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History Walking Tour of Old Montreal
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History Walking Tour of Old Montreal

By Guidatour Private Tours
Recommended by 94% of travellers
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Get an insider’s take on Old Montreal during this guided walking tour, which lets you leave the navigating to someone else. Choose a shorter walk of either the east or west sides or a longer walk that covers both. Through your guide’s commentary, come to understand the history, culture, and architecture of the city. Highlights include the Notre-Dame Basilica, Champ de Mars, City Hall, Bonsecours Market, and Place Jacques-Cartier.
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C$29.00
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C$29.00
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Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
Duration: 1h 30m
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Mobile ticket
English, French

Highlights
  • Choose between east, west, or full Old Montreal walking tour
  • Leave the directions and logistics to your guide while you focus on the sights
  • Pass by highlights such as Notre-Dame Basilica, one of Old Montreal's must-see sights
  • In-depth commentary from your guide about Montreal's history

  • Certified guide services
  • Local taxes
What's not included
  • Gratuities

When booking, choose between the east-side (mid-morning departure) or west-side (early afternoon departure) tour. Alternatively, you can book both, which gives you a break for an independent lunch. Meet at the Place d'Armes, where your guide will give you an orientation before your tour starts. Learn about Quebec’s rich religious heritage, and admire the building’s impressive stained-glass windows. From there, set out on foot through the streets of Old Montreal, leaving navigation to your guide. Listen to commentary on the city’s history, architecture, art, and culture as you visit highlights such as Sulpician Seminary, the Champ de Mars, City Hall, St.-Jacques Street, Place Jacques-Cartier, and  Place Royale. End up at the domed public market, Bonsecours Market, which is more than 100 years old. From there, you can explore further on your own with your guide’s suggestions.

Departure details
  • Place d'Armes & Notre-Dame Street West, Pl. d'Armes & Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal, QC H2Y 2W2, Canada Meet your guide at the southwest corner of Place d'Armes, the corner on your front right when you are facing the church (intersection of Notre-Dame West & Place d'Armes). Plus Code: GC3V+Q5V Montréal, Québec.
Return details
  • Bonsecours Market Street, Bonsecours Market St, Montreal, QC H2Y, Canada Old Montréal East ends near Bonsecours Market
  • Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History, 350 Pl. Royale, Montréal, QC H2Y 3Y5, Canada Old Montréal West ends near Pointe-à-Callière Museum

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3321WALK

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • This tour operates year-round
  • When doing both East & West tours on the same day, please note that the first tour starts at 11:00 a.m. and the second one at 1:30 p.m. You will have a 1-hour break in between both tours and you will end at 3:00 p.m.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

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

A note from History Walking Tour of Old Montreal
  • Our guides who are sick, showing COVID-19 related symptoms, awaiting a diagnosis, have been in contact with a probable/confirmed case in the last 5 days or in quarantine for any other reasons are not allowed to work.
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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What is the History Walking Tour of Old Montreal cancellation policy?
History Walking Tour of Old Montreal cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book History Walking Tour of Old Montreal on Tripadvisor
Which company provides History Walking Tour of Old Montreal?
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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: 3321WALK

