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  • Address: rue St-Jacques, rue Notre-Dame, rue St-Paul
  • Admission: Free

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Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal)

On the edge of the St Lawrence River, Old Montreal (or Vieux Montréal) is the city’s birthplace with picturesque squares, grand old-world architecture, and a dense concentration of locals and visitors. The narrow Rue St-Paul, the old main street, teems with art galleries, shops, and eateries. The broad concourse of the Old Port is lined with green parkland and cafes along Rue de la Commune.

The area’s pulsating center is Place Jacques-Cartier. From here, its center promenade slopes down from rue Notre-Dame to Old Port, lined with 18th century stone buildings. At the base of the plaza are horse-drawn carriages, outdoor cafes, and street performers. Nearby are such highlights as the Bonsecours Market and the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel. West of Place Jacques-Cartier is Place d’Armes, dominated by the Notre-Dame Basilica.

As you walk south, you’ll reach the Place Royal and the St. Lawrence River, which is completely taken up by Old Port (Vieux Port). Here you’ll find maritime facilities alongside a variety of museums and attractions, including the Montreal Museum of Anthropology & History. But the most fun of visiting this historic area is ambling along the cobblestone streets and marveling at the architecture. You’ll really feel transported from the modern era.

Practical Info

Old Montreal is bounded by rue Bern to the west, rue Saint-Antoine to the north, rue McGill in the east, and Old Port and the St. Lawrence River to the south. The area is easily accessible from downtown via the Underground City, and is also served by several bus routes and Metro stations.

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Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip from Montreal

4.5 star rating: Recommended 726 Reviews

Visit the historic heart of French Canada on this day trip from Montreal to Quebec City. On your sightseeing tour, see famous landmarks including Place ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $96.14

Montreal City Guided Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 612 Reviews

See the best of Montreal on this sightseeing tour with a professional guide. Aboard a coach, admire more than 200 top Montreal attractions and landmarks while ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $45.54

Walking Tour of Old Montreal or Downtown Montreal

4.5 star rating: Recommended 180 Reviews

Soak in the rich history, culture and heritage of Montreal on this walking tour of Old Montreal. See famous sites such as Notre-Dame Basilica, Place ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $11.00

Flavors of Old Montreal Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

Discover the delicious culinary delicacies of Old Montreal on this 2.5-hour food walking tour. Taste your way through Montreal's oldest district, making stops ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 2.5 hours

From USD $51.93

Montreal Half-Day Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 27 Reviews

While in Montreal, escape the crowds on a three-hour bike adventure around the city lead by a professional guide. Choose from two exciting itineraries and ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.82

Montreal Seaplane Tour

See Montreal from above on a 20- or 25-minute seaplane flight that takes in the city’s top sights. Enjoy bird’s-eye views of the St Lawrence River, Old ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 20 to 25 minutes

From USD $122.34

Montreal Paddleboat Rental

Enjoy a new perspective of Old Montreal as you explore the waters of the Old Port in your own paddleboat, or ‘pedalo,’ as it’s known in French. A 30- or ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: Varies

From USD $22.51

Montreal Quadricycle Rental

Explore Montreal’s Old Port in an easy and entertaining way — by quadricycle. A 4-wheeled non-motorized vehicle that’s powered by pedaling, a quadricycle ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: Varies

From USD $22.51

Montreal Food Truck Tour by Bike

Discover Montreal’s street food scene on this food tour by bike that takes you to six local food trucks. Food truck popularity across the US and Canada ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $151.82

Christmas Walking Tour in Old Montreal

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Experience the beauty of Montreal during the holidays on this Christmas-themed walking tour. Following your professional guide through the historic streets of ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $14.96

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