Famous Architecture Walking Tour in Montreal, 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.
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Famous Architecture Walking Tour in Montreal Map

Guide Name: Famous Architecture Walking Tour in Montreal
Guide Location: Canada » Montreal (See other walking tours in Montreal)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Author: doris
City Hall

1) 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
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
Pointe-à-Callière Museum

3) Pointe-à-Callière Museum (must see)

If you have a penchant for history and its invaluable footprints, then Pointe-à-Callière Museum in Montreal is definitely a place to visit. This museum houses rare collections and artifacts unearthed during a decade of digging. Visit this museum and you can trace the history of this city right from the Natives era.

Pointe-à-Callière Museum was opened in 1992 at the very site where evidences of the origins of Montreal housing were unearthed. This site was instrumental in bringing to focus...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Montreal World Trade Centre

4) Montreal World Trade Centre

Montreal World Trade Centre is one of the most famous buildings in Montreal. This center is located in Quartier International district, Montreal. The trade center was completed in 1992 by Arcop, one of the most prominent architectural firms in Canada. This is a ten storey building filled with architectural and historical valuables.

Apart from being a rich repository for artifacts, the center houses a huge glass atrium previously known as Fortification Lane. The other main attractions in the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
1000 de la Gauchetière

5) 1000 de la Gauchetière

Of all the skyscrapers in the city of Montreal, Canada, 1000 de la Gauchetière is the tallest, touching the city’s approved limit of 205m. This building is 673 feet high and has 51 floors. One of the features that make this a famous tourist attraction is its atrium that has a vast skating rink.

1000 de la Gauchetière was built in 1992 and is an excellent example of postmodern architecture comparable to JPMorgan Chase Tower in the city of Dallas, Texas. A unique feature of this building is...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Place Ville-Marie

6) 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
Sight description based on wikipedia
Sun Life Building

7) Sun Life Building

On your trip to Montreal, Canada, do not miss a visit to the Sun Life Building. Located in downtown, this historic building is at Dorchester Square across the Central Station and Queen Elizabeth Hotel.

One-block to the west of the building is the Windsor Station. Sun Life Building is strategically located between two major Metro lines. You can access this building by car through Ville-Marie and Bonaventure expressways.

Construction of the building was completed in 1931 in three stages....   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Maison Alcan

8) 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
Canadian Center for Architecture

9) Canadian Center for Architecture

In keeping with Canada’s impressive architectural tradition, the Canadian center for Architecture was constructed in 1979 by Phyllis Lambert. This is a renowned museum and research center that promotes public understanding and advances knowledge. CCA is also vocal about widening debate and thought on architectural history, practice, theory and its societal relevance.

Canadian center for Architecture has a huge collection of relevant material and provides a host of research opportunities...   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.
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
City Orientation Walk I

City Orientation Walk I

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!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 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
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
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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