Old Montreal Walking Tour, Montreal

Take a tour to discover the oldest district in Montreal. It features numerous unique houses dating back over 300 years, museums, art galleries and a great choice of fine restaurants and cafés. Here you'll also find two of the most popular churches in Montreal - the Basilique de Notre Dame and the Chapelle de Notre Dame de Bon-Secours. Enjoy exploring the highlights of Old Montreal.
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Old Montreal Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Old Montreal Walking Tour
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: 3.0 km
Author: doris
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Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours

1) 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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City Hall

2) 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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Château Ramezay Museum

3) Château Ramezay Museum (must see)

Chateau Ramezay museum was built in 1705. It is situated in Notre Dame Street, Old Montreal. The museum first served as a residence of the then Montreal governor Claude de Ramezay and was recently designated as a national historic site of Canada. At this museum, you will find an extensive collection of 30,000 objects including numismatic items, paintings, artworks and manuscripts. If you are passionate about the history of this city, you must visit this informative and interesting museum on your...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Place d'Armes

4) 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

5) 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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Montreal World Trade Centre

6) 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
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Centre d'Histoire de Montreal

7) Centre d'Histoire de Montreal

Centre d’Histoire de Montreal is housed in the building that used to be a fire station, back in 1903. Nowadays, this center is one of the most famous destinations in Montreal and is managed by the municipal authorities. The museum boasts an enviable collection of over 2,500 artifacts – models, photographs and other historic items – some of which date back as far as 1535.

The charm of this museum lies in the fact that it is situated right at the heart of Place d’Youvill, close to many...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Old Port

8) Old Port (must see)

Right from 1611, the Old Port in Old Montreal has been used for trading. This port stretches along two kilometers of St. Lawrence River and still holds the distinction of being Montreal’s cultural, economic and social soul.

Architects Peter Rose and Aurele Cardinal undertook and completed the redevelopment of this port in the early 90s. At least seven million visitors are welcomed by the riverfront per year. Tourists from across the world come here to enjoy numerous exciting activities...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Pointe-à-Callière Museum

9) 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
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Montreal Science Centre

10) Montreal Science Centre (must see)

Located in the Old Port of Montreal on King Edward Pier, the Centre des Sciences de Montreal is a popular tourist destination. Montreal Science Centre, as it is known today, was established in 2000 when it was originally known as the iSci Centre. The center got its current name in 2002.

The Montreal Science Centre features interactive exhibitions on technology and science. At the center, you can also find an IMAX theater. This science foundation was specially created to garner support from...   view more
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Walking Tours in Montreal, Canada

Create Your Own Walk in Montreal

Create Your Own Walk in Montreal

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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
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
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
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
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
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

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