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History Walking Tour of Old Montreal

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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

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Get an overview of Old Montreal on a walking tour of some of the city's top sights.
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Notre-Dame Street West & Place d'Armes , Rue Notre Dame O & Pl. d'Armes, Montréal, QC H2Y 2W2, Canada

Meet your guide at the southwest corner of Place d'Armes, the corner on your front right when you are facing the church (intersection of Notre-Dame West & Place d'Armes). Plus Code: GC3V+Q5V Montréal, Québec.

This activity ends in a different location. See details below:
  • Bonsecours Market Street , Bonsecours Market St, Montreal, QC H2Y, Canada

    Old Montréal East ends near Bonsecours Market

  • Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History , 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
    • 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.
    • 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.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    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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    • "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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    star-5
    We had an amazing time...
    Ashley_L
    , Jun 2022
    We had an amazing time learning about Montreal's history. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I would highly recommend.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Hi Ashley, Thanks for letting us know you enjoyed learning about our city, and for taking the time to recommend the tour. Best,
    star-5
    Great tour
    Stephanie_H
    , Jun 2022
    This was a great tour. It started and ended exactly on time. We saw all of the sights + more on this tour. André, our guide, was incredibly knowledgeable and a great guide. He made this trip very enjoyable. Waking pace was normal. We had time to stop for a bit to eat from 12:30-1:30pm in between the morning and afternoon portions of this trip. I would recommend doing both parts of the tour so that you can see all parts of Old Montréal. Tip: Make sure to arrive 5-10mins early so you can find your guide as there are many other tour groups leaving from the same area.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Hello! Thanks for letting us know you enjoyed your tour and had a good time with André. Good tip about arriving a few minutes early. Place d'Armes can indeed be quite busy at times! Au plaisir,
    star-5
    Make this your first Montreal activity
    Shashank_A
    , Jun 2022
    The guide was really humorous and passionate about his city and gave us a load of useful information that had made the rest our trip more exciting. Highly recommended as the first activity to do in Montreal!
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Hi Shasha, Thanks for letting us know you enjoyed the tour. Also happy to hear your guide had a good sense of humour. We definitely agree that this tour is a good first activity. A good restaurant recommendation or hot tip about the best place to see the fireworks, etc. etc., can make all the difference in a trip! And our guides genuinely do want guests to have a great stay overall. Glad you found it useful! Best,
    star-5
    Louis the man
    Rich_M
    , Jun 2022
    Louis was a great guide and very knowledgeable of the history of the city. Montreal is such a beautiful city.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Hi Rich, Thanks for the review! We will let Louis know he was appreciated. He is indeed an incredibly knowledgeable guide and passionate about Montréal. Here's hoping to have you back in our beautiful city again soon!
    star-5
    Wonderful!
    Pamels_M
    , Jun 2022
    Louie was fantastic! Loved every minute of it! So highly recommend. Easy walking. Places you would miss if you did not do this tour. Lots of info. Don’t miss this experience
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Bonjour! Thank you very much for taking the time to tell us how much you enjoyed your guide Louis! We will be sure to let him know. All the best,
    star-5
    Amazing walks through Old Montreal
    Gerald_R
    , Jun 2022
    Catherine was incredible. Her passion for Montreal made the tour awesome. She is a treasure. We are completely satisfied and hope to do more tours with your company. Thank you! Gerry
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Dear Gerry, Very happy to know you enjoyed your tour with Catherine. Passion is certainly something we associate with all our guides! We look forward to having you tour with us again. Best,
    star-5
    Great tour and we’ll worth your time.
    Bruce_B
    , Jun 2022
    Great walk and tour of Old Montreal. Diane was very knowledgeable and interesting. I would recommend this tour.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Hi! Thanks for the recommendation. And for taking the time to let people know how wonderful Diane is! We will be sure to pass on the compliment. Best,
    star-5
    Good overview of Vieux Montreal
    Luke_H
    , Jun 2022
    Guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the history and culture of Montreal. Moderate walk might be a workout for some, but hills aren't too bad. East tour ends near Chateau Ramezay museum, which is definitely worth a visit.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thanks for taking the time to send us a review. And good to know the terrain was manageable during this walking tour. Happy trails! We hope you visit with us again.
    star-5
    Great tour
    Katie_J
    , Jun 2022
    Our tour guide, Pierre, was super personable and friendly. He was knowledgeable and we had a great experience.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Bonjour Katie, We are happy to read that you had a great experience with Pierre. Thank you so much for reviewing the tour!
    star-5
    Enjoyable, informative, and fun.
    Diane_D
    , Jun 2022
    Our guide was very knowledgeable about the architecture, social and cultural aspects of Montreal. We really enjoyed his humor and affable personality. I would take the same tour again, next time we are here.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Bonjour Diane, We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tour and your guide. We are looking forward to see you again next time you are in Montréal!
    star-5
    Great walking experience 👌
    AnnaJanicki
    , Jun 2022
    The tour guide was very informative. We missed part of the tour but he reviewed the highlights for us. The meeting place was great easy to find. An amazing experience ✨️ thank you
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Bonjour Anna, Thank you for sharing your positive feedback, we are happy to hear that you had an amazing experience!
    star-5
    Amazing
    AnnaJanicki
    , Jun 2022
    Henri was amazing. He was vety knowledgeable. The tour was incredible. I highly recommend this tour.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Bonjour Anna, Thank you for highly recommending our tours of Old Montréal!
    star-5
    Great experience!
    Amad_R
    , May 2022
    The guide came with great dedication and energy. We had best experience. sjfklsfj sklsfjlakldjfksdlfj.
    star-5
    Joanne did a wonderful...
    Jennifer_H
    , May 2022
    Joanne did a wonderful job of showing the best of old Montréal. The hidden gems we wouldn't find on out own, were a bonus!
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Bonjour Jennifer, We are glad to hear that you enjoyed discovering the best of Old Montréal and its hidden gems with your guide Jo Anne. Thank you for sharing!
    star-5
    Our tour guide was...
    Vijay_D
    , May 2022
    Our tour guide was Thomas. Excellent approach towards a very diverse crowd in front of him. He brought old and new tidbits of information to make the presentation lively and interesting. Thank you very much, Thomas, for your services.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Bonjour Vijay, We will make sure to thank Thomas on your behalf. Thank you for your 5-star review!
    star-5
    The tour was extremely...
    Marcia_H
    , May 2022
    The tour was extremely informative. The old Montreal was awesome and quaint. Loved the cobble stone streets. The city under ground was nice. It was confusing and difficult to find out tour group. Had to ask a lot of people.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Bonjour Marcia, Thank you for your 5-star review! We are sorry that you had trouble finding the meeting point. We are glad to know that you did find your group and enjoyed the tour after all. Our team is available at all times to help visitors when needed. Best regards!
    star-5
    All the parts of Montreal...
    vivian
    , May 2022
    All the parts of Montreal we didn’t know about. Isabel was very knowledgeable about Montreal and it’s history. Great tour!
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Bonjour Vivian, We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your guide Isabel's knowledge about Montréal and its history. Thank you!
    star-5
    History through stories
    Kathy_N
    , May 2022
    Catherine gave us great insight into the history of Montreal and Quebec. She focused on stories that made the historic figures come to life
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Bonjour Kathy, We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed discovering the history of Montréal and Québec with our guide Catherine. Best regards!
    star-5
    Old Montreal walking tour
    Martha_R
    , May 2022
    Catherine was the highlight of our tour. Very informative and entertaining. I would highly recommend this tour.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Bonjour Martha, Thank you for highly recommending our tours of Old Montréal and for your kind words about your guide Catherine, it is much appreciated!
    star-5
    Just do it!
    Kathy_D
    , May 2022
    We took the west tour but had the east had availability would have done that as well. Our guide Martin was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. Time went quickly.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Bonjour Kathy, Thank you for recommending both of our tours of Old Montréal, we sincerely appreciate it!

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