City Orientation Walk II, 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 II Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk II
Guide Location: Canada » Montreal (See other walking tours in Montreal)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Author: doris
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Place d'Armes

1) Place d'Armes (must see)

Place d’Armes square is one of the oldest public sites in Montreal. This square was developed in 1693 and played a major role as a stage for various military events in the past. Located between Notre Dame and Saint Jacque Streets, Place d’Armes square is an outstanding historical vista.

The square boasts of Paul de Chomedey monument designed by Louis Philippe Hebert. Buildings that represent different eras surround this square. Montreal’s first skyscraper – the New York Life building...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Notre-Dame Basilica

2) Notre-Dame Basilica (must see)

Notre-Dame Basilica is renowned for its lavish, colorful and enticing interiors. It is a stunning example of Gothic Revival style architecture. It took years to complete this majestic structure. The original church was demolished in 1830 and was reconstructed.

The interiors are carved from gilded and painted rare woods. The imported glass windows expertly depict the rich history of Montreal as compared to other churches here where you will only find biblical scenes. The ceiling is deep blue...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Chinatown

3) Chinatown

Chinatown in Montreal is located in the area of De la Gauchetière Street in Montreal. The neighborhood contains many Asian restaurants, food markets, and convenience stores as well being home to many of Montreal's East Asian community centers, such as the Montreal Chinese Hospital and the Montreal Chinese Community and Cultural Center. The part of La Gauchetière that crosses through Chinatown is a pedestrian walkway, making it more inviting for a stroll. On several weekends during the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Old Montreal

4) Old Montreal (must see)

Taking you back to New France era, Old Montreal is one of the oldest areas frequented by tourists. This neighborhood is ideally located in Ville-Marie’s borough and is flanked by Ruelle des Fortifications at the northern side, McGill St. on the western side, Saint Lawrence River on its southern side and Berri St on the eastern side.

Ville Marie borough is kept vibrant and energetic by its ever active neighborhoods such as the downtown core, McGill Ghetto, Latin Quarter, Chinatown, Gay...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Place Jacques-Cartier

5) Place Jacques-Cartier

Place Jacques-Cartier is a square located in Old Montreal and an entrance to the Old Port of Montreal. During the high tourist season, the street hosts many street artists and kiosks. At any time of year, one can find restaurants on both sides of the street and many more on the surrounding streets of Vieux Port, notably on Rue...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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City Hall

6) City Hall (must see)

Montreal City Hall is a five-storied flashy building exclusively constructed to house the municipal administration. Built in the second empire style, it is one of the most impressive and spectacular buildings in Old Montreal. It was constructed between 1872 and 1878 as per the designs suggested by architects Alexander Cowper Hutchison and Henri-Maurice Perrault. This building survived a major fire break in 1922 after which architect Louis Parant completely remodeled the same with more robust...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Bonsecours Market

7) Bonsecours Market

What to buy here: Artisan Jewelry.

Quebeckers have a long history of working with their hands, ever since the first settlements in the 17th century, whether they were carpenters, painters, cooks or jewelers. This heritage is still very strong today and results in beautiful local works of art, always made with love by expert artisans, and jewelry being the prevalent industry. With the ever growing popularity of certified Canadian diamonds, which are mined, cut and polished in the Northwest...   view more
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Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours

8) Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours (must see)

Built in 1771, Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours is today regarded as a treasure in Montreal. It is the oldest surviving chapel in old Montreal and offers a peaceful ambiance for worshipers. This chapel sits on the ruins of an older church of 1950 that was burnt in fire during a war when Montreal was under French rule.

The decor of the chapel is simple and elegant. The hanging lamps shaped like sailing ships are very pretty and give the chapel a nautical flair in keeping with its reputation as a...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Saint Denis Street

9) Saint Denis Street

Saint Denis Street (officially in French: Rue Saint-Denis) is a major north-south thoroughfare. Saint-Denis serves as one of the primary thoroughfares of both the Latin Quarter, where it plays host to a number of bars and restaurants, to the Plateau Mont-Royal, where it is known as one of the best places to view Montreal's distinct style of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Plateau Mont-Royal

10) Plateau Mont-Royal (must see)

Located to the east of Mont-Royal and to the north of downtown and Sherbrooke Street, Plateau Mont-Royal is a must-visit destination on your trip to Montreal. The name reflects the fact that it is located on Sherbrooke Street’s flat terrain.

The Western part of the Plateau was previously inhabited by Jews and the Eastern part by Quebecois. This was predominantly a working-class neighborhood and was also home to famous Quebec writers such as Mordecai Richler and Michel Tremblay. Read their...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

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.
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Night

Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Night

Montreal is a vibrant, multicultural city, offering fascinating nightlife options. The choice of bars, dance clubs and lounges is fabulous. Take the walking tour suggested below to experience the most exciting nightclubs in Montreal.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 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
Ville-Marie Nightlife

Ville-Marie Nightlife

Montreal is a vibrant, multicultural city, offering fascinating nightlife options. The choice of bars, dance clubs and lounges is fabulous. Take the walking tour suggested below to experience the most exciting nightclubs in Montreal.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 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
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
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

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