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Jacques Cartier Bridge, Montreal

Jacques Cartier Bridge, Montreal

Jacques Cartier Bridge, Montreal: Our most recommended tours and activities

Montreal: Le Bateau-Mouche St. Lawrence Sightseeing Cruise

1. Montreal: Le Bateau-Mouche St. Lawrence Sightseeing Cruise

Take full advantage of summer aboard a relaxing 1 or 1.5-hour river cruise departing from the Jacques-Cartier Pier in the heart of Old Montreal. This is the perfect introduction to Montreal if you are visiting the city for the first time. Be charmed by the boat's bright and comfortable environment no matter where you sit. Get close to the waves and nature on the enclosed main deck or enjoy the sheltered, open-air upper deck. If you want to feel the wind in your hair as you admire the panoramic views then the back terrace is the place to be. The flat-bottomed boat allows for smooth sailing, cruising areas inaccessible to other boats. Get closer to the splendor of the St. Lawrence River and its coastline. Catch sight of the Clock Tower, Biosphère, Jacques Cartier Bridge, and Habitat 67. The pre-recorded audio narration will explain what you're seeing, and you can enjoy bar and snack services (at your own expense). After your cruise, you'll be dropped off at the Pier with the rest of the day to enjoy even more of Montreal.

Montréal: St. Lawrence Sightseeing River Cruise

2. Montréal: St. Lawrence Sightseeing River Cruise

Embark with your guide on an unforgettable round-trip cruise along the St. Lawrence River, departing from the historic Old Port of Montreal. This scenic journey will take you on a captivating exploration of the city's iconic landmarks and stunning waterfront vistas. As you glide beneath the magnificent Jacques-Cartier Bridge, a marvel of engineering and architecture, a world of beauty unfolds before your eyes. The waterway is adorned with a succession of magnificent monuments that pay homage to Montreal's rich history and vibrant culture. Each monument tells a story, and as you pass by, informative commentary will enlighten you about the significance and background of these landmarks. The heart of Montreal City reveals itself as you cruise along the St. Lawrence River. You'll witness the bustling streets, the vibrant energy, and the unique blend of old-world charm and modern urbanity. The cityscape showcases an enchanting fusion of architectural styles, from the historic buildings of Old Montreal to the sleek skyscrapers of the downtown core. One of the most awe-inspiring sights awaits as you approach the Olympic Stadium, a monumental structure that hosted the 1976 Summer Olympics. Its iconic inclined tower stands tall, serving as a reminder of the city's sporting achievements and architectural grandeur. To witness Montreal in a whole new light, consider taking the evening cruise. As the sun sets and the city's lights illuminate the skyline, Montreal truly earns its reputation as "Canada's City of Light." The enchanting glow transforms the city into a magical spectacle, casting a romantic ambiance upon the river and its surroundings. Throughout the cruise, enhance your experience with the complimentary audioguide, available in 8 languages. Engaging commentary in French, English, Italian, Spanish, German, Mandarin, Japanese, and Korean will provide fascinating insights into each landmark. A round-trip cruise along the St. Lawrence River is a remarkable journey that showcases the very best of Montreal. From the captivating monuments to the stunning waterfront views.

Montreal: Electric Boat Cruise with Onboard Bar

3. Montreal: Electric Boat Cruise with Onboard Bar

Have a memorable experience with this cruise from Montreal with a company that has over 20 years of experience. Pick between one of many daily tours of the Old Port basins or a weekend excursion on the Lachine Canal. Hop aboard a boat that is eco-friendly and 100% electric. Soak up all the sights and sounds of Montreal's waterside landmarks without the distraction of a roaring gas engine. Take a quick a 45-minute tour of the Old Port, or get lost in the views on an 1 hour and 45 minute tour of the Lachine Canal (the Lachine Canal cruise has a one-way and round-trip option). Select the Old Port Tour and leave from the Jacques-Cartier Pier and head west, passing King Edward Pier and the Grand Quay on the way. It continues its journey, greeting the historic Lachine Canal, Silo #5 and Habitat 67. Then, letting itself be carried by the Sainte-Marie current, the boat makes a detour by the Yacht Club, before following the Quai de l’Horloge promenade, towards the Quai Jacques-Cartier. Take the Lachine Canal Tour and embark from the Jacques-Cartier Pier at 10:30 AM and glide west of the city, passing King Edward Pier and Grand Quai on the way. It continues on its way, up through three locks, to the Atwater Market. At 1:00 pm, the boat leaves the Atwater Market and crosses the three locks, in reverse until your reach the Jacques-Cartier Pier.

