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Making Their Mark: Montreal Jewish History Walking Tour
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Making Their Mark: Montreal Jewish History Walking Tour

By Museum of Jewish Montreal
Recommended by 95% of travellers
95% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Uncover Montreal's Jewish history and heritage with this walking tour. Stroll through the Plateau neighborhood, where many Jewish people settled in the early 20th century; discover synagogues, schools, hospitals, and cultural hubs built by the settlers, and hear how they helped shape the face of modern Montreal.

Ages 0-99, max of 20 per group
Duration: 2h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Uncover stories of Montreal's Jewish history and heritage
  • Stroll through the city streets hearing stories of its Jewish population
  • Choose a morning or afternoon tour to suit your schedule
  • Get insights into local culture and history from your guide

  • Local guide
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


Start:
  • 3961 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y4, Canada
    We will meet you just in front of 3961 Boul. Saint-Laurent (intersection Napoleon). Please note that while we are running outdoor food and walking tours, the museum's interior space is currently closed.
End:
  • 3919 Rue Clark, Montréal, QC H2W 1W5, Canada
    Outside of 3919 Rue Clark (Intersection of Clark and Bagg)

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 14992P2

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Tour begins outside of 3961 Boul. Saint-Laurent (intersection Napoleon)
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 14992P2

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  • You'll start at
    3961 Boul. Saint-Laurent
    3961 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y4, Canada
    We will meet you just in front of 3961 Boul. Saint-Laurent (intersection Napoleon). Please note that while we are running outdoor food and walking tours, the museum's interior space is currently closed.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Museum of Jewish Montreal
    Stop: 10 minutes
    Please note that while we are running outdoor food and walking tours, the museum's interior space is currently closed.
    Read more
    Pass by
    Plateau Mont-Royal
    Saint Laurent Boulevard
  • You'll end at
    3919 Rue Clark
    3919 Rue Clark, Montréal, QC H2W 1W5, Canada
    Outside of 3919 Rue Clark (Intersection of Clark and Bagg)
    See address & details
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  • Museum of Jewish Montreal
    374
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Joined in June 2014
  • paulo954
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Walking Tour
    Great tour. Guide was extremely knowledgeable, and gave us a fascinating view of Jewish History in Montreal. I would highly recommend this tour. Knowledge and some exercise all in one package. I would definitely take this tour again.
    Written October 9, 2023
  • rhonsac
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour if you can find it (don’t book through TripAdvisor)
    Great tour. We would go with 5-stars, but booking through TripAdvisor was a big mistake. We never received a departure point and held up the tour for 20 minutes. Fortunately, someone from the tour called looking for us and told us where to meet the group. Book directly from the Jewish Museum. The tour itself was lots of fun. Recommend skipping breakfast that day. We had food from 2 bakeries, 2 bagel places and a half sandwich of smoked meat from Schwartz’s. Definitely a great tour to take.
    Written August 30, 2023
  • Steve E
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walk and eat!
    Come hungry! You get a lot of delicious food. Interesting and fun afternoon. Lots of Jewish history in Montreal.
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Bob S
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Urban immersion at its most delicious!
    Starting at the Rialto Theater, Samara expertly and professionally lead 12 of us through an up close and personal exploration of Montreal's Jewish history and culture, from the perspective of cuisine. From sweet baked goods like Cheese Crowns and Chocolate Babka, to the two premier examples of the legendary Montreal bagel, and finally to specialty sandwiches and smoked meat, this tour was an absolute delight! Paced perfectly, we walked, we learned and we snacked --- it was wonderful.
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Alan304
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sarah the guide was very knowledgeable and patient
    The tour covers an interesting and little-known history. The buildings highlighted on the tour are supplemented with photos.
    Written August 12, 2023
  • CasaBallena
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful way to experience Montreal’s Jewish food culture!
    This is one great event ! Our guide was so knowledgeable- and shared her love of the city and Montreal’s rich Jewish food history with great enthusiasm! Come hungry- from babka to smoked meat, and everything in between- you’ll learn and eat a lot!! Thank you Molly!
    Written August 12, 2023
  • Consumerlady
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Little Walking/A Little Eating
    Had a great time and learned a lot about Montreal’s Jewish community through history and food. Our guide, Ashley, was well informed about the neighborhoods and their businesses and was a gracious host for our group at each of our stops.
    Written August 8, 2023
  • zeamoon888
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful! Do it :)
    We did a walking tour of Jewish Montreal and it was a wonderful way to learn and to meet other people interested in the topics. Our guide Claire was excellent, and somehow made it all feel like a walking party! Highly recommend!
    Written August 8, 2023
  • 488lindaf
    0 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Please Improve This Tour
    Sad to say that this was possibly the worst food tour that I've ever been on. It was much too long, the guide read from a binder the entire time, and much of the food offered (as we mostly stood around on a sidewalk) was mediocre and packaged. Honestly, if they can't find or train engaging and knowlegable people to do this kind of work, they shouldn't be offering these tours. I felt like I wasted my time and money. I've been on many food tours and you typically stop at restaurants for bites and drinks, with commentary from the restaurant owners. And, the tour guide knows their stuff-that's a given. This was just ridiculous.
    Written July 20, 2023
  • CheetoandBuddy
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fun walking and eating tour.
    Lots of fun with Samira as our guide. She told us lots about the Jewish community and it’s history in Montreal. The food was terrific. Samira had it waiting for us, so no waiting in the long lines. It was nearly 4 hours with a small group of 5 people. We enjoyed it!
    Written July 16, 2023
  • 325stewarts
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tasty tour of Jewish Montreal.
    Very enjoyable tour. Always like the group of attendees that share their stories and experiences. The content was as advertised. The guide should not read from the script. Her knowledge of the subject should allow for her to impart the important facts. I didn’t find the showing of pictures was necessary.
    Written July 9, 2023
  • sharongC2023GE
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Information and humour in just the right balance.
    Our tour guide Ms. Seal, was excellent with just the right balance of knowledge, humour and information to keep us interested the whole way through the tour. Would recommend to visitors of any age or religion, or none, as an insight into the history of one of the many immigrant groups that gave settled in Canada.