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Place d'Armes & Notre-Dame Street West
    Pl. d'Armes & Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal, QC H2Y 2W2, Canada
    Meet your guide at the southwest corner of Place d'Armes, the corner on your front right when you are facing the church (intersection of Notre-Dame West & Place d'Armes). Plus Code: GC3V+Q5V Montréal, Québec.
    See address & details
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    Old Montreal
    Stop: 2 hours
    Your tour will be spent exploring the sights and attractions of Old Montreal
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    Pass by
    Notre-Dame Basilica
    Place d'Armes
    Place Jacques-Cartier
    City Hall
    Rue St-Paul
    Bonsecours Market (Marche Bonsecours)
    Champ-de-Mars
  • You'll end at
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251jeanetteb
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Great guided tour of Old Montreal
Great tour with wonderful guide, Stamatia. Extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the city she lives in and
S6560SAlindaw
S6560SAlindaw
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Great time
Had an excellent tour, learned a lot. Saw all the most important locations, guide was fun and helpful! She took us
mollymB4286EB
mollymB4286EB
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A great way to see Old Montreal
My husband and I loved our walking tour a few weeks ago with Bruno! It was so informative and we loved the flexibil
187ahuval
187ahuval
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A must for anyone visiting Montreal
It was the perfect way to start our family experience in Montreal. Martin, our guide, showed us around Old Montreal
BearX220
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An Enthusiastic Insider Full of Insight
Our guide was enthusiastic, highly knowledgeable, and most pleasant -- an ideal ambassador for Montreal. And he's p
W6043ELanner
W6043ELanner
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Old City of Montreal East & West
What a wonderful guide Tomas is. Great story teller very interesting history of the city. We received lots of infor
Mary Smith J
Mary Smith J
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Old Montreal Tour for Just Us
Great tour! We learned so much about Montreal’s founding. Highly recommend. Even in pouring down snow! Our guide (I
Martha F
Martha F
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Montreal
The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Pointed out several things to visit later. He made some wonderful ea
Traveler729287
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Great Tour of Old Montreal
We had a great private walking tour of Old Montreal with Pierre. He covered a lot of ground, giving us lots of hist
maxc999
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I would highly recommend!
Frederick did a great job describing the rich history of Montreal and took us to several locations along the way.
508dawnn
508dawnn
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Great tour!
Our tour guide was amazing- so knowledgeable and fun! She not only gave us a great tour, but she gave us suggestion
658asmab
658asmab
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Tour Guide did not live up to expectations :(
We were really excited for this walking tour but it unfortunately was not entertaining or educational. We also iron
Jfg2482
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Passionate and knowledgeable guide.
Guide was knowledgeable and friendly. He was passionate about the history of the region. Great tour!
StefanieS1295
StefanieS1295
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Definite rainy day activity
Laura was a terrific tour guide. Who knew the Montreal Underground City was so vast. A definite to do if the weath
beatlebus
beatlebus
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Excellent overview of Montreal
Our tour guide Robert was very knowledgeable about the history of Montreal. He was thorough and passionate about hi
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James S
44 contributions
We have found that these walking tours are one of the best ways to learn the history of a city that you don’t know. You have the benefit of a talented guide, who is also someone who probably grew up and lives in the area. In our case our guide was Pierre. His intimate knowledge and professional presentation made the day most enjoyable. There is a lot of history packed into an area that is about a kilometer long, and a half kilometer wide. Pierre made that history come alive. You will also get the best advice on where to eat, and which areas to explore further. We signed up for the full tour. The three and a half hour investment more than paid for itself. The morning and afternoon sessions last about an hour and a half. You will take an hour break between to recharge and relax. In this way you explore both the east and west sides of Old Montreal. Booking the full tour saves money over booking the east and west tours separately.
Written July 8, 2022
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GuidatourGuidedTours
Hello James! Yes, Pierre is truly an attentive guide and we will be sure to pass on your thoughtful compliments to him. Thanks also for pointing out that by booking both tours together, you can save money (whether you do them on the same day or not!). All the best,
Written July 12, 2022
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Wenrui Y
San Diego, CA98 contributions
Today I joined both East and West side tour for Old Montreal with Elise. She is really knowledgeable about the history of the city and is super fun explaining the history. She also made lots of recommendations for people from lookout at the Museum to restaurants to eat at. Highly recommend the tour if you want to learn more about the history of the city while getting your steps in.
Written August 5, 2022
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GuidatourGuidedTours
Hello! Thanks for the lovely review, and for letting us know how awesome Elise is. We'll be sure to pass on the compliments! All the best,
Written August 20, 2022
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Kay
Oakland, CA7 contributions
Jul. 2022
We did the afternoon only portion of this tour, as we already had experienced much of the area covered in the morning. Our guide Elise was fantastic, very knowledgeable and kept a good pace, sharing with us historical and architectural details of the various buildings and areas. She also gave great coffee shop recommendations! The highlight was taking us to the observation deck in the archaeological museum, which we were able to do because we had a smaller group; wonderful views of the port and surrounding areas. Great tour, highly recommend it!
Written July 31, 2022
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GuidatourGuidedTours
Hi Kay, Very happy you enjoyed the afternoon tour and some of the city's better coffee shops. (Recommending restaurants and coffee shops is an art!) We will let Elise know she was appreciated. Best,
Written August 1, 2022
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JOSEPH
Montreal, Canada6 contributions
History walking tour of Montreal was a very enlightening experience. I'm new to Montreal and wanted to know about it's heritage. I got this reference and ticket reservation from Trip advisor.

