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 shorter tour around either the east or west sides of Old Montreal or a longer 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
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
Get an overview of Old Montreal with bonus admission to Notre Dame Basilica.
Choose to explore the east or west side of Old Montreal on a short tour, or select both the east and west sides on an extended 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.
Since the Basilica is closed on Sunday morning, please note that it is not part of the tour on that day. However, your ticket grants you access to the Basilica during their opening hours on the same day, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Note, independent lunch break in between both tours when booking the 11 a.m. combo tour.
Isabelle was a wonderful guide. We took both the east and west and tours. Isabell made us aware of the history of Montreal and made it come alive! She changed up the tour to fit up the needs of our group. The piece was perfect the information was on point. I so appreciate this tour
I love to take tours when I visit a new city but this was my first walking tour. The tour kind was knowledgeable and personable. She was prompt and I enjoyed the sites. I would recommend it to friends/family.
Our guide Carole took our group of about 20 on a great walking tour of old town Montreal. She was informative, made sure everyone could hear her and kept the group together. Her pace was perfect, not too fast and not too slow. We had one lady being pushed in a wheelchair and she kept up fine. The tour lasted about 90 minutes and Carole made herself available afterwards for questions. Unfortunately the couple with the wheelchair took a spill toward the end of the tour and he hurt his wrist. Carole took care of the situation and called the paramedics for him and stayed with them until help arrived.
Fantastic tour and our guide- Angelina , was the best guide I have ever had. We were 13 in our group. She covered all the sites. She was so knowledgeable and easy to understand. Her suggestions for additional areas to explore or cafes to visit were spot on. Excellent day. I feel I really got to know and love Montreal.
We did the East first and then West after lunch. The tour guide repeated himself a bit with information but overall it was very informative. The architecture and history was amazing. I wish we had more time to sit and enjoy a nice lunch. We had to grab a quick bite to eat and give ourselves time to return to the Basilica for the afternoon tour.