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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.

Tours & Tickets

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Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip from Montreal

4.5 star rating: Recommended 930 Reviews

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 12 hours

From USD $80.84

Montreal City Guided Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 755 Reviews

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

From USD $40.42

Flavors of Old Montreal Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 46 Reviews

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 2.5 hours

From USD $43.36

Walking Tour of Old Montreal

4.5 star rating: Recommended 295 Reviews

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: Varies

From USD $18.37

Christmas Walking Tour in Old Montreal

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 90 minutes

From USD $13.23

Montreal Paddleboat Rental

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: Varies

From USD $18.80

Montreal Quadricycle Rental

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: Varies

From USD $18.80

Montreal Seaplane Tour

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 25 minutes

From USD $116.86

Montreal Food Truck Tour by Bike

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

From USD $127.15

Montreal by Night Tour and Casino Shuttle

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Location: Montreal, Canada
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