The tour was well managed. The guide was awesome. He took active interest in ensuring we had a great experience. The tour qas organized into small groups of about 10 people and two separate tours for eastern and western sides of old Montreal. I would recommend people to take both as it will give a complete view of the history and cultural legacy of the city.

I would suggest this tour as a starting point to anyone interesting in exploring more about Montréal and Canadian history and its cultural heritage.
Written September 27, 2021
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GuidatourGuidedTours
Bonjour, Thank you so much for this very positive and extensive review about both of our tours of Old Montréal. We are delighted to hear that you thought it was very enlightening. Best regards!
Written October 4, 2021
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Victoria S
Sebastopol, CA53 contributions
Aug. 2022
We elected to take both the East and West tours which were 1 1/2 hours each, broken up with one hour for lunch. Our guide provided us with an overview of Montreal's history and went into detail depending upon where we were and what buildings we were looking at. Matthieu was a French speaking native of the area, but his English was perfectly understandable. We learned a lot of things that we didn't know. The walking isn't fast paced or difficult, however, there are cobblestoned streets in Old Montreal, so good walking shoes are a must.
Written September 1, 2022
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GuidatourGuidedTours
Hi Victoria, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a thoughtful review. You are absolutely right, comfortable walking shoes are a must in Old Montréal! Here's hoping to see you again in Montréal soon. Best,
Written September 6, 2022
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ecurb54
Lewiston, ME6 contributions
Our guide was Thomas and he was very pleasant with a good sense of humor and lots of back stories about the city. He was able to keep my 16 year old grandsons attention for over 90 minutes. That is no small feat! I have been on many walking tours and Thomas is definitely one of the better guides I have encountered.
Written November 12, 2022
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Wyatt
1 contribution
Nov. 2022 • Friends
Catherine’s energy and passion for the history of MTL was entirely infectious. She is extremely knowledgeable - but more than that - she is a gifted storyteller who embodies charisma and kindness. All this while accommodating her guests in a second language (English). Fantastic experience. Be sure to tip her well!
Written November 20, 2022
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gailedie
Washington DC, DC65 contributions
This was the only tour on Trip Advisor we could book the same day and we were not disappointed. We did both morning and afternoon tours and found them interesting, informative, and essential for understanding the history of the city and its role in the world. If you can, ask for Jo Ann! She was smart, efficient, irreverent and experienced. We have taken countless tours in many cities around the world. This was among the best.
Written September 24, 2022
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GuidatourGuidedTours
High praise indeed! Thank you so much for your kind words. We do agree however that Montreal tour guides are amongst some of the best and we are very happy you enjoyed your time in our city. All the best,
Written October 12, 2022
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Rachel
1 contribution
Aug. 2022 • Couples
We went on the afternoon tour. It was interesting at some points but boring at others. Our guide was nice and knowledgeable when asked questions, but was very repetitive and would state the same facts over 3 times. Feels like there was opportunity for more information to be shared rather than the same information 3 times. Also, when walking from site to site, it would have been nice to be learning at that time as well. I think the tour could be improved by adding additional stories about the people who lived in the buildings.
Written August 7, 2022
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GuidatourGuidedTours
Hello, We are sorry to hear that the tour did not quite meet your expectations. If you would be so kind as to contact us directly, we would be happy to get more feedback from you in order to make the appropriate follow up. You can reach us toll free at 1 800 363-4021. Best,
Written August 20, 2022
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Derek B
Vancouver, Canada19 contributions
We did both the east and west tours with just an hour lunch break between. The tours as individuals tours were very good, the guide gave good information although she could get side tracked at times. The one thing I would say is that the two tours back to back were a lot. A lot of walking and a lot of information to try to take in.
I would recommend these tours but not back to back, do them over two days to give yourself time to digest what you’ve seen.
Written June 17, 2022
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GuidatourGuidedTours
Hi Derek, You're absolutely right. Three hours of walking tours in one day is not for everyone! We of course like to offer as much flexibility as possible for those who want to do both and have limited time, but absolutely, you can spread your tour over two days. Thanks for taking the time to provide your feedback and let others know spreading the two tours over two days is an option they might want to consider. All the best,
Written June 24, 2022
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