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Ariane R
    0 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tour guide read word for word from a script
    The tour guide was a college student who read the entire tour off a script she carried with her. She didn’t know much beyond that script and mispronounced several Jewish words. For most of the stops, she went in and got the food for us, which we ate outside, sometimes in an alley next to smelly rotting garbage. The final stop was at a deli where we were each handed a sandwich, pickle, and can of soda, which we were expected to juggle and eat on a busy sidewalk. At only one stop were we allowed to go inside and sit down. I’ve been on better and more interesting food tours in other cities. Maybe save your money unless you have nothing else to do or just want to make a donation to the museum.
    Written June 29, 2023
  • travelizity
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great insights from a local's perspective
    Hannah was very knowledgeable and had great knowledge of the area history and subject matter. We learned a ton of great facts on our walk, and visited a number of interesting sites that we would like to come back to. It was an incredibly useful addition to our time in the area and it is highly recommended.
    Written May 28, 2023
  • Eric M
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Tour
    Our tour guide, Hanna gave us an excellent tour! Very knowledgeable and informative. We highty recommend Hanna and this tour!
    Written May 8, 2023
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Mrs. Big
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Romy was an upbeat, knowledgeable, and friendly tour guide. We learned a lot about the history of Jewish people and businesses in the area. Two hours was plenty of time, would not want it any longer. Thank you and we wish you well in your studies!
Written August 12, 2023
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Hi there, Thanks so much for this positive review! We are glad to read that you had a great time on our walking tour. Thank you for your support and interest! We hope to see you very soon! - MJM Team
Written August 14, 2023
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gerb0044
Minneapolis, MN82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
I highly recommend this informative tour. Our guide Kathy was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Even a pouring rain didn't spoil our experience :) If you are interested in this particular part of history - this is the tour to go on.
Written July 19, 2023
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Hi there, Thanks so much for this positive review! We are glad to read that you had a great time on our walking tour. Thank you for your support and interest! We hope to see you very soon! - MJM Team
Written July 20, 2023
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BostonCPA
New Orleans, LA18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great tour of the history of the Jews in Montreal. Our tour guide Josh was awesome. Highly recommend this tour.
Written September 29, 2018
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BrendaGewurz
Montreal, Canada7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
Both the guide and the content were great. Guide was so knowledgeable and interesting and the material was interesting for both tourists and montrealers.
Written November 8, 2017
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Steve T
Los Angeles, CA48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
The history of the Jewish migration to Montreal is a great story. In many respects mirrors the tail of migration to the US. Canada, like the US, a country which welcomed immigrants which made both countries great.
Written September 11, 2019
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Hello! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We hope to see you at other tours in the future!
Written February 8, 2020
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Carol L
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We really enjoyed our tour of Jewish Montreal with Cassandra today. She was well-informed, with period photos to show the things we couldn’t see....like the inside of an old synagogue, a garment factory, and faces of important people. There was even a photo of two child cantors who travelled the synagogue circuit. Cassandra had a lot of local knowledge of the Jewish population as well as the city as a whole to share, and it was a delightful two + hours. Some of the streets are amazingly lovely, and the murals are memorable. We learned about the health, education, and cultural assimilation or lack thereof of the Jewish settlers, from 1760 - after WWII. Take the tour...you’ll be happy you did!
Written August 17, 2019
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Hi and thank you for the detailed review! We are very glad that you enjoyed the walking tour and the topics covered. We would love to see you at one of our other tours!
Written February 9, 2020
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fedtravelerfun
Washington105 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Cassandra was our tour guide. She is an intern at the Jewish museum. She did her best, but was obviously green when it came to conducting tours. She showed us empty lots, repurposed buildings and had a book to provide references and pictures to what she covered.
Written August 9, 2019
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Peggi C
Montreal, Canada9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
A great way for Montrealers to learn more about their city, and for out-of-towners to get a sense of the history of the 'two solitudes', the neighbourhood, the immigrant experience, and more. Max, our guide, deftly handled our large group (about 16 people) and made it conversational, as well as instructive. The group was a large mix of ages and origins, but it seemed as if everyone was engaged in the talk. We actually saw some sights that I, a native Montrealer, was not aware of.
Written August 1, 2019
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Hello Peggi! Thank you for the nice review and for joining us on our walking tour. We are glad to hear that you found it informative and engaging.
Written March 1, 2020
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JayB
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Friends
As part of a congregational group tour of Montreal we took the the two walking tours of Montreal Jewish History: Making Their Mark with Josh and Rabbis, Radicals and Writers with Trish, Both tours were engaging and very informative with visits to various sites in the Plateau and Mile End neighborhoods linked to local Jewish history,, culture, social and religious themes. Both guides were enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The Museum is a very small space but the organization emphasizes it's tours and online presence. Overall, a worthy effort deserving of support.
Written October 2, 2018
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janisdubin
Philadelphia, PA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a great walking tour. If we didn’t take this tour, we might have simply passed through this neighborhood without knowing the rich history of the Jews of Montreal. Our guide Ben was so friendly and informative. He told us the museum is only 3 years old and I am so glad we were able to join this tour and support the
Museum. There is also a gift shop with a nice book selection, as well as restroom, tables and refreshments. We highly recommend!!!
Written August 17, 2018
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