A Walking Tour of Old Montreal

Written by Avid Traveller

Topics: Travel

Old Montreal

Old Montreal, or to the locals, Vieux Montreal – a little bit of Europe right here in North America.

How to get there:

You can walk up St. Catherine’s or take the metro to Place d’Armes stop. A taxi from downtown should only be about $5. Try to get here in late morning so that you can plan on having lunch at one of the many fantastic restaurants or cafes.

The Tour

There is a lot to see in this area and I will only highlight some of the key sights. The total stroll shown below is about 3.5 Km. Plan on stopping a lot and taking photos and soaking up the neighborhood.

You can download an audio guide of Old Montreal HERE.

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A: Start at Place d’ Armes which  is the centre of Old Town; there is a monument in memory of Paul de Chomedey, founder of Montreal. Walk to Rue St Sulpice and make a right.

B: Notre Dame Basilica is absolutely fantastic. The interior is gorgeous and the tours are given in French and English. Plan on spending at least 30 minutes here. There are also horse & carriage rides in the vicinity of Old Montreal; not sure of the cost but if that is your thing, this is the place to find them.

C: After the basilica, head down Rue St Paul. There are many shops and places to eat on this famous road, and has all the charm of any European city.

D: Eventually you will come to Place Jacques-Cartier. During the high tourist season, the street hosts many street artists and kiosks. During the Christmas season, the street is lined with lighted trees. At any time of year, one can find restaurants on both sides of the street. This is a good place to sit and chill and people-watch, maybe get a coffee.

E: Marche Bonsecours – acknowledged as one of Canada’s ten finest heritage buildings. It is essentially a restaurant an shopping mall and is open seven days a week starting at 10 a.m. There are 5 levels to this building so you could end up spending a lot of time here. A good place to hang out if the weather turns sour.

F: The old port itself is a nice stroll along the St. Lawrence River. There are a lot of joggers, skaters, and walkers along this path. Take it back to Pointe a Calliere and then you can get back to the metro or walk downtown via St Catherine’s.

Here is the official link of the port of Montreal for ongoing activites and events.

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