Let our Step On guide unlock the door to the city's history with a walk through its most historic neighbourhood: Old Montreal. From its early beginnings as a trading post to its vibrant present as a cosmopolitan, international city, it is in its oldest part that you can be an eyewitness to its development. Here, you will find the narrow streets lined with a mix of buildings from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Your Step On guide will explain the origins of and stories behind many of them.
During your walk, you will visit the Notre-Dame Cathedral which towers over the Place d'Armes. Montreal's oldest parish church, the present structure dates from 1829 and holds 4,000 people. It certainly ranks as one of the most beautiful churches on the continent with its exquisitely carved woodwork inside. Be sure to snap a picture of its neighbour, the Sulpician Seminary, built between 1684-87. It is Montreal's oldest standing building. For over a century, this district was Canada's financial centre and many of the bank buildings are quite impressive. Then, down winding lanes, make your way to the Old Port, where Montrealers come to play: museums, entertainment, parks and amazing views. It's got something for everyone!
Further along the way, you will see the heart of Old Montreal: the Place Jacques-Cartier, the classic City Hall, famous for Charles De Gaulle's "Vivre le Quebec libre!" speech in 1967, the Chateau Ramezay, the historic Bonsecours Market and the Seamen's Chapel.
Come see firsthand why Montreal has attracted millions of visitors for hundreds of years!
Our walking tour usually lasts about two and a half hours, preferably with one guide for twenty-five people.
After departing from your hotel or other designated point of convenience, your professional guide will point out and describe the principal points of interest in Montreal. The downtown area, Mount Royal, University of Montreal, McGill University, our many different cultural areas, the Olympic Stadium, Sainte-Helene's Island with the site of Expo '67, Old Montreal, the Notre Dame Cathedral and much more.
With weather and time permitting, we enjoy making various photo stops at such places as the Olympic Stadium, the panoramic view from the Mountain (Mt. Royal), St. Joseph's Oratory, and, of course, Sainte-Helene's Island situated on the St. Lawrence River facing the heart of Montreal.
Our guides are licensed professionals and very dynamic. They will certainly do their best to give your groups an excellent idea of our city regarding culture, restaurants, shopping, industries, universities and more.
Should your group have any particular interests, for example churches, we are more than pleased to emphasize this on the tour. Please advise us prior to the tour so our guides may prepare themselves.
Also, should the people need any advice on shopping, the subway, restaurants or what is around the hotel - that is what we are here for! Hopefully, this will give you an idea of our three-hour tour of Montreal, and should you require any further information, please contact us.
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