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History Walking Tour of Old Montreal

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Overview

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.
  • Walking tour of Old Montreal with a knowledgeable local guide
  • See Notre-Dame Basilica, City Hall, Bonsecours Market and more
  • Hear stories and facts about the city's rich history, culture and architecture
  • Choose from three different itineraries to suit your preferences

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Get an overview of Old Montreal on a walking tour of some of the city's top sights.
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Departure Point

Rue Notre Dame O & Pl. d'Armes, Montréal, QC H2Y 2W2, Canada

Meet at the southwest corner of Place d'Armes (intersection of Notre-Dame West and Place d'Armes, located near the benches underneath the trees, across the statue of the man carrying a small dog).

Return Details

Bonsecours Market St, Montreal, QC H2Y, Canada

Old Montréal East ends near Bonsecours Market

Return Details

350 Pl. Royale, Montréal, QC H2Y 3Y5, Canada

Old Montréal West ends near Pointe-à-Callière Museum

Choose to explore the east or west side of Old Montreal on a short tour, or select both the east and west sides on an extended adventure.

Meet the guide and the rest of the tour group near the famous Notre-Dame Basilica, at the southwest corner of the Place d'Armes,, to begin this walking tour of Old Montreal, the historic centerpiece of this largest city in Quebec.

Notre-Dame Basilica is widely recognized as one of the most impressive landmarks in the world. It’s one of the crown jewels in Quebec's rich religious heritage and a focal point in Montreal’s history. In fact, the original stained-glass windows here paint a story of Montréal’s religious history.

Moving along, learn about this city’s rich history, French heritage, architecture and culture while roaming the maze of narrow streets. Visit some of Old Montreal’s public squares, like Place d’Armes, Place Royale and Place Jacques-Cartier, witnessing the monuments and works of art on display there. 

Other points of interest include the 5-story Montreal City Hall; Champ de Mars, a public park that used to be the site of Montreal’s city walls; the former “Wall Street” of Canada, St-Jacques Street; and no visit to Old Montreal is complete without a picture of the Sulpician Seminary, the oldest building of the historic district.

The tour concludes at Bonsecours Market, a 2-story, domed public market which has served as Montreal's main public market for more than 100 years.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Old Montreal
Your tour will be spent exploring the sights and attractions of Old Montreal
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Notre-Dame Basilica
Meet your guide near Notre-Dame Basilica to begin your walking tour of Old Montreal, the city's historic heart. Admire the masterful Gothic Revival architecture of this basilica (the tour does not go inside the church).
Pass By:  
Place d'Armes
You'll learn about this amazing city's rich history, French heritage and bustling culture as you roam the streets and visit top Montreal attractions such as Place d'Armes and the Royal Bank
Pass By:  
Place Jacques-Cartier
See the famous plaza and near by St. Jacques street, the "Wall Street" of Canada
Pass By:  
City Hall
See the beautiful Montreal City Hall
Pass By:  
Rue St-Paul
Stroll down St Paul Street, one of the most picturesque street's in Montreal
Pass By:  
Bonsecours Market (Marche Bonsecours)
Don't miss Bonsecours Market, which has served as Montreal's main public market for more than 100 years!
Pass By:  
Champ-de-Mars
Explore Champ de Mars, a public park that was once the site of Montreal's city walls
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • This tour operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • This tour operates year-round
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Our scheduled Old Montreal Walking Tours will depart only when the minimum of two participants will have booked the visit. You will then have the option to reschedule your tour at no additional cost or we will issue a full refund.We will notify you the day before the date of your visit at 4 P.M. should your visit be canceled. 
  • When doing both East & West tours on the same day, please note that the first tour starts at 11:00 a.m. and the second one at 1:30 p.m. You will have a 1-hour break in between both tours and you will end at 3:00 p.m.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Guidatour
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 good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during History Walking Tour of Old Montreal?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by History Walking Tour of Old Montreal.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during History Walking Tour of Old Montreal?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by History Walking Tour of Old Montreal.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Well worth it and the walk is at a reasonable pace, so most people should be able to take this tour." See review
  • "I would highly recommend for friends and family to explore this beautiful city using the tour service." See review

Reviews

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1,081 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
We loved our tour guide!...
Kara_B
, Dec 2021
We loved our tour guide! He did a great job blending the history of the city with the modern day, and was so knowledgeable to answer all of our questions
star-5
Jean Michel is an...
Lisa_K
, Dec 2021
Jean Michel is an excellent tour guide. He has a very warm and engaging personality. He kept us moving and interested through a very chilly day! I would highly recommend it!
star-5
Great tour
Deepak_K
, Nov 2021
Excellent tour. Loved our guide. The day was quite windy. But the guide kept us engaged with good stories about Montréal history. She's really done a lot of research and quite charming.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
We are delighted to hear that your guide kept you engaged with good stories. Thank you for your 5-star review, we appreciate it!
star-5
Perfect way to spend a few hours in Old Montreal
Andrea_G
, Nov 2021
This was a wonderful tour! Our guide, Catherine, was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable! I highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Bonjour Andrea, Thank you for highly recommending our tour, we really appreciate it!
star-5
Great historic tour!
Susannah_R
, Nov 2021
We really enjoyed this walking tour, and our tour guides, Caroline and Thomas, were awesome! We did one half and enjoyed it so much we came back for the second half another day. The old city is beautiful, and this tour was a great way to learn about the history and see the major sites!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Bonjour, We are happy to hear that you enjoyed both tours with your guides. Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience!
star-5
Easily one of the best deals in Old Montreal.
tim_t
, Oct 2021
The guide--an older gentleman with a vast knowledge of local history--was wonderful. If we visit again, we will definitely take another tour. We learned so much in an hour and a half.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Bonjour Tim, We are delighted to hear that you learned a lot during the tour. We look forward to see you again!
star-5
Great day
Daniel_M
, Oct 2021
Excellent guide. Excellent teacher and very knowledgeable about the history and architecture of Montreal.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Bonjour Daniel, Thank you for the positive feedback!
star-5
Great experience, saw a...
Brian_T
, Oct 2021
Great experience, saw a lot of memorable things. We really liked how the guide was so informative about the history of Montréal
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Bonjour Brian, thank you so much for your 5-star review!
star-5
Well worth ut
Cedric_M
, Oct 2021
Pierre's many anecdotes and one liners. Very knowledgeable and great at taking questions and giving more context.
star-5
Worth viewing!
WolfgangProf_D
, Oct 2021
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
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for recommending our tour Wolfgang!

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