City Orientation Walk I, Montreal

Montreal is an old, yet at the same time, modern metropolis, flagship of Canada's Quebec. Sitting on an island in the Saint Lawrence River with Mt. Royal (to which the city owes its name) at its center, Montreal represents a blend of architectural moods, from French colonial to bohemian, and a wealth of cultural trends and notable attractions – historic buildings, parks, museums, galleries and more. To appreciate Montreal in its entirety, take this orientation walk and enjoy yourself in this beautiful city to the fullest!
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City Orientation Walk I Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk I
Guide Location: Canada » Montreal (See other walking tours in Montreal)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Author: alice
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Ste-Catherine Street

1) Ste-Catherine Street

Sainte Catherine Street is a renowned thoroughfare in downtown Montreal. In fact, downtown is often identified with this street. It stretches for 15 kilometers from east to west across the city. You can find a wide range of shops, departmental stores, shopping malls and restaurants here.

Christ Church Cathedral is located in Ste-Catherine Street on top of a shopping mall called Promenades Cathedrale. The church is a historical monument and was designated as a national historic site of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Christ Church Cathedral

2) Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral, built in 1859, is a classic example of neo-Gothic architecture, designed by British architect Frank Wills. The original Christ Church in old Montreal was established in 1814, but was destroyed by fire in 1856. The present church is located at the heart of Montreal’s commercial area. This is the only cathedral that has re-invented itself as per modern day settings with its impressive shopping mall below. To the north of the church, there is a 34 floor skyscraper. Other...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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McCord Museum

3) McCord Museum

McCord museum was inaugurated in 1921. It was a pet project of a passionate collector David Ross McCord. It is located near McGill University in downtown Montreal. The museum contains more than 1,375,000 archeological objects, paintings, manuscripts and images that showcase Canadian history in-depth.

Simply Montreal is a permanent exhibition in McCord Montreal that allows you to discover Montreal as it is. You can find a wide variety of first nation objects, photographs, gowns and toys. The...   view more
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Redpath Museum

4) Redpath Museum (must see)

Redpath Museum came into existence in 1882 and is one of the oldest buildings in the country constructed for the very purpose it serves today. This museum has an extensive collection of Sir William Dawson. He was a well known natural scientist and principal of McGill.

Redpath has always been appreciated for its unique design. It is built along the lines of the Greek Revival Style which was popular in the 1800s. At this museum, you can find a whopping three million object collection in...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Sherbrooke Street

5) Sherbrooke Street

Sherbrooke Street is a major east-west artery and at 31.3 kilometers (19.4 mi) in length, is the second longest street on the Island of Montreal. The street is divided into two portions. Sherbrooke Street East is located east of Saint Laurent Boulevard and Sherbrooke Street West is located west. Sherbrooke Street West is home to many historic mansions that comprised its exclusive Golden Square Mile district, including the now-demolished Van Horne Mansion, the imposing Beaux-Arts style Montreal...   view more
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Maison Alcan

6) Maison Alcan

Montreal is a very interesting city with many beautiful and unique tourist attractions. One of the buildings tourists do not miss visiting is the Maison Alcan. This building is popular for its atrium and was constructed in 1983.

Maison Alcan houses the Aluminum Company of Canada. Here you will find a hotel, three historic row houses, the elegant and stunningly beautiful glass atrium connected to the aluminum-clad office structure.

