Place d’Armes, Montreal: Our most recommended tours and activities

Old Montreal: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour of the West Side

1. Old Montreal: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour of the West Side

Explore the west side of Old Montreal during this 90-minute walking tour. European in character, with cobblestone streets and cafe culture, much of Old Montreal has been preserved in its original 17th century state. Your expert guide will share the exceptional history of this French-influenced city while showing you its stunning architecture and historic sites. Begin your walk close to Notre-Dame Basilica and end at the Place Royale, near the Pointe-à-Callière Museum. Encounter a variety of highlights in between as you see significant landmarks of Montreal, including the Place d'Youville and Place Royale. Walk along McGill and Saint-Jacques Street - once the financial heart of Canada. While Old Montreal reflects the city's rich and colorful past, today it is a vibrant, artistic, and trendy neighborhood lined with galleries, restaurants, and fashionable boutiques you can discover as you explore the area with your guide.

Montreal: Private Walking Tour of Old Montreal

2. 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: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

3. Montreal: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour at the Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral. Visit Dominion Square Park-Place du Canada and feel the serenity that this iconic park embodies. Photograph the central Victoria Square and admire the modern Center d'histoire de Montreal and its many historical exhibits. Explore the Pointe-a-Calliere with its archaeological sights that will entrance your camera. Enter into a fairytale at the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal in the historic center of the city, that gives a monadic touch to the fast-paced life of the city. Take photos at the Montreal City Hall and explore the Grande Roue de Montreal, leaving you with a unique experience and a different point of view. To top off the tour, arrive at the Clock Tower and discover an ideal landscape to truly taste beautiful Montreal. Download the ‘’World City Trail ‘’ app from the store. Then start your tour and enjoy!

Montreal: Walking Tour, Le Grand Roue & River Cruise

4. Montreal: Walking Tour, Le Grand Roue & River Cruise

Join us on the best way to see Montreal on foot on our Best of Montreal Walking Tour! You won’t want to miss this incredible sightseeing adventure. Your tour begins with your local friendly guide meeting you in front of BMO Bank on the corner of Rue Saint Jacques and Place D’Armes. From there you will make your way through Square Place D’Armes and to the Notre Dame Basilica. You will enjoy the rich history and architecture of the beautiful gothic-revival church. You will then have some free time to explore, taking in the intricate woodwork, stunning stained glass, and a breathtaking altar that will leave you in awe. You will then make your way through Old Montreal to Le Grand Roue - the highest observation wheel in Canada! Along the way, you will have the chance to sample Maple Jerky. This sweet and smoky treat is a perfect snack that will be sure to please your taste buds. Admire the breathtaking panoramic view from 60 meters high in the comfort of a temperature controlled cabin offering a picturesque view of Old Montreal on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in Old Port Montreal. Once your feet are back on the ground, you will get to sample a Canadian must-try - poutine! You will love this gravy and cheese curd smothered delicacy. You will then make your way to the Saint Lawrence River, where your guide will leave you to end your tour with arguably the best view of the skyline from the river! Take a relaxing cruise along the Saint Lawrence and see some amazing views of Montreal, all while enjoying fantastic historical commentary.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 178 reviews

Alise was very knowledgeable and sweet. It was amazing to see how much history I would have just walked by without realizing. If you have time in your days I highly recommend this walking tour :). Thank you Alise!

Short tour so easy to fit in your schedule, but get to see a lot so you can plan the rest of your visit. Guide spoke well and had good information.

We learned lots about the history of the city, and the ways that history is written on the present-day cityscape.

Very informative! Our tour guide Elise stayed after to give us recommendations for food and other landmarks.

Knowledgeable, personal, great storyteller, throughly enjoyed the tour!!