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Montreal Place d'Armes Tours

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Montreal Place d'Armes
Montreal's Place d’Armes, meaning parade square, is a major public venue in Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal). The picturesque plaza is bordered by some of Montreal’s most notable architectural landmarks, including the 17th-century Saint-Sulpice Seminary, the Gothic Revival-style Notre-Dame Basilica, and the art deco Aldred Building.
 
The Basics
Many Montreal walking, biking, and sightseeing coach tours come to Place d’Armes so visitors can see the historic structures that surround the square. Most walking tours of Old Montreal follow routes that incorporate Place d’Armes and other historic attractions in the area, such as the Old Port, Place Jacques-Cartier, Ramezay Castle (Chateau Ramezay), and Bonsecours Market.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Place d’Armes is a must-visit for architecture fans, with many landmark buildings from different eras lining the square.
  • Bring a camera: The square offers some of the finest views of Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica.
  • Wheelchair users can access the square via the Place-d’Armes Metro station. The square’s main attraction, Notre-Dame Basilica, is also wheelchair accessible.
 
How to Get There
To get to Place d’Armes, take the Metro Orange Line to the Place-d’Armes station. The square is just a 5-minute walk from the waterfront Old Port.
 
When to Get There
Visit in summer or fall, when it’s warm enough to linger and take some time to admire the surrounding sights. The square is also appealing at night when the facade of the basilica is strategically lit, highlighting its exterior architectural features. On select nights, the basilica hosts an interior light show, which use lighting design and sound to showcase the beauty of the basilica’s artwork and interior decoration.
 
Place d’Armes Architecture
Next to the basilica is the Saint-Sulpice Seminary. Built in 1687 by Catholic Sulpicians, Saint-Sulpice Seminary is the second-oldest building in Montreal. On another side of the square sits the red sandstone 8-story New York Life Insurance Building—built in the late 1880s and considered to be Montreal’s first skyscraper—and the Aldred Building, a 23-story 1931 art deco gem that bears a strong resemblance to the Empire State Building in New York.
Address: Montréal, QC H2Y, Canada
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9 Tours and Activities to Experience Montreal Place d'Armes

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History Walking Tour of Old Montreal

History Walking Tour of Old Montreal

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Visit Montreal’s historic centerpiece on this guided walking tour of Old Montreal. Discover the history, heritage, architecture and culture in this, the oldest area of the city of Montreal, dating back to New France. Choose between a shorter tour around either the east or west sides of Old Montreal or a longer tour around both. See famous sites such as Notre-Dame Basilica, Place Jacques-Cartier, Bonsecours Market, Montreal City Hall and Champ de Mars, to name a few.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Beyond the Basilica a Walking Tour in Montreal

Beyond the Basilica a Walking Tour in Montreal

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Travel from historic Old Montreal to the borough of Plateau Mont-Royal on this walking tour of the city. Visit the ornately decorated Basilica then wander the streets of Vieux-Montréal while learning about the city’s history and checking out its street art. Plus, make stops in the entertainment district and Chinatown.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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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
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Montreal Bike Tour with Bites

Montreal Bike Tour with Bites

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Discover downtown Montreal’s top attractions and taste the city’s best street food on this guided bike tour. Pedal (and walk) around Quebec’s largest city, exploring such landmark locations as the Old Port, the mythical Place d’Armes, the stunning squares of the central business district, and much more. Along the way, stop at some of the city’s best eateries and sample various foods while learning about Montreal’s history, architecture, and public art. Bike rental and equipment included. At the end of your adventure, relax and enjoy a drink in historic old Montreal.
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  • 5 hours
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Old Montreal History Walking Tour

Old Montreal History Walking Tour

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Visit Montreal’s historic centerpiece on this guided walking tour of Old Montreal. Discover the history, heritage, architecture, and culture in this, the oldest area of the city of Montreal, dating back to New France. Explore the public squares of Place Jacques-Cartier, Place d’Armes, and Place Royale. Roam the historic streets of Saint-Jacques, Saint Paul, Notre-Dame, and Rue de la Commune, then stroll along the river banks of the Old Port of Montreal. See famous sites such as Notre-Dame Basilica, Pointe-à-Callière, and many more.
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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
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Electric-Bike PRIVATE tour - Fantastic views by the waterside

Electric-Bike PRIVATE tour - Fantastic views by the waterside

3-Hour Private E-Bike Tour: Explore Downtown, Old-Mtl & Old-Port, Expo 67 Islands, Lachine Canal, Village & Latin Quarter Head south through Downtown Area, the Entertainment District which welcomes in summer our famous outdoor festivals up to the Old-Montreal. Bike along the Lachine Canal and the St. Lawrence River and discover the Expo 67 Islands. A journey to understand the historic importance of these places for the Montreal skyline, while having fun cycling on bike paths by the water. Coming back to the E-bike rental shop, doing a loop, we will have the chance to have a glance at the colorful Montreal gay village and the cultural latin quarter. This tour offers great views of the city, the opportunity to have a close look to some architectural icons and some nice breeze while riding by the water and bridges! With the electric assisted bike, everything is so nice and easy! You won't fear any slope! :)
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  • 3 hours
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I offer a private, customised made to measure tour and experience of Old Montreal. Should you wish to include the Notre Dame Basilica and not wait in line you can add 10.00$( 2020 rate) per person or pay on site with me. If you enter with me you will not have to wait in line and I will guide you. The Basilica closes at 16h00 . On Sunday only open after 13h00. A must , must see .
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  • 3 hours
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Old Montréal VIP Semi-Private Walking Tour

Old Montréal VIP Semi-Private Walking Tour

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With its historic streets and grand monuments, Old Montréal is one of the city’s most atmospheric districts. This small-group walking tour is limited to just six people, ensuring a personalized experience and the undivided attention of your guide. Admire landmarks such as Place d’Armes, Place Jacques-Cartier, and Place Royale; pay a visit to the magnificent Notre-Dame basilica; and stop for refreshments (included) along the way.
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  • 2 hours
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