Montreal: East and West Old Montreal Guided Walking Tour

4. Montreal: East and West Old Montreal Guided Walking Tour

Explore Old Montreal on a guided walking tour. Visit the eastern part in the late morning before breaking for lunch and head to the western part in the afternoon. Choose between a French or English speaking guide. Stroll through the cobblestone streets and winding alleys of the historic district. Meet your guide in the Place d'Armes square, where you can see a monument in memory of Paul de Chomedey, founder of Montreal and the 19th-century Notre-Dame Basilica. Begin your exploration of the eastern part of Old Montreal. Uncover hidden gems along the way to sights like the historic square Place Jacques-Cartier, City Hall, and the Champ de mars park. View mid-19th-century buildings on Cours le Royer street and St-Paul Street. Admire the chapel and vibrant market on Bonsecours street. Find out historical, architectural and anecdotal information along the way. Stop for an hour-long break where you can purchase a nice lunch or cover some ground on your own before continuing to the west part of Old Montreal. Get off the beaten track as you look back on Montréal’s economic effervescence in the 19th century and witness the dynamism of the metropolis today. Walk down St-Jacques Street and its banks and stroll past the office building of Canadian National Railway Company on McGill Street. Visit the squares of Place d’Youville and Place Royale where you can see the Pointe-à-Callière Museum.

Montreal: Evening Cruise with DJ and Dance Floor

5. Montreal: Evening Cruise with DJ and Dance Floor

Step onto the only floating terrace in Montreal with a live DJ, panoramic views, and multiple bars. Whether you're a couple or are with friends, you'll be delighted as the city and the Jacques Cartier Bridge are illuminated before your very eyes. Your cruise beings at the famous Grad Quay Pier just a short walk from the Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal. Once you've boarded the AML Cavalier Maxim, sit back and relax as you set off on the St. Lawrence River. With a drink in hand, cruise past the La Grande Roue, Olympique Stadium, and into Parc de Iles-de-Boucherville before returning past La Ronde and docking in the Old Port.

Montreal: Full-Day Small Group City Tour

6. Montreal: Full-Day Small Group City Tour

Whether you are a local or a first-time visitor, there is always more of Montreal to discover. Join a full-day tour to see the top sights and some hidden gems. Your guide will share local insights and point out all the sights as you traverse the city in the comfort of a climate-controlled vehicle.   Discover how spectacular and diverse Montreal is! From upscale neighborhoods of Westmount to the trendy ones of Le Plateau Mount-Royal and Mile End. In Little Italy, visit Jean-Talon Market, one of the largest farmers markets in North America. Drive on the Jacques Cartier bridge to the site of the unforgettable expo 67 site on St. Helen’s Island and marvel at a view of the city Skyline. Halt in Old Montreal for a Lunch/Shopping break then a short walk starting in front of the prestigious Notre-Dame Basilica. Visit the famous St. Joseph’s Oratory, Mount Royal and enjoy scenic views.

Montreal: Private Walking Tour of Old Montreal

7. Montreal: Private Walking Tour of Old Montreal

Discover Montreal's past from the foundation of Fort Ville-Marie in 1642 to today’s modern city on this Old Montreal private walking tour. The historic heart of the city and its adjacent Old Port will be the setting for the story of one of the greatest cities in the Americas. Your guide will lead you through a maze of narrow streets where many historic buildings can be found. Explore the birthplace of this metropolis and take a trip back in time. The departure time, duration, route, and content of the tour can be customized according to your needs and interests. Example itinerary of a typical tour: • Visit important public squares such as Place d’Armes, Place Royale, and Place Jacques-Cartier. Check out the monuments and works of art that are on display there • Admire the external architecture of buildings like the Notre-Dame Basilica, the three courthouses, the Château Ramezay, and the Bonsecours Market • Pass by the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel and City Hall as well as walking along the former 'Wall Street of Canada', St-Jacques Street • Discover the foundation site of the city’s first hospital, l’Hôtel Dieu in the Cours Le Royer • See the Sulpician Seminary, the oldest building in the historic district • Find out more about the Old Port

Montreal: Small Group Evening City Tour

8. Montreal: Small Group Evening City Tour

Join this small group tour to discover the top sights of Montreal by night. Benefit from the insights of your bilingual, local guide as you traverse the city in the comfort of a climate-controlled van. The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Downtown Montreal. Journey through Downtown, admiring the city lights and the special evening atmosphere. Pass through the upscale neighborhoods of Westmount and their unique houses and grand mansions. Pause for a photo opportunity with the magnificently illuminated St Joseph Oratory before ascending Mont-Royal. Enjoy a short stroll to a lookout point and take in breathtaking views of the city under the cover of night. Climb back into the van and travel to the vibrant nightlife areas of the city. Cross the Jacques Cartier Bridge to see its light up-close and marvel at the Montreal skyline from afar. Check out the Old Port's night festivities before ending your tour with a visit to the historic Old Montreal. Your evening adventure ends with a safe return to your hotel.

