montreal would have. It's a very stylish and hip part of town that also has a very young population. Our food tour is strategically placed right in the heart of so many of the primary cultures of Montreal such that you'll be able to eat the best that the city has to offer. Everything is made from fresh local ingredients. We have created a relationship with these local companies which allow for the best in service hospitality. As a private tour, everything works around you! Our start times are much more easy going, dates can open up. It's a much more intimate and cozy experience. No need to shout over other tourists, you will have every question answered, and leave feeling like a native yourself!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$70.68
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Private 4-hour Walking Tour of Montreal with licensed tour guide

Private 4-hour Walking Tour of Montreal with licensed tour guide

Make the best of your visit to Montreal and explore the city most emblematic sites with a local expert. Let your guide indulge you in the secrets that the wonderful city of Montreal holds. Alongside one of our professional tour guides, you will learn the history and stories of Montreal during a 4 hour guided walking tour. You will visit the main sites of Montreal, including the old town, the undergrounds city, place des arts, the old port and much more! Final itinerary is adjustable to your personal interests
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$273.78
Price varies by group size
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$273.78
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