Montréal’s Golden Square Mile: 19th Century Glitz & Glamour – Private Tour

This fascinating tour takes place at the foot of Mount Royal and on its slopes, plunges us into the heart of the 19th century when Montreal was living its Golden Age and was therefore considered the Canadian metropolis. During this period, the wealthiest individuals in the country lived in this area and built sumptuous and opulent palaces that resembled medieval castles, Tuscan villas, etc… During this tour, you will see many of these magnificent bourgeois residences, but above all, your guide will tell you the savory, amusing, surprising and sometimes even tragic stories and anecdotes that lie behind these majestic structures. You will pass by McGill University campus and will also discover where the most wealthy Canadian of the mid-19th century, Sir Hugh Allan, lived. It’s a real trip back in time where you can relive the glory days of Montreal!

Duration: 2 hours
Price: starting at $250 CAD

(Photo Credit: Rue Sainte-Catherine. – 5 mai 1964. Photo par Louis-Philippe Meunier. VM94-A0144-029. Archives de la Ville de Montréal.)

Montreal: Sin City & The Red Light – Private Tour

While prohibition and the temperance movement put a damper on the early 20th century in the United States and elsewhere in Canada, the booze kept flowing freely in Montreal and we quickly became known as “Sin City” and “Paris of the North”. Thirsty folk, particularly Americans, flocked to Montreal to savour in the notorious nightlife, anything goes attitudes and raucous times. Our cabarets and Jazz clubs were famous and attracted talented musicians the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Count Basie, amongst others. Brothels, crime and bootlegging were rampant. Whatever the vice or pleasure, it could be found in Montreal. Dancers, singers, mobsters, prostitutes, bookies, musicians, strippers, gamblers and cops all rubbed elbows in the old Red Light District. Book this fascinating private tour to learn about this entertaining era of history in the unique city of Montreal!

Duration: 2 hours
Price: starting at $250 CAD

Montreal Murals & Street Art – Private Tour

Montreal has become one of the top destinations in the world to admire murals and street art. Partly thanks to the annual Montreal Mural Festival and the MU organization, new pieces keep going up every year resulting in a vast selection of works that grace the walls of this vibrant city. You will see a variety of works as you zigzag along main roads, side streets and back laneways. You will learn about the messages, methods and meanings behind the art – and importantly about the artists themselves. Join your fun & engaging local guide on an adventure through Montreal’s open air urban art gallery!

Duration: 2 hours
Price: starting at $250 CAD

Looking for a Customized MTL Detours Private Tour Just for You?

Though our default group tours are offered in English, sign up for a private tour, and you’ll have the option for a French-speaking guide (other languages may be possible as well, please inquire)

Need to include children younger than 12 or accommodate guests with different physical capabilities? Our private tours can be tailored to your group’s needs and interests!

Simply looking for a tour for a private group of friends or corporate team-building activity with a custom itinerary made just for your group? Contact us today!

Can’t bear parting ways with your canine companion? Let us know ahead of time, and we can tailor your private tour to be a dog-friendly one

If you’re looking for a customized, tailor-made experience perfectly curated just for you, you’re in the right place. Whether you’re interested in architecture, food, public art & murals, industrial heritage, or just straight up history – we’ve got you covered. Please send a message with your wish list, and we’ll get back to you with the next steps for planning your Montreal private tour with MTL Detours.