Maison Alcan is extremely popular for its amazing...   view more
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Museum of Fine Arts

7) Museum of Fine Arts (must see)

Located in Montreal, this museum has an extensive range of encyclopedic collection. The museum displays unique exhibition designs through its temporary exhibitions in fields such as film, music, fine arts, design, and fashion.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is the oldest art museum in Canada and was founded in 1860. James Ross, a businessman, through his large donation, facilitated the movement of this museum in 1912 to its present location at Sherbrooke Street’s mile-long historic Golden...   view more
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Crescent Street

8) Crescent Street

Crescent Street (rue Crescent) is a southbound street located in downtown Montreal, Quebec. Running perpendicular to Saint Catherine Street, Crescent Street descends from Sherbrooke Street south to René Lévesque Boulevard. North of De Maisonneuve Boulevard, one can find many luxury boutiques and art galleries in a Victorian architectural setting. To the south of de Maisonneuve the concentration of nightclubs, bars and restaurants makes Crescent Street one Montreal's most well-known...   view more
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Les Cours Mont-Royal

9) Les Cours Mont-Royal (must see)

A lot of fun and excitement is in store for you at Downtown Montreal, such as the popular upscale shopping center Cours Mont-Royal. It was in 1988 that the Mount Royal Hotel was converted to a shopping mall and has since been offering discerning customers a range of designer brands.

On your trip to Montreal, browse through the exclusive boutiques and shop for your favorite fashion clothes and accessories. This shopping mall offers a great ambiance and a unique shopping experience for men and...   view more
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Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde

10) Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde (must see)

Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral is the third largest and the most beautiful church in Montreal. It is said to be the scaled-down version of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Designed as its one-fourth scale model, the church definitely retains the grandeur and magnificence, along with a controversial and significant history.

It took almost 20 years to build this church and, after its completion in 1894, it was sanctified as St. James Cathedral. It was then rededicated to Mary, Queen of the...   view more
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Place Ville-Marie

11) Place Ville-Marie

Place Ville Marie is definitely one of the most majestic buildings in Quebec, Montreal. The modern version of this building was constructed to headquarter the Royal Bank of Canada in 1960.

Place Ville-Marie features a huge underground shopping mall that has over 1600 shops, businesses, offices and restaurants. Apart from this the building is a part of Montreal’s metro station network and features tunnels and suburban transportation terminal.

On your visit to 1932 Place Ville-Marie, you...   view more
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Underground City

12) Underground City (must see)

Officially known as La Ville Souterraine in French, Montreal’s Underground City is frequented by tourists from all over the world. Here you can find a set of complexes in Downtown Montreal interconnected below and above the ground. This is the largest complex of its kind in the world and is also known as the Indoor City.

Underground City was created based on urbanist Vincent Ponte’s vision. In 2006 November, a commemorative plaque was unveiled at Place Ville-Marie in his honor. As you...   view more
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Walking Tours in Montreal, Canada

Create Your Own Walk in Montreal

Create Your Own Walk in Montreal

Creating your own self-guided walk in Montreal is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Souvenir Shopping Part 3

Souvenir Shopping Part 3

Montreal is an exciting city that features all kinds of entertainment. And if you like shopping, here you can find some of the most beautiful and promising shops and markets. Take this walking tour for a unique shopping experience in Montreal.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave Montreal without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Montreal, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Famous Architecture Walking Tour in Montreal

Famous Architecture Walking Tour in Montreal

Montreal is an old, but a very modern city. The architectural sights provide ample opportunities for exploration. Modern buildings are situated right next to some of the oldest and most fascinating structures. Take this walking tour to discover the most famous architecture Montreal has to offer.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
The Titanic Walking Tour, Montreal

The Titanic Walking Tour, Montreal

Thanks to James Cameron's blockbuster movie, "Titanic", people from all over the world are aware of the luxury liner that sank on its maiden voyage in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912. However, not everyone knows that Montreal has a significant number of Titanic-related sites. Take this walking tour to discover the main Montreal sights related to the famous Titanic.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.9 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Montreal without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Montreal, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.8 km
Top Museums and Galleries Tour, Montreal

Top Museums and Galleries Tour, Montreal

Montreal is a wonderful city blessed with many examples of great French culture. Among them are Montreal's museums and galleries, which offer a diverse view of the local and international culture that flows through the city. Take this walking tour to explore the most exciting exhibitions of Montreal's museums.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km

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