History Walking Tour of Old Montreal

Montréal, Canada

From USD 22.10

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Visit Montreal’s historic centerpiece on this guided walking tour of Old Montreal. Discover the history, heritage, architecture and culture in this, the oldest area of the city of Montreal, dating back to New France. Choose between a shorter tour around either the east or west sides of Old Montreal or a longer tour around both. See famous sites such as Notre-Dame Basilica, Place Jacques-Cartier, Bonsecours Market, Montreal City Hall and Champ de Mars, to name a few.
  • Walking tour of Old Montreal with a knowledgeable local guide
  • See Notre-Dame Basilica, City Hall, Bonsecours Market and more
  • Hear stories and facts about the city's rich history, culture and architecture
  • Choose from three different itineraries to suit your preferences (East only, West only or the Combo)
  • The East tour, offered twice daily at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m, includes major historic sites such as the Bonsecours Market, the exterior of Notre-Dame Basilica, Bonsecours Street and its chapel or Place Jacques-Cartier.The West Tour, meanwhile, takes place everyday at 1:30 p.m. and provides you an opportunity to delve into Montréal’s economic effervescence of the 19th century and witness the dynamism of the metropolis today

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

Get an overview of Old Montreal on a walking tour of some of the city's top sights.

What's Included

  • Certified guide services
  • Local taxes
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Place d'Armes & Notre-Dame Street West
    Pl. d'Armes & R. 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.

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What To Expect

Choose to explore the east or west side of Old Montreal on a short tour, or select both the east and west sides on an extended adventure.

Meet the guide and the rest of the tour group near the famous Notre-Dame Basilica, at the southwest corner of the Place d'Armes, to begin this walking tour of Old Montreal, the historic centerpiece of this largest city in Quebec.

Notre-Dame Basilica is widely recognized as one of the most impressive landmarks in the world. It’s one of the crown jewels in Quebec's rich religious heritage and a focal point in Montreal’s history. In fact, the original stained-glass windows here paint a story of Montréal’s religious history.

Moving along, learn about this city’s rich history, French heritage, architecture and culture while roaming the maze of narrow streets. Visit some of Old Montreal’s public squares, like Place d’Armes, Place Royale and Place Jacques-Cartier, witnessing the monuments and works of art on display there. 

Other points of interest include the 5-story Montreal City Hall; Champ de Mars, a public park that used to be the site of Montreal’s city walls; the former “Wall Street” of Canada, St-Jacques Street; and no visit to Old Montreal is complete without a picture of the Sulpician Seminary, the oldest building of the historic district.

The tour concludes at Bonsecours Market, a 2-story, domed public market which has served as Montreal's main public market for more than 100 years.

Old Montreal

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Notre-Dame Basilica (Pass By)

Place d'Armes (Pass By)

Place Jacques-Cartier (Pass By)

City Hall (Pass By)

Rue St-Paul (Pass By)

Bonsecours Market (Marche Bonsecours) (Pass By)

Champ-de-Mars (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • This tour operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • This tour operates year-round
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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Traveller Tips

Well worth it and the walk is at a reasonable pace, so most people should be able to take this tour.
I would highly recommend for friends and family to explore this beautiful city using the tour service.


