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Explore Old Montreal - Small-Group Walking Tour

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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

If you’re not familiar with Quebec’s past, it can be difficult to fully appreciate the historical and cultural significance of Old Montreal. Gain a deeper understanding of local history and culture, and take the hassle out of finding your way around the labyrinthine cobbled streets on this small-group walking tour.
  • Skip the stress of navigating Old Montreal’s non-grid streets
  • A maximum of ten participants ensures an intimate experience
  • Get restaurant recommendations and tips on must-dos from your guide
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Local certified guide
Small group = only a maximum of 10 people
A personal list of recommendations of things to do in Montreal curated by MTL Detours founder Lesley
A tiny treat and a small parting gift :-)
A tip/gratuity for your guide is customary and is very appreciated!
507 Pl. d'Armes , 507 Pl. d'Armes, Montréal, QC H2Y 2W8, Canada

Meeting spot is on the edge of the Place d'Armes public square, which is in front of the Notre-Dame Basilica. Look for the entrance that says "Edifice Aldred" - it's at the base of the tall red/orange stone building with the clock on top. Please arrive 10 minutes in advance, tour begins on time.

Bonsecours Market , 350 Rue Saint-Paul E, Montréal, QC H2Y 1H2, Canada

Tour will end in the vicinity of Place Jacques-Cartier square and Bonsecours Market.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Tour operates rain or shine and is mostly outside. Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
  • This visit is in English.
  • Mid-November to April: Please see my "Winter Charms of Old Montreal" tour
  • This tour is owned and operated by MTL Detours Walking Tours
  • Minimum age to attend is 12 yrs old. Please contact for younger children.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Not recommended for travelers with challenging mobility restrictions due to varied terrain (cobblestones, stairs) and length of tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
  • OPERATED BY MTL Detours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the social distancing policy during Explore Old Montreal - Small-Group Walking Tour ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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star-5
Perfect intro to a fascinating city and story
Don_E
, Aug 2022
Leslie is a fantastic teacher and guide! Lots of fun wandering old town Montreal and learning about what to do next. This tour was of super high-value to us and we recommend it.
star-5
Lesley is a wonderful guide!
Misun_K
, Aug 2022
Lesley was wonderful! She’s a montreal native with deep family roots and was excited to share the city with us. Gave us lots of information and ample time to take in the sights. We had a great time!
star-5
Intro to Old Town Montreal
vicki
, Aug 2022
We loved the small group tour with Lesley. She was very knowledgeable, friendly, kept a good pace and gave us a wonderful orientation to Montreal as well as recommendations for further activities.
star-5
Put this on your Montreal Bucket list
John_G
, Aug 2022
We loved our tour of old Montreal. Our guide was knowledgeable and an excellent communicator. Also, her company was a pleasure! A really wonderful experience.
star-5
Elise was such a joy....
Janine_Z
, Aug 2022
Elise was such a joy. Extremely knowledgeable and personable. She also had a very contagious laugh :) The walking tour itself was not too exhausting and at a manageable pace.
star-5
Must do tour of Montreal!
Sara_A
, Aug 2022
Lesley was a great tour guide. She shared a ton of information about Montreal and Quebec and added some of her personal experiences.
star-5
Great tour
AdamG30
, Aug 2022
Lesley was incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the tour which was infectious and was a great tour of old Montreal. Added to it the list of recommendations we had an amazing time
star-5
I enjoyed learning about...
Natalie_W
, Aug 2022
I enjoyed learning about the place d’armes and the statues. And our tour guide was wonderful! Thank you.
star-5
MUST DO IN MONTREAL
Daniel_B
, Aug 2022
I highly can recommend booking the tour with Lesley. She is a real local, and thus you can trust her advice regarding restaurants and bars. Also, her knowledge of the city´s history is entertaining, and you can learn a lot from her.
star-5
Excellent old Montreal tour
Mahsa_G
, Aug 2022
This is a wonderful introductory tour of old Montreal. Elise was very sweet and knowledgeable. She was careful to keep us out of the Sun when she would explain information. I highly recommend this tour when you start your Montreal trip.
star-5
Great intro to Montreal
Jay_S
, Aug 2022
Our first morning in Montreal and Lesley gave us an outstanding overview of the city, the history, the culture, the arts and the food. She kept the tour moving at a good pace, with stops in the shade and occasional spots to sit while she shared a story or an insight into things to see and do beyond the tour. Highly recommend!
star-5
Well worth the 2 hours and fee. Amazing tour.
Ellen_B
, Aug 2022
Amelia was our guide and she was fantastic. Energetic, knowledgeable, and fun!! She filled our tour with facts about Montreal we would probably never would have uncovered. Highly recommend the tour and Amelie!!
star-5
Awesome Tour!
andrew_a
, Jul 2022
Amelie was a lovely guide who made the history of this beautiful city come to life. We felt very connected to the city and enjoyed getting to know a little bit about what makes it so great. Merci beaucoup!
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Fantastic tour
Nalina_P
, Jul 2022
We did the walking tour of old Montreal with Lesley. Lesley is an outstanding guide. We have done many tours in the past and Lesley’s was the best. She has a great personality and is extremely knowledgeable. We learned so much in the 2 hours we were with her. Highly recommend this tour. You should start your visit to Montreal with her tour as it will help you explore and enjoy Montreal with all of the information she provides.We loved the special treats she gave us at the end of the tour.
star-5
One of the most informative walking tours ever
Mary_G
, Jul 2022
Lesley is a born and raised Montreal citizen, and a true fount of history, people, cultures, stories - and humor! She expertly guided us through Old Montreal, pointing out the depth of history at that point, how things have evolved over the centuries, the characters involved, and even a speak easy! The time just evaporated and there's so much more we could learn from her. She even provided a list of things to include in a visit to Montreal (so we have to come back!) Really admire this gifted personable woman and her knowledge.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
The inside scoop on Montreal!
Lynn_M
, Jul 2022
Amelie is a skillful tour guide! She gave us the inside story of Montreal and was very personal starting by having everyone give their name and where they were from. It was a lovely tour made extra special by a super nice person!
star-5
Awesome tour! Lesley is...
Denis_T
, Jul 2022
Awesome tour! Lesley is very knowledgeable and entertaining, we all had a wonderful time. Would recommend to anyone who is visiting Montreal
star-5
Awesome walking tour of Old Montreal
Mary_T
, Jul 2022
My husband, 13 year old granddaughter and I took the Exploring Old Montreal tour with Lesley as our guide. Lesley was one of the best tour guides I have ever encountered. She weaved a wonderful story about the city that was very engaging and even kept a 13 year old’s interest for two hours. She even gave us gifts of candy and postcards at the end of the tour.
star-5
Excellent tour
Catherine_R
, Jul 2022
Lesley is an excellent guide. Not only did she tell us the history of Montreal but also gave really useful tips on restaurants, shops and other things to do in Montreal. I would highly recommend.
star-5
Exceptional tour!
Yuliya_S
, Jul 2022
Excellent tour with Leslie! She is energetic, knowledgeable and inspiring tour guide! A lot of information about Montréal’s past and present, fun and interesting facts, great advice and personal touch! My sister and I had a great time!

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