Montreal: Jet Boating on the Lachine Rapids

9. Montreal: Jet Boating on the Lachine Rapids

As the number one boat tour in all of Montreal, jet boating on the St. Lawrence is a must to experience the sights, sounds, and thrills of the city. Your all inclusive tickets includes changing-room, free safe lockers, sandals, life jackets and ponchos (when the weather demands it). Just bring a towel and a bathing suit! Choose among three options; 60 minute "Jet Boating" (soaking wet/main event), 20 minute "Spin Boating" (medium intensity/slightly wet), or a 45 minute sightseeing "Panorama Cruise" (low intensity/dry): Jet Boating: A 60 minute Montreal classic since 1983 and quite possibly the world’s greatest city boat tour! This 1 hour ride on the St-Lawrence River is Montreal’s most refreshing activity: wet, wild, wonderful, and should not be missed by anyone! Don’t forget your bathing suit… This boat ride is for everyone, higher intensity near the front of the boat and family friendly near the back. Spin Boating: A 20-25 minute ride with twists, spins, and drifts. This is the Old Port’s fastest attraction. Take a ride on the wild side. Rodeo style jet boating with enough high-speed twists and turns to resemble a chase scene in a James Bond movie. An unbelievable 20 minute ride! Easily accessible by metro or bus with a waterfront location in the heart of Old Montreal. Spend the day enjoying the beautiful scenery and the myriad of activities the Old Port has to offer and cool off with a jet boat cruise. Safety-First; Saute-Moutons does not compromise when it comes to keeping it's passengers safe. All boats are certified by Transport Canada & all our captains have up to date licenses and rigorous training. With carefully crafted packages and turnkey day-trips we are the perfect solution to entertain and soak you and your family, friends, colleagues in Old Montreal. Camps, Schools, Teambuilding groups, Bachelor parties, Birthdays, Conventions... we've soaked them all!

Montreal self-guided tour App - multilingual AudioGuide

10. Montreal self-guided tour App - multilingual AudioGuide

This revolutionary app will take you to Montreal's most iconic landmarks, such as the majestic Notre-Dame Basilica, the vibrant Plateau-Mont-Royal neighborhood and historic Old Montreal. With our detailed tours, you won't miss a single point of interest. Plus, our audio guide will immerse you in the history, culture and curiosities of Montreal. Whether you speak English, French, Spanish or any other language, our app is designed to offer you a personalized and enriching experience. Choose from a wide variety of routes that will take you to the most emblematic places in Montreal, such as: - Montreal in 1 day: Enjoy this route that has 36 points of interest to visit such as: Hotel novotel montreal centre, Avenue mont royal and plateau mont royal, Saint Joseph Oratory, Olympic Village, Montreal Olympic Stadium, Jean-talon Market, St-viateur bagel, Mile End, Champs de Mars Plaque, Downtown montreal, among others. - Montreal Coast: Contains 18 points of interest with multilingual audio guide such as: Jean Paul Riopelle Square, St Paul Street, Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Montreal, Montreal City Hall, Bons Secours Church, Bonsecours market, Voiles en Voiles Park, Urban zip line, Montréal Ferris wheel, among others. - Montreal Hop-On Hop-Off: A bus route that runs through the following points: Dorchester Square, Old Montreal, Old Port of Montreal, Square Victoria, Place ville marie, Chinatown, Olympic Village, Latin Quarter, Downtown Montreal, Fine Arts Museum, among others.... Forget about impersonal tours and crowds. With our app, discover Montreal at your own pace, with total freedom and comfort. Become your own guide and live a unique experience in Montreal!

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Stacey gave us a fabulous tour of Old Montreal. She was amazingly informative, responsive to all of our questions, and delightful. We would highly recommend her as a guide!!

Fran was an excellent guide showing us not just about Montreal but all the culture pot that the city is. We did in winter time that helped a lot about the cold weather.

The guide was really great and made us really appreciate the city of Montreal! Good explanations both on the history of the city and on current life in the city!

We loved Frederic! He was informative, pleasant and happy to answer questions! Thank you from the Bostonians… Slainte ☘️

Very good visit, lots of anecdotes and fascinating historical points! Thanks to Nicolas!