Early booking offer – Reserve your tour before April 30th, 2023 and receive -15% off discount.
Apply the following discount code at checkout: DETOUR15
Duration: 2 hours
# of people: 10
Season: All Year
Take in impressive and varied architecture throughout the city, including the Bank of Montreal, City Hall, and the Notre-Dame Basilica – the most stunning church in Montreal!
Travel back in time as we learn about Montreal’s founding and the many important eras of history that followed
Enjoy a tailored tour experience as your amazing certified Montreal guide answers any and all questions and tells you little-known facts and personal insights about the city and culture of Montreal
Get insider tips from your guide, who will point out their fave places along the way and ensure you leave with plenty of suggestions & recommendations for making your Montreal trip a memorable one!
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Get To Know Old Montreal With a Passionate Local Guide
Join us for our top-rated walking tour of Old Montreal! A visit to the city’s enchanting heritage district is a must on any trip to Montreal. Brimming with centuries of stories and characters, Montreal’s oldest neighbourhood is best discovered on foot. On this Old Montreal walking tour, we’ll introduce you to all the historical highlights and fascinating beginnings that have contributed to making Montreal the unique, fun and diverse city that it is today. Come armed with your comfy walking shoes, camera, curiosity, and questions, and you’ll leave with a deeper appreciation for this beautiful metropolis.
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Pricing & Logistics
$49.00 CAD/per person + taxes & fees
10:30 am / 1:30 pm (additional times may be added according to demand)
Every day, year-round
Max of 10
- Your certified guide’s expertise as a local Montrealer
- A personal list of recommendations for things to see, do, and eat in Montreal
- A tiny treat and a unique parting gift
- Gratuities (recommended – merci!) — Although optional, a tip/gratuity for your guide is customary and very appreciated.
- Please note that we do not go inside the Notre-Dame Basilica
Your MTL Detours guide will meet you outside Marché Saint Laurent boutique & café. The shop is located on the ground floor of the Edifice Aldred (tall beige-stone building) on the edge of Place d’Armes Square.
Please note, we ask that all guests arrive at least 10 minutes before the tour start time. As our tours begin on time, latecomers may not be able to join the tour.
Our meeting location is just 5 minutes from the Place d’Armes metro station (subway) on the Orange metro line.
This tour ends at Bonsecours Market, a 12-15 minute walk from the starting point.
This tour has an age minimum of 12 years old. Please check out our private tour option to include guests under 12.
What to bring
- A camera or cell phone for taking photos
- Water to stay hydrated
- Weather-appropriate clothing, which may include:
- A hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
- Umbrella or poncho
- Warm clothing in winter:
- hat, mittens/gloves, scarf, etc.
As this is a walking tour, comfy footwear is essential!
- hat, mittens/gloves, scarf, etc.
About your guide
All MTL Detours guides are trained, certified, and licensed with the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec and the Association professionnelle des guides touristiques, as required by the City of Montreal.
Check out our About Us for more info on each of our amazing guides!
What We'll See On This Tour
This walking tour of Old Montreal kicks off when you meet one of our awesome certified guides outside Marché Saint Laurent cafe and boutique. This cozy shop and coffee spot is just a 5-minute walk from the Place-d’Armes metro station. If you arrive early, we recommend grabbing a tasty coffee or snack and browsing the unique local souvenirs!
After an intro from your guide, we’ll head to Place d’Armes, one of Old Montreal’s central public squares, where your friendly Montreal tour guide will share some of the history of this centuries-old square with you. We’ll admire the architecture from different eras, a particular highlight being the stunning Notre-Dame Basilica.
From Place d’Armes, we’ll visit the city’s old financial district, admire the buildings of the old “Wall Street of Canada”, and visit the inside of a re-purposed bank!
Continuing on, we’ll head to Montreal’s Museum of Archaeology and History, the Pointe-à-Callière Museum. At the location of the archaeology museum, you’ll soak up the history of where the French colony of Ville-Marie (Montreal) first began back in 1642. As a bonus, we might take you to admire a little-known and exclusive viewpoint of the Old Port of Montreal.
Next, we head to Rue Saint-Paul, the oldest street in the city. Once Montreal’s main road, we’ll twist and turn along this narrow commercial artery, which is today studded with cafés, restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries. We’ll take a detour from the main street at some point to show you the courtyard where Montreal’s very first hospital was built, before heading back to Saint Paul Street.
The detours don’t end there! We’ll hit some back alleys as your guide tells you about the lively jazz, club, and burlesque scenes of the early 20th century, which gave Montreal it’s nickname “Sin City”. Then we head to Place Jacques-Cartier to learn about the old marketplace and its current reputation as the heart and soul of Old Montreal.
On the final leg of our walking tour of Old Montreal, we’ll see City Hall and Chateau Ramezay, travelling back in time as we learn about the French regime era and Montreal’s political scene.
Lastly, we’ll visit Marché Bonsecours, once the main public market in the city, to hear stories about this impressive edifice with its huge silver dome and also the neighbouring Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel. You’ll part ways with your guide here, but not without leaving you with some amazing tales from history, personal recommendations for the rest of your Montreal trip, and a new appreciation for Canada’s second-most populous city.
Our tours are offered in English by default. If you’re looking for a tour in French, please contact us or check our private tours option to make arrangements. Merci beaucoup!
The minimum age to attend is 12 years old. Please contact us or check our private tours option to schedule a tour with younger kids.
This tour runs in all weather – rain, shine, or snow! However, we occasionally have to cancel a tour in the event of extreme or violent weather (severe thunderstorms, freezing rain, high winds, or major snowstorm, for example). Should this occur, you will be offered another date or a full refund. Please monitor your messages/email if inclement weather is expected.
Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions! Most of the tour will be outside, with the possibility of 1-2 quick stops inside (if necessary).
Cancellation policy: Our tours are 100% refundable up to 48 hours before the tour start time. If you cancel less than 48 hours ahead of time or do not show up for the date and time that you booked, unfortunately, any sums paid will be 100% non-refundable. No-shows, bookings for incorrect dates/times and late arrivals are not eligible for refunds. We can try to fit you onto another tour, pending availability, but cannot guarantee this option. If you can't make it, please contact us in advance to notify of your absence.