1,364 reviews
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Perfect tour
Linda_B, June 2023
A very knowledgeable guide, good meeting place and being on time The duration of the tours was perfect
Family fun!
Kayla_K, June 2023
Our family enjoyed the west tour with Sara! She was super knowledgeable and we learned a lot. Tour was at a great pace for all - thanks Sara!!
East & west tours of old town Montréal.
Jill_D, June 2023
Both of our guides were very informative & personable. They told us the highlights, history & answered any questions.
Great Tour of Old Montreal
Brendan_M, May 2023
Our tour guide Sara was fantastic! She was very knowledgeable about the area and took us into buildings we never would have checked out. Would def recommend to anyone coming to Montreal. Was a great way to break up the afternoon.
Great tour, take it!!
Sally_B, May 2023
Great guide, Catherine. We learned a lot of history and she answered all our questions. Would definitely recommend this tour!!! Yes
Take the Old Montreal tour!
Lara_B, May 2023
We had a great 90min English language tour with JoAnne! We learned a lot about old Montreal history including great stories about cultural and language differences between the English & French. History of the impact and the physical beauty of churches in Montreal too. It was a highly engaging and interesting tour. Can’t recommend it enough!!!
Nice pace full of...
Stephen_A, May 2023
Nice pace full of interesting historical details. Lunch break between morning and afternoon segments is appreciated.
Walking Tour post cruise
Evelyn_S, May 2023
We arrived in Montreal from the Holland America Zaandam Boston to Montreal cruise. We had the day to explore the city before our hotel was ready, so we dropped our bags and booked the morning and afternoon walking tour. We joined Kathryn first for the morning walk. She was very knowledgeable and shared history of the area and we learned so much of how Montreal came to be an ethnically diverse city. We had a short break for lunch and met Thomas for the afternoon walk. Once again was fantastic guide as we learned more of the recent past shaping the city. Very enjoyable way to spend the day and learn about the buildings, people and events of Montreal.
Response from Host, May 2023
Hi Evelyn, Thank you for sharing your experience! We're thrilled that you chose us for both the morning and afternoon walking tours while exploring Montreal. It's fantastic to hear that you had an enjoyable day, and we'll be sure to pass on your positive feedback to Kathryn and Thomas. Best, Guidatour Team
I strongly recommend the walking tours
Helena_H, May 2023
It was a memorable experience! Sarah gave o good idea how life was in old times. History and leisure !
Response from Host, May 2023
Hi Helena, Thank you for the kind words! We're glad you had a memorable experience with Sarah! Best, Guidatour's team
Delightful walking tour.
Sarah_C, May 2023
Great way to see the city and learn some history. This was an easy 1.5 hour walking tour with a knowledgeable guide!
Response from Host, May 2023
Hi Sarah, Thank you for the lovely review! We're glad you enjoyed the Old Montréal walking tour. Hope to see you again soon! Guidatour's team
Cultural & entertaining
Adriana_V, May 2023
Our guide was super nice! I've been to Montréal a few times and I learned a lot of new and interesting things.
Response from Host, May 2023
Hi Adriana, Thanks so much for taking the time to review us! We're very happy you enjoyed the History walking tour of Old Montréal. We look forward to having you on another of our tours soon. Best, Guidatour's team
Pierre, our tour guide,...
Colin_K, Apr 2023
Pierre, our tour guide, was super knowledgeable and social able. We really enjoyed the tour and learned a lot about Montréal.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Hi Colin, We're glad you had a great time and learned a lot about Montréal. We thank you for sharing your positive experience and will certainly let Pierre know about your lovely review! Best, Guidatour's team
A great, fun and all rounded tour. 100% recommend
Macha_d, Feb 2023
Joanna was a great guide with with a lot of insights stories and fun facts about the city. She was very sweet and interactive with the group. Overall a great tour, would definitely recommend for anyone visiting Montreal. Thank you Joanna
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Hi, Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review! We will be sure to pass on your compliments to Joanna. All the best, Guidatour's team
Quick intro into Montréal past and present.
Elena_K, Feb 2023
Great tour to get to know the beautiful city on Montréal. We went on this tour with Elise. She has very warm, bubbling personality. It is not my first time in Montréal, nor my first walking tour here, but Elise covered a lot of info I didn't get in my previous tours. Thanks.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Hi Elena, We're glad you had a great time. We thank you for sharing your positive experience and will certainly let Elise know about your lovely review! Best, Guidatour's team
Great walking tour!
JeanFrancois_L, Dec 2022
It was a wonderful day for a walk, and our guide was very informative. I would highly recommend this walking tour on a nice day.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Hi, Thanks for recommending our Old Montreal walking tour! We're glad you had a wonderful day and found our guide informative. We hope to have you join us again soon! Guidatour's team
The instructor was very...
Tania_A, Dec 2022
The instructor was very kind and friendly , made the tour interesting and thank god for the bus because it was snowing .
Great value and shorter time is good (especially winter months)
Stephanie_L, Dec 2022
The most memorable parts of the tour were learning about the architecture of that part of Montreal, the symbolism of the white pine on the city flag and learning about the beaver fur trade.
Excellent option and friendly guide!
Alishba_A, Dec 2022
Very good option for those looking To explore the city by eating all the best of the best along the way! Very filling Food tour and guide was excellent and accommodating
Yasmine_L, Nov 2022
Love the fact that she was sharing her personal heritage history and her views of old (very restricted without woman’s freedom for the education) vs. current! I Loved it!!!!
Joanne was superb
Manuel_M, Nov 2022
Joanne did a wonderful job of setting the historical background for our walking tour of the English West side of Old Montréal. She was organized, engaging, and funny. I was impressed with how she managed the different members of our tour group. As a professional tour guide myself, I am able to commend Joanne as a top city guide. Well done!

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