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Old Port of Montreal

Old Port of Montreal

Old Port of Montreal: Our most recommended tours and activities

Montreal: Guided Bus Tour

1. Montreal: Guided Bus Tour

Discover Montreal by bus and admire over 200 points of interest in the vibrant Canadian city. Your bilingual guide will tell you all about each place you visit, offering insights and historical background as you go. Stroll through charming Old Montreal for a panoramic view of the Old Port, and admire Place Jacques Cartier in the heart of this historical area. Located between the St. Lawrence River and downtown, Old Montreal is the center of the city and offers a fascinating glimpse into Montreal's past. See prestigious McGill University and Universite de Montreal, then stop by Montreal's City Hall before heading to vibrant Montreal Harbor, an ocean port 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from the sea. Enjoy beautiful views of the city from Mont Royal Park as you stand next to the massive basilica of St. Joseph's Oratory at the park summit. The bus will also take you to Chinatown, the Place Des Arts performing arts center, and the Place Ville Marie underground luxury shopping center. See the tallest inclined building in the world at Olympic Park and admire the new home of the Montreal Canadien ice hockey team at the Bell Centre. See all there is to see in Montreal's French Quarter, and residential and financial districts as you get to know this fascinating French Canadian city.

Montreal: Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour

2. Montreal: Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour

See the sights of Montreal on board a double-decker bus with a hop-on hop-off tour. Get introduced to the history and beauty of this city. You are free to get off at any of the 10 stops to soak up Montreal’s charm. You can also take a narrated nighttime tour of the city. 2-Day Red Loop Bask in the glory of the Notre Dame Basilica, stroll through Chinatown, and walk along the water of the Old Port. Be inspired and spend an afternoon at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Plan your evening and scope out the best bars and restaurants along Crescent Street. With 10 different places to hop on or hop off, there is no shortage of things to do and places to see. This hop-on hop-off tour is a unique and informative way to experience Montreal! Stops include Square Dorchester, Old Montreal: Notre Dame Basilica, Old Montreal: Pointe-à-Callière Museum, Village, Latin Quarter, Festival Quarter, Fine Arts Museum, Saint Joseph’s Oratory, Mont-Royal: Kondiaronk Lookout, Mont-Royal: Camillien Houde Lookout.

Montreal: Le Bateau-Mouche St. Lawrence Sightseeing Cruise

3. 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.

Montreal: La Grande Roue de Montréal Entry Ticket

4. Montreal: La Grande Roue de Montréal Entry Ticket

Take in breathtaking views of Montreal with entry tickets to La Grande Roue de Montréal, the largest observation wheel in Canada. See the city and its surroundings from 60 meters in the air. The wheel is located in the heart of the picturesque setting of Old Port, on the shore of the Saint Lawrence River. Step aboard climate-controlled gondolas with ultra-clear glass for unbeatable panoramic views 60-meters high. Year round, rain, snow or shine, admire exceptional views of the city and its surroundings. Your ride will last around twenty breathtaking minutes. No matter the weather, the temperate gondolas will keep you cool in summer and warm in winter.  Under the sun or stars, enjoy the historic buildings of Old Montreal, the city center’s eclectic architecture, Mont-Royal, and the majestic Saint Lawrence River. On a clear day, you can admire up to 28-kilometers of the horizon. As dusk falls, Montreal’s lights up in color, creating a romantic and festive atmosphere. At the base of the wheel, relax on terraces or saver a tasty treat at the onsite cafe and bistro. You can upgrade your experience with the option of a private gondola for 8 people.

Montréal: St. Lawrence Sightseeing River Cruise

5. 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 Old Port: Urban Zipline Ticket

6. Montreal Old Port: Urban Zipline Ticket

Experience Canada's only urban zipline circuit and explore Montreal from a bird’s eye view. Experience a thrill like no other as you fly over the city like a superhero and share in this unique, safe, and exciting adventure with the whole family.  Upon arriving at the Old Port, head towards the 100-foot tower with a red and white sign that says "Zipline". Witness people of all ages screaming with joy as they glide down above you. Just check in with any of the fun and engaging employees who will be able to answer your questions, and they will explain how you can enjoy a thrill experience that is both safe, smooth, and fun for the whole family. After securing your harness and helmet, the staff will brief you on easy security measures and prepare you for an adventure that will leave you with a sense of floating long after you land. When you are ready, launch and glide across the lagoon, and feel a mix of serenity, wonder, and excitement, as you take in the stunning views of the Old Port. Staff are there to help you land safely onto the end platform, where you will feel invigorated and ready for a second go.

