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Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal)
Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal)

Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal)

Montreal

The Basics

Exploring Old Montreal is the best way to experience the city’s history, culture, and architecture. Myriad group and private tours are designed to introduce visitors to a combination of all three on foot, by bike, by scooter, or even from the air. Most city tours include time in Old Montreal, with tour guides providing context for and explanation of all the Canadian history within its walls. Choose a night tour if you prefer to explore after dark or a food tour to dive into the local food truck and craft beer scenes.

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History Walking Tour of Old Montreal
History Walking Tour of Old Montreal
US$20.70 per adult
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A must do experience !
The tour guide, Sarah, was amazing. She was knowledgeable, fun and very personable. I enjoyed the pace of the tour and Sarah’s depth of knowledge
Bryant_R, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Montreal

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Great way to see Montreal
Chris_K, Oct 2021
Guided Scooter Sightseeing Tour in Montreal
One of the highlights of our stay in Montreal. Scooters were easy to drive and a great way to get around the city. Our guide David was great – ensured our safety and was informative and engaging. We rode through the Mont Royal cemetery to a great lookout location over the city. One of our stops was at an iconic bagel shop. Hopefully, David will be your guide, but tour will be enjoyable no matter what.
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Great way to tour Montreal
Tassy_G, Aug 2021
Guided Scooter Sightseeing Tour in Montreal
David is such a great and patient leader insuring safety and fun at all times Book this tour I promise you won’t regret it
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Worth viewing!
WolfgangProf_D, Oct 2021
History Walking Tour of Old Montreal
Definitively worth viewing! The guide was very competent and the tour has lots to see inside its 90 minutes. Even on a rainy day it was very goog to handle
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Walking old Montreal in...
Patricia_M, Oct 2021
Old Montreal Ghost Walking Tour
Walking old Montreal in the evening, listening to the stories dramatically told by Franklin. He was excellent and I loved that he involved members of our group, two young men. His character was engaging.
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A must do experience !
Bryant_R, Oct 2021
History Walking Tour of Old Montreal
The tour guide, Sarah, was amazing. She was knowledgeable, fun and very personable. I enjoyed the pace of the tour and Sarah’s depth of knowledge
star-5
Best ever private tour experience
ronny_l, Oct 2021
Montreal Private Half Day Tour
We had a complete tour of Montreal with an unbelievable professional guide Mounir from N tours. They are the best. Please ask only them.
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Amazing experience! ...
griffin_r, Oct 2021
Old Montreal Ghost Walking Tour
Amazing experience! Recommend to everyone, not sure why I have to write 100 characters for this but it was amazing! lol.
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History and Architecture
Larry_M, Oct 2021
Old Montreal Private Walking Tour
Caroline was so knowledgeable about Montreal history. It was a great morning. We learned so much in just 2 hours.
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Great Tours!
Sherie_U, Oct 2021
Guided Scooter Sightseeing Tour in Montreal
Worth it doing this tour. David is very nice and professional. We will do this again for sure! Glad we did this.
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Amazing!!
Lauren_F, Oct 2021
History Walking Tour of Old Montreal
I had an incredible experience with Martin on my walking tour! He was so passionate about our learning both the history and the current activity of the area. He ensured we understood our orientation and offered recommendations, as well! I was very interested in it all and loved this!
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MTL Detours was excellent to work with. Knowledgeable and excited tour guide, who also provided extra tips and info.
Steven_F, Sep 2021
Explore Old Montreal - Small Group Walking Tour
The facts about architecture in each period of the city's growth were fascinating. The walking route was easy and interesting as well.
star-5
Lesley is the best.
Walter_R, Sep 2021
Explore Old Montreal - Small Group Walking Tour
Lesley was amazing. Learned this only a native Montrealer could reveal. I would do another longer tour with her.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Walking tours are a great way to experience Old Montreal, as the best way to get around this old part of the city is on foot.

  • Old Montreal is known for its quaint sidewalk eateries and café culture, so be sure to take the time to enjoy one.

  • Be sure to wear appropriate footwear for the cobblestone streets.

  • Private tours often also visit nearby Mont Royal.

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How to Get There

Old Montreal is bound by Rue Bern to the west, Rue Saint-Antoine to the north, Rue McGill in the east, and Old Port and the St. Lawrence River to the south. The area is easily accessible from downtown via the Underground City, and is also served by several bus routes and Metro stations.

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When to Get There

Montreal draws many visitors year-round. Summer typically brings the best weather, the biggest festivals, and the most tourists. But the city is charming in winter as well, and Old Montreal becomes even more scenic and romantic after fresh snowfall.

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Highlights of Old Montreal

The historic area’s pulsating center is Place Jacques-Cartier. From here, its center promenade slopes down from Rue Notre-Dame to the Old Port, lined with 18th-century stone buildings. At the base of the plaza are horse-drawn carriages, outdoor cafés, art galleries, and street performers. Nearby, you’ll find the Bonsecours Market, the oldest and largest public market in the city, and the stone Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel. West of Place Jacques-Cartier is the beautiful Place d’Armes, dominated by the Notre-Dame Basilica. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Archaeology and History are also worth visiting.

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Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal)