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Old Montreal History Walking Tour

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Montréal, Canada

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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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. 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.
  • Guided walking tour of western and eastern Old Montreal
  • Explore the public squares of Place Jacques-Cartier, Place d’Armes, and Place Royale
  • Meander down the historic streets of Saint-Jacques, Saint Paul, Notre-Dame, and Rue de la Commune
  • Stroll along the riverbank of Old Port and admire the architecture of Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal
  • Learn the city’s history, culture, and development from your guide
  • Choose from one morning and two afternoon departures to suit your schedule
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities

Departure Point

904 Rue Saint-Urbain, Montréal, QC H2Z 1K4, Canada

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet the guide and the rest of the tour group at a central meeting point in Old Montreal to explore the historic centerpiece of this largest city in Quebec. Visit the top attractions in both the east and west parts of Old Montreal on this walking tour.

Learn about this city’s rich history, French heritage, architecture, and culture while roaming the maze of narrow streets like Saint-Jacques (the former Wall Street of Canada), Saint Paul, Notre-Dame, and Rue de la Commune—plus a few hidden courtyards. Stroll along the river banks at the Old Port of Montreal and visit some of the city’s public squares, like Place d’Armes, Place Royale, and Place Jacques-Cartier, witnessing the impressive monuments and beautiful works of art on display there. 

See the famous Notre-Dame Basilica, 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 past.

Your tour concludes at your original departure point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Old Montreal
Meet your knowledgeable guide at a central café in Old Montreal for your 1.5-hour walking tour that combines top attractions located in both eastern and western Old Montreal.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Place Jacques-Cartier
Stroll through the cobbled square of Place Jacques-Cartier, lined with cafes and street performers, and learn about the 1809 monument commemorating Lord Nelson's defeat of Napoléon Bonaparte at Trafalgar.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Place d'Armes
Carry on to Place d’Armes
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Notre-Dame Basilica
You’ll find the Gothic Revival architecture of Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, inaugurated in 1829.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Rue St-Paul
Discover the grand buildings of finance on Saint-Jacques Street, Montreal’s version of Wall Street, and as you pass the restored historic warehouses along Saint Paul Street, hear about this former center of fur trade.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pointe-a-Calliere, Montreal Archaeology and History Complex
Visit Place Royale, a picturesque and quiet square, where you’ll see Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History, built on top of actual remains of the city’s birthplace.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Rue Notre-Dame
Explore Notre-Dame Street, rue de la Commune, and discover hidden courtyards.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Old Port of Montreal
In Old Port, walk along a historic riverfront of maritime facilities, museums, shops and cafes. Your tour ends at the departure point.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Please dress according to weather conditions; proper footwear is advised
  • We recommend you bring snacks and water
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Coach Canada - Gray Line Montreal

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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 policy on face masks and attendee health during Old Montreal History Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Old Montreal History Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Old Montreal History Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Old Montreal History Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Old Montreal History Walking Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

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

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Old Montreal History Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Old Montreal History Walking Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Old Montreal History Walking Tour.

Reviews

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star-5
Great Tour of Montreal - New and Old
Wanderer66518251067
, Jul 2019
Our guide Alfredo was great. Extremely knowledgeable on the history of Montreal, very unbiased presentation on the city and history of how Montreal has evolved over the last couple centuries. Highly recommended. Has great recommendations for restaurants and things to see.
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Tour guide is good but it took one and a half hour to show up
ABXTravel
, Aug 2018
We were supposed to meet with the tour guide at10:30am by the cafeteria. The tour guide didn't show up on time. I and other tour group participants tried to call the phone number listed in the ticket however it wasn't possible to reach our to any responsible person, so I'm thinking if I should continue using Viator :-(Eventually through the café employee the company communicated that the tour guide would be one hour late. At last the tour guide was good appeared - the tour guide was good.
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Tour Cancelled
Robbo02641
, Aug 2018
Although the tour operator had my cell phone # and email, I was never notified of the tour being cancelled. An hour wasted in Montreal that I will never get back. Then, rather than automatically getting a refund, you have to navigate through the Viator website and request the refund. Must be a better way!
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star-3
A good tour
Beth M
, Aug 2018
We did an hour and a half tour of Old Montreal and learned some interesting information. Our guide was nice and gave us lots of historical facts but the tour lacked personality. Lots of details about banks and stories about how things came to be but sort of bland. Didn't really get the "insider" recommendations and insights that other viator tours seem to provide automatically. For example, our guide pointed out the building that looks like NY Empire State but didn't tell us you could see a piece of the Berlin Wall near there. Even when the tour ended, our guide just said there are lots of nice restaurants all around the square, but nothing specific about the food or personal preference given.
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Highly recommended
, Aug 2018
My daughter and I enjoyed the tour. The guide was well informed, articulate and interesting. We covered a lot of important places. At each place the guide gave us and interesting commentary about thew history and importance of the site. It was worth the time and the cost.
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I felt with a little research on your...
Joseph P
, Apr 2018
I felt with a little research on your own you could do this tour on your own and even better. Being in a predominantly French speaking area and not knowing the language I was hesitant to go on my own, but coming from New York City the area of Old Montreal was not a bad area. We arrived early and took the 6 per person tour of Notre Dame Cathedral which was very interesting.
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Our guide, Clare, was not so great. She...
Karen W
, Apr 2018
Our guide, Clare, was not so great. She came to the meeting point at least 10 minutes after the scheduled tour time. Her history was vague at times and flat out wrong at other times. I felt like we could have just walked around with a guidebook. We usually LOVE walking tours and have taken them all over the world, and my husband and I agreed that this was the worst. Still gave 2 stars because old Montreal is lovely and I'd recommend a tour of it... just not with our guide.
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star-5
Such a great way to see Old Montreal...
Jane W
, Oct 2017
Such a great way to see Old Montreal for the first time - super guide!
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This walking tour was really...
Peter W
, Sep 2017
This walking tour was really interesting. The guide was very knowledgeable of Montreal history and culture. We had a thunderstorm in hte middle of the tour so I recommend bringing an umbrella.
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star-3
The tour was small, only 6 people...
Tracy B
, Aug 2017
The tour was small, only 6 people, however, the tour guide was not the most engaging. We had two school-aged children and when I asked the guide to explain some of the history in their terms, he was unable to do so. He also kept pointing out events that had happened earlier in the summer but had left - not helpful for tourists here now. However, Old Montreal is beautiful so even a not so great tour guide still makes for an enjoyable visit.
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