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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
$23.01 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great tour
Diane is an amazing guide. We loved her! Great as a first activity in the city both to know about the history of the place, and to know your way around during your stay.
Luis_P, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Montreal

star-5
Best way to see old Montreal
Lisa_M, Jul 2022
History Walking Tour of Old Montreal
Stamatia was a great guide. Loved listening to the story of our ancestors. Interesting facts about the architecture. Everything was so clean!
star-5
You gotta do it!!
John_L, May 2022
Guided Scooter Sightseeing Tour in Montreal
Great tour of the City, really knowledgeable tour guides, we had a big group. Our safety was their #1 priority. It was cool tooling around the City in traffic and on trails.
star-4
Entertaining and worth the time
Richard_L, Aug 2022
Montreal City Sightseeing Tour with Live Commentary
Overall this was a hood tour and we saw a lot. I enjoyed the stop and chance to look around notre dame. There was some really nice history shared. My only concern is some of it was wrong….the American colonies were not french in the 1760’s….if they were, the usa fought and defeated the wrong country for independence. I know it must be hard to get the sound right in the motor coach for everyone to hear but it was defeaning.
star-5
Totally worth it
Matthew_L, Aug 2022
History Walking Tour of Old Montreal
This was a great use of time and money. We got very in-depth stories of interesting locations we would have otherwise overlooked. The guides were really experts of the area.
star-5
“This Way” We Love Frank!!
ASHLEE_B, Aug 2022
Old Montreal Ghost Walking Tour
“This Way”……… Franklin aka Frank (Only Call Him Frank When He Says Your His Friend) Was Absolutely Amazing!! He Is Funny, Great Story Teller, Very Animated. We Go On A lot Of Tours & Frank Was By Far The Best Guide We’ve Ever Had. I Would Definitely Recommend This Tour & I Would Request Franklin As Your Guide. Thank You Frank!!
star-5
Great tour
AdamG30, Aug 2022
Explore Old Montreal - Small-Group Walking Tour
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
Omar is the best👌
John_P, Aug 2022
Night on Montreal Tour
Omar was fantastic! Exceeded our expectations. He is a walking and talking history encyclopedia! Very genuine and friendly.
star-5
Vibrant Montreal!
Tayyaba_K, Aug 2022
Montreal City Sightseeing Tour with Live Commentary
The narration by the guide! I learnt some trivia that many would not know. Especially the one about the sculptures named Dialogue.
star-5
Elise was such a joy....
Janine_Z, Aug 2022
Explore Old Montreal - Small-Group Walking Tour
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
Learning some history of...
ROB_B, Aug 2022
Old Montreal Private Walking Tour
Learning some history of Montreal.. Our tour guide was EXCELLENT!!!! —— very knowledgeable, and patient with our group of 6 teens and 7 adults!!! She was able to engage them all (which was no easy task!!)
star-5
Amazing!
Cory_L, Aug 2022
Guided Scooter Sightseeing Tour in Montreal
We have never done a tour like this and we had SUCH a good time! David was a great teacher and our group quickly learned how to ride the scooters. He was a fabulous tour guide taking us through the local neighbourhoods, bagel shop, outdoor market, and up Mont Royal! We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and will be back for the night tour the next time we visit!
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The Best Walking Tour of Montreal!
Kirk_Z, Aug 2022
Half Day Private Tour In Montreal With A Local
Patrick was informative and made fantastic use of our time to show us everything we wanted to see. He has a great sense of humor, and made the day a lot of fun!
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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)
Frequently Asked Questions
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