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History Walking Tour of Old Montreal

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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.
  • 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 4A4, 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

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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.
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
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Place Jacques-Cartier
See the famous plaza and near by St. Jacques street, the "Wall Street" of Canada
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City Hall
See the beautiful Montreal City Hall
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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:  
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

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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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.
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


1,038 Reviews

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Great guide!
, Sep 2021
Great guide and showed us so much great stuff in a short time. The bank info was really good and also the archeological info
Wonderful tour of Old Montreal
, Sep 2021
Martin is a very knowledgeable and friendly guide. He was always happy to answer questions and keep everyone engaged. Top notch service.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for that Luis, we appreciate your positive comments and so will Martin!
, Sep 2021
There was too much repetition history / stories being told about the architecture. I wish important historical figures were introduced, and more overarching history of Canada and Montreal. That aside, Pierre was very thoughtful in answering my questions.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Bonjour! We are sincerely sorry to hear that the tour did not quite meet your expectations as we always want our visitors to fully appreciate their experience with us. We would be happy to get more feedback and welcome you again on one of our tours. Please feel free to contact us directly to discuss some more. Best regards!
Great history to look at and to learn about.
, Sep 2021
Learning about the separation between church and state in 1960. Seeing the wall monument that was left to show where the wall was in the height.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for your 5-star review Laura!
Amazing tour
, Sep 2021
Excelent tour experience. Our guide, Martin, was funny and very knowledgeable about the city's history and architecture.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Bonjour! We are delighted to hear that you had an amazing tour with Martin. Thank you for your positive comments!
Loved the Tours.
, Sep 2021
We absolutely loved the entire tours. We took both tours today. Our guide Sara was knowledgeable, friendly and fun. The only thing I would change is giving extra time between tours. We had to rush our lunch.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Bonjour Diana, We are happy to hear that you loved both tours! Sorry that you had to rush your lunch a bit. Since the first tour starts at 11 a.m., we believe that a 1-hour break is the best option to give enough time for all participants to eat and rest without having to finish the second tour later than 3 p.m., which is convenient for a majority of visitors. We appreciate your comments and we thank you for the 5-star review! :)
Experiencing both east & west tours shows how old Montreal developed into a financial leader.
, Sep 2021
Hearing about the history and significance of some of the old buildings. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the area.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for sharing your positive experience Larry, we sincerely appreciate it!
History tour
, Sep 2021
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. He was extremely friendly. Martin always made sure we were together and stopped frequently to show us points of interest. He answered questions willingly and helpfully.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Bonjour Susan, we are happy that you enjoyed your tour and thought that Martin was both friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you for the 5-star review!
Pierre was great! Thank you
, Sep 2021
Pierre was great! Thank you Educational we enjoyed very much. Would do this tour again!! We did the East and West tour.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Bonjour Jenny, We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your tours with Pierre. You are welcome to come back anytime!
Old Montreal Tour
, Sep 2021
The best part was our guide Sara as she was very friendly and knowledgeable. I would recommend to everyone.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for recommending our Old Montréal tours and for your kind words about your guide Sarah!

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