Private Montreal Multicultural History Tour
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
- More than a guide: Even by GoBe standards, your tour leader is special. These “docents” (from the Latin for “teacher”) are Ph.D. and M.A. scholars who have spent years studying the city’s culture and history.
- Your group, your tour: With no more than 6 people per tour, you’ll get personal attention from your docent and the opportunity to customize your tour length and route to your group’s passions.
- Multicultural Montreal: From Jewish synagogues to the red and gold pagoda archway over Chinatown to the charming Portugal Park, many of the city’s neighborhoods have ethnic enclaves representing communities the world over.
About This Montreal Tour
As a city in Canada founded by French traders, Montreal was destined to be diverse. But as you’ll find out during this immersive experience, the cultural influences on Quebec’s capital go far beyond Europe.
Your journey begins in Chinatown. In the late 19th century, over 15,000 Chinese workers helped build the Canadian Pacific Railway. The ones who settled here in Montreal opened shops and restaurants, bringing culture to their new homes. Of particular note is the Wing Building, an 1862 commercial property that’s been a military school, warehouse, and factory but is now home to a fortune cookie manufacturer.
Montreal’s Jewish community is another important thread in the fabric of its culture. Over 100,000 ethnic Jews live here, from places like Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Their influence is especially apparent in local food; you’ll walk down the famous Sherbrooke Street, where it’s easy to grab a classic Jewish dish like a bagel or smoked meat sandwich, the kind you might find in a New York City deli.
You’ll see lots of other ethnic neighborhoods, including the Portuguese district, where modern immigrants continue to make their mark on Montreal. Like the world’s other great cities, this place was created by a distinct combination of cultural influences that’s easy to see on a casual stroll. Thanks to your knowledgeable, experienced docent, on this tour you’ll also understand it.
Please meet in the lobby of your downtown-area hotel or a nearby central location. Let us know the name of your hotel when you reserve this tour so we know where to meet you. Your local expert awaits with a GoBe sign with your name.
Plan to walk for approximately 2 miles at a gentle pace. This itinerary can be modified for your private group to accommodate wheelchairs and those with limited mobility. Let us know ahead of time at Hello@GoBe.com.
Walking Tour, Cultural, Private Tour
Public transportation may be used from time to time. Have local currency available for tickets. Your tour may involve walking only.
Ph.D. or MA-level scholar guide
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages. Traveling with children 12 years of age and younger? Tell us their ages and interests during the booking process so we can match you with the best guide.
Special Medical Restriction
If you use a folding wheelchair, we'll do our best to accommodate you with at least 7 days advanced notice, providing you have someone along to assist you. Email us at Hello@GoBe.com. Accessibility at all venues cannot be guaranteed.
Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide.
Choose your date and time very carefully. Only a portion of this tour is refundable from the time of booking; within 72 hours of operation, it is fully non-refundable.
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