Guided Old Montreal Walking Tour
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Follow an expert guide through Montreal’s top historical sites on this walking tour. Learn about the city’s French and English colonial roots, visit the spot where the city was founded, and more along the way.
- Historical experience
- View architectural wonders
- Learn about colonial Montreal
- Photo opportunities
What’s included in the tour
- Expert guide
About This Montreal Tour
Begin this walking tour from the very spot where Montreal was founded, Place d’Youville. You’ll explore the reasons why Iroquois tribe members, fur traders, and Sulpician priests chose to make this place their home, as well as how urban planning affected the city’s growth. The walk will also introduce you to the nature of the ecclesiastical presence in the city and the competing power structures of Jesuits and Récollets. Your guide will further discuss the importance of the fur trade, the fierce competition between the North West Company and the Hudson Bay Company, and the trade patterns that once existed under British rule.
You’ll then continue the tour to Saint-Jacques Street, known as the "Wall Street of Canada" in the early 20th century. You’ll take a look at the rise of Canadian financial institutions, illustrated by buildings like the magnificent former banking hall of the Royal Bank of Canada. The street also includes the Montreal World Trade Center and a restoration project from 1992, which won prizes for integrating old facades with new buildings.
The next part of this walking experience will take you to Place d'Armes. This is one of the top most important sites in all of Old Montreal with places like the Notre-Dame Basilica, the Sulpician seminary, the headquarters of the Bank of Montreal, and a collection of the best architecture from the 17th to the 20th century. Towards the end of the tour, you’ll have a comprehensive understanding of Montreal’s colonial history, from the fur trade, to the urban and industrial forces that have shaped the city into the cultural epicenter that it is today.
Please meet at the entrance of the Pointe-a-Calliere Museum of Archeology and History, located at 350 Place Royale at least 15 minutes prior to departure time.
Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather.
Buildings, museums, streets, and monuments can sometimes close without notice due to labor strikes, structural problems, or other civic disturbances.
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.
Walking Tour, Cultural
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.
Travelers must be 13 years of age and older to participate.
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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