Old Montreal History Walking Tour

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From $19.04

41 reviews   (3.12)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 1 hours

Departs: Montreal, Montreal

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Experience the history and progression of Old Montreal on this 1.5-hour walking tour. Follow a guide into off-the-path courtyards and see where the city started in the almost forgotten Place Royale. Stroll through the bustling squares of Place Jacques-Cartier and Place d’Armes, and pass by renovated historic warehouses in Old Port and on rue de la Commune, home to swanky restaurants and tech start-ups. On this tour, see the best of both east and west Old Montreal.

What's Included

Professional guide

What's Not Included


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 4
  • CHILD: Age: 5 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Service animals allowed
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • All areas and surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Please dress according to weather conditions; proper footwear is advised
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible
  • We recommend you bring snacks and water

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • 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.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Old Montreal
Meet your knowledgeable guide at a central café in Old Montreal for your 1.5-hour walking tour that combines top attractions located in both eastern and western Old Montreal.

1 hours • Admission Ticket Free

Place Jacques-Cartier
Stroll through the cobbled square of Place Jacques-Cartier, lined with cafes and street performers, and learn about the 1809 monument commemorating Lord Nelson's defeat of Napoléon Bonaparte at Trafalgar.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Place d'Armes
Carry on to Place d’Armes

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Notre-Dame Basilica
You’ll find the Gothic Revival architecture of Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, inaugurated in 1829.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Rue St-Paul
Discover the grand buildings of finance on Saint-Jacques Street, Montreal’s version of Wall Street, and as you pass the restored historic warehouses along Saint Paul Street, hear about this former center of fur trade.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Pointe-a-Calliere, Montreal Archaeology and History Complex
Visit Place Royale, a picturesque and quiet square, where you’ll see Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History, built on top of actual remains of the city’s birthplace.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Rue Notre-Dame
Explore Notre-Dame Street, rue de la Commune, and discover hidden courtyards.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Old Port of Montreal
In Old Port, walk along a historic riverfront of maritime facilities, museums, shops and cafes. Your tour ends at the departure point.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Great tour. Our guide enjoyed himself as much as we enjoyed him.
retiringinmind, 03-08-2019
Not really sure, but we think his name was Nash. He had a great personality, humourous and spoke loudly and clearly. There were only 7 of us in the group, which was a great size. Not really sure how this tour, which was cheaper differed from the East and West tours, but we covered a lot of ground, learned a lot and were entertained as well. Well worth the time and money.
Great Tour of Montreal - New and Old
David_R, 03-07-2019
Our guide Alfredo was great. Extremely knowledgeable on the history of Montreal, very unbiased presentation on the city and history of how Montreal has evolved over the last couple centuries. Highly recommended. Has great recommendations for restaurants and things to see.
Highly recommended
Linval_D, 11-08-2018
My daughter and I enjoyed the tour. The guide was well informed, articulate and interesting. We covered a lot of important places. At each place the guide gave us and interesting commentary about thew history and importance of the site. It was worth the time and the cost.
Great tour
miss_blissmom, 06-08-2018
How you like these tours depends greatly on your tour guide. We had Richard. He was great! He gave us a lot of interesting information about Montreal from the French and English perspective, historical places and showed us some interesting restaurants and architecture. He was a very engaging tour guide.
I actually thought when I booked it, I was booking a different tour that included the Basilica. A little bit disappointed this tour did not, but by the time this tour was over, we were ready to sit for awhile. The website needs to offer directions on how to find the Presse Café from the Basilica. If you aren't familiar with the city, you have to depend on the kindness of strangers. The four stars reflects the website, not Richard.
A good tour
Beth M, 17-08-2018
We did an hour and a half tour of Old Montreal and learned some interesting information. Our guide was nice and gave us lots of historical facts but the tour lacked personality. Lots of details about banks and stories about how things came to be but sort of bland. Didn't really get the "insider" recommendations and insights that other viator tours seem to provide automatically. For example, our guide pointed out the building that looks like NY Empire State but didn't tell us you could see a piece of the Berlin Wall near there. Even when the tour ended, our guide just said there are lots of nice restaurants all around the square, but nothing specific about the food or personal preference given.

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