Old Port of Montreal Tours

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Old Port of Montreal
Once a busy shipping hub, the Old Port of Montreal is now an entertainment center stretching along the St. Lawrence River. In addition to the promenade, the port is also home to the Montreal Science Centre, La Grande Roue de Montréal, an observation wheel, a boat spa, and seasonal outdoor attractions including an urban beach and an ice rink.

The Basics
Set along the St. Lawrence riverfront, the atmospheric Old Port is one of downtown Montreal’s biggest attractions. There are two main ways to explore: either on land or by water. Bike, quadricycle, and walking tours of the Old Port typically follow routes along the waterfront and through Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal), the historic landmark-packed heart of the city. In summer, sightseeing cruises, Jet Ski tours, and self-guided paddleboat tours depart from the Old Port. Many family-friendly attractions are located in the Old Port, including La Grande Roue de Montréal observation wheel, and aerial obstacle and zipline courses.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Old Port is a must for families. 
  • The Old Port promenade has free Wi-Fi and lots of benches and seating.
  • The promenade at the Old Port is paved and wheelchair-accessible.

How to Get There
The Old Port of Montreal is situated between Old Montreal and the St. Lawrence River. The nearest Metro stations are Champ-de-Mars, Place-d’Armes, and Square-Victoria, all about a 10-minute walk away. 

When to Get There 
Visit in summer for the widest range of activities. The area is busiest on weekend afternoons and evenings; arrive early to beat the crowds. Although it’s quieter in winter, there is still lots to do, including ice skating, riding the observatory wheel, and soaking in the outdoor hot tub at a floating boat spa. 

Montreal Clock Tower
Among the most notable buildings situated along the waterfront is the 148-foot (45-meter) high Montreal Clock Tower, which was built between 1919 and 1922 to mark the entrance to the port and to serve as a memorial to sailors lost at sea. In spring and summer, climb to the top of the tower for spectacular city and river views. 
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Old Montreal Walking Tour

Visit Montreal’s historic centerpiece on this guided, 90-minute 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. Explore the public squares of Place Jacques-Cartier, Place d’Armes and Place Royale. Roam the historic streets of Saint-Jacques, Saint Paul, Notre-Dame and Rue de la Commune, then stroll along the river banks of the Old Port of Montreal. See famous sites such as Notre-Dame Basilica, Champ de Mars, Saint-Sulpice Seminary and many more.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Montreal Paddleboat Rental

Explore Montreal's Old Port on your own paddleboat tour. Choose between a 30- or 60-minute rental and set out on the calm Bonsecours Basin, taking in exquisite views of the city's waterfront while leisurely paddling along the waters. Each paddleboat can accommodate up to a family of four, though they also make a the perfect sunset date for two.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Helicopter Tour Over Montreal

See Montreal from above on this helicopter tour of the city. During the ride, catch views of the Olympic Stadium, downtown Montreal, Mount Royal, and other sights as you soar at an altitude of 1,500 feet (457 meters). Before taking off, you’ll receive a safety briefing and be able to get comfortable with the aircraft.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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Old Montreal Private Walking Tour

See the historical sights of Old Montreal, a.k.a. Vieux-Montréal, on a 2-hour private walking tour. Following a private guide, you'll learn about the city's history, which dates back to 1642, as you visit attractions such as Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, Place d'Armes, and the Old Port of Montreal.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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4 Hour Montreal Architecture & City Bike Tour with Wine or Beer

Leave the crowds behind during this 4-hour, half-day Montreal bike tour, covering the city’s top architecture, food, neighborhood life, and history with a local guide. Pick from among two unique tour options, each of which explores a different cross-section of this historic city’s diverse neighborhoods and fascinating culture. Best of all, you’ll get to keep your bike rental for the whole day after your tour ends. This bike tour of Montreal also includes a helmet, 21-speed bike, bottled water, one food tasting and a complimentary glass of beer or wine in historic Old Montreal.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Montreal Zipline Adventure

Soar over the Old Port of Montreal on this urban zipline circuit — the first of its kind in Canada. Make your way up an 85-foot-tall tower and holler out a ‘Woohoo!’ as you sail across 1200 feet of zipline. Don’t forget to look down and soak up the spectacular aerial views of Montreal. This 30-minute activity will appeal to thrill seekers and families alike!
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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Jet Ski Tour on Saint Lawrence River

Explore the Saint Lawrence River on a Jet Ski on this guided sightseeing tour. Starting at the pier in the Old Port of Montreal, follow your guide and ride past top attractions like the biosphere, Saint Helen's Island, and La Ronde, as well as under the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. Plus, enjoy time to ride around on your own.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Montreal Quadricycle Rental

Discover Montreal's Old Port with your friends aboard a 4-wheeled quadricycle. With room enough for three adults, this pedal-powered 'bicycle' is an ideal way to enjoy the city's waterfront as a group while getting a little exercise too. See Montreal's memorial clock, explore Bonsecours Basin Park or stop for a beverage. Both 30- and 60-minute rentals are available.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Old Montreal Delights with a local!

Explore a must-see for Montreal! I share my personal favorite in this historic district full of charm. While observing beautiful buildings, I will show you some amazing details and tell you stories that you would have never known. Travel back in time and learn more about the founding of the city, some great characters in Montreal's history, and the French-English rivalry.It includes: Main public squares (including Place d'Armes, Place Royale and Place Jacques-Cartier) and beautiful historical buildings from the outside (Old Seminary of the Sulpicians, Chateau Ramezay, Notre-Dame Basilica, the City Hall, Notre-Dame- Bon-Secours Chapel, Bonsecours Market), wandering among famous cobblestones' streets of Old-Montreal and Old-Port.Enthusiastic and passionate, I like to offer insightful, factual and fun tours. I will also make sure to give you some ideas to explore the city during your own time.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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