Montreal: Electric Boat Cruise with Onboard Bar

7. 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.

Montréal: Weekend 3-Course Brunch Cruise with VIP Option

8. Montréal: Weekend 3-Course Brunch Cruise with VIP Option

Enjoy a day out at sea on the Saint Lawrence River aboard this cruise. Enjoy a delicious 3-course brunch, see Montreal's iconic sites such as the Old Port, Jacques Cartier Bridge, Olympique Park, and many more from a sea view. Meet your host at the Grand Quay pier in Old Montreal to board the cruise. Enjoy brunch for 1 hour before departing on a scenic 1.5 hour river cruise. The river cruise will depart at 11:30 AM. Take a seat, sit back, relax, enjoy the ride and listen to the commentary from the crew members as you drift along the river in style. Smell the sweet aroma from the kitchen as the chefs prepare your food. Taste a delicious 3-course brunch cooked from local products. Sip on complimentary coffee or tea as you savor your meal. Feeling full up? No worries, you can chill in the dining rooms or head to the open-air outdoor terraces to admire the view. See Montreal from a different perspective, and make sure you take photos of the Old Port, La Grande Roue, Jacques Cartier Bridge, and many more sites as you cruise along.

3-Hour Scooter Sightseeing in Montreal

9. 3-Hour Scooter Sightseeing in Montreal

Morning Tour (3 hours) First trip to Montreal? Join your guide for the "all-in-one" sightseeing tour at 10:00am. This is a cultural tour that covers everything you'll want to see and much more. You’ll stroll through four vibrant districts of Montreal, stop by the Jean-Talon market, taste specialties at local food shops, and discover urban gems such as hidden alleyways. On Sundays, we'll step by the tam-tams concerts at the foot of Mount Royal. You'll love the way the city’s multiple identities beat with the same equable heart. You'll also discover an unbelievable wealth of cool art galleries, kitsch-loving boutiques, bohemian style jazz bars & flower-filled parks for taking a respite from the streets. Afternoon Tour (3 hours) In Montreal, it’s all about neighborhoods, and each has its own distinct identity. On this 2:00pm sightseeing tour you'll enjoy the color, character and energy of the West side districts! You'll ride through downtown, up to Westmount and back down to the trendy Atwater market where you'll sample specialties. After exploring the market, you'll discover the industrial roots of Saint-Henri, a pure working-class neighborhood that is currently being revived with a cool, contemporary atmosphere. We'll also swing by the canal Lachine and the Old Montreal. By the end of the day, you’ll know the city more like a native – its culture and all the good places for music, art, food, shopping and other entertainment.

From Montreal: Quebec City Trip w/ Cruise & Montmorency Fall

10. From Montreal: Quebec City Trip w/ Cruise & Montmorency Fall

Hop aboard a bus in Montreal and stop off on your way to Quebec City to explore Montmorency Falls on foot. Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the St. Lawrence River in Quebec city. Watch a guide portraying the explorer Louis Jolliet, and transfer back to Montreal at the end of the day. Get on the bus at the meeting point in downtown Montreal with a guide that speaks English, French and Mandarin and leave the city. Next, stop off at the spectacular Montmorency Falls, and see the cascading waterfall, which is 276 ft (84 meters) high. Then, arrive at Quebec city and choose a departure time for your river cruise. Set sail from the historic Old Port and take in the spectacular views of the city and the countryside. Watch a guide in a costume portraying Louis Jolliet, an explorer, aboard your boat. Enjoy some free time to walk around during your tour. Finally, leave Quebec City and head back to Montreal.

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Don’t miss this tour, we did a few while in Montreal and this one was the one to do. Thank you so much Mostafa for the over and above on every detail of this tour. I've never had such an accommodating, knowledgeable, intuitive, and helpful tour guide to make our trip to Montreal so memorable and informative. I can't believe how much I learned in the hours we spent with Mostafa, there was just so much information it was an ideal tour for someone who loves history and details but also enjoys the tastes, sights, smells, and experiences of being somewhere in person . I really highly recommend this tour and even more hope that you get a chance to do the tour with Mostafa. His knowledge of the subject matter was miles ahead and he made everything so easy and made sure we got the most of every experience. We could feel athe passion he felt in his job and it made the tour super special and memorable.

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!!

Fernando was an exceptional photographer! He was very attentive, patient and accommodating. He even gave me more time than was established. I totally recommend him

Tour guide and bus driver were great. Very accomodating and flexible. Tour guide ver informative.

Exceptional performance's gourmet culinary artistry and hospitality.