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  • Location:Montreal, Canada
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Walking Tour of Old Montreal

Visit Montreal’s historic centerpiece on this guided walking tour of Old Montreal. Discover the history, heritage, architecture and culture in this, the oldest area of the city of Montreal, dating back to New France. Choose between a 1.5-hour tour around the east or west sides of Old Montreal or a 3-hour tour around both. See famous sites such as Notre-Dame Basilica, Place Jacques-Cartier, Bonsecours Market, Montreal City Hall and Champ de Mars, to name a few. Admission to Notre-Dame Basilica included.


  • Walking tour of Old Montreal with a knowledgeable local guide
  • Walk through Place d'Armes and Place Jacques-Cartier, two beatiful squares
  • See Notre-Dame Basilica, City Hall, Bonsecours Market and more
  • Hear stories and facts about the city's rich history, culture and architecture
  • Choose from three different itineraries to suit your preferences

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Walking Tour of Old Montreal

Notre Dame Basilica, Montreal

Choose to explore the east or west side of Old Montreal on a 1.5-hour tour, or select both the east and west sides on a 3-hour adventure.

Meet the guide and the rest of the tour group near the famous Notre-Dame Basilica, located at 110 Notre-Dame Street West, at the corner of Saint Sulpice Street, to begin this walking tour of Old Montreal, the historic centerpiece of this largest city in Quebec. 

Notre-Dame Basilica is widely recognized as one of the most impressive landmarks in the world. It’s one of the crown jewels in Quebec's rich religious heritage and a focal point in Montreal’s history. In fact, the original stained-glass windows here paint a story of Montréal’s religious history.

Moving along, learn about this city’s rich history, French heritage, architecture and culture while roaming the maze of narrow streets. Visit some of Old Montreal’s public squares, like Place d’Armes, Place Royale and Place Jacques-Cartier, witnessing the monuments and works of art on display there. 

Other points of interest include the 5-story Montreal City Hall; Champ de Mars, a public park that used to be the site of Montreal’s city walls; the former “Wall Street” of Canada, St-Jacques Street; and no visit to Old Montreal is complete without a picture of the Sulpician Seminary, the oldest building of the historic district.

The tour concludes at Bonsecours Market, a 2-story, domed public market which has served as Montreal's main public market for more than 100 years.

Customer Reviews

Nancy I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We had a wonderful time on our tour on November 14. Our guide was wonderful and highly knowledge. Highly recommend.

eileen m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We loved it! Frederic was wonderful and the historical background was so interesting. He did a great job of keeping us engaged!
I would definitely recommend the tour!!!

Justyne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Carole was a fantastic guide! Accommodating, knowledgeable, and friendly

Frances E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide, Bruno, was knowledgeable and engaging. It was a very enjoyable 1.5 hours. Well worth the money. We toured the East side of Old Montreal, and we can't wait to go back and tour the west side on a warmer day.

George H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We enjoyed the tour, Carole was very informative and animated in telling us about our history of Montreal and Canada

Patricia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

An excellent tour. A very well informed, friendly and humorous guide.

Peter N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent tour of Old Montreal East. Notre Dame Basilica is a must see. Our Tour guide George is excellent and very knowledgeable.

Teena W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Enjoyed our tour with Peggy. She was very informative and answered any question anyone had. It was the first day in Montreal and the tour was very helpful in getting the layout of Old Montreal. Would definitely encourage anyone who is considering a walking tour to take it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

It was easy to find our tour starting point booked online. Our guide was friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. We had a small group so we were able to easily interact with our guide. He gave us excellent information. We completed our tour and he gave us information on where to catch the bus for our lunch experience.

Daniele G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Nicole did a very good job showing us the western part of old Montreal. The tour was very interesting. We learnt a lot about the history of the town, in which we just arrived to live for three years.

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