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Old Port of Montreal (Vieux Port de Montréal)
Old Port of Montreal (Vieux Port de Montréal)

Old Port of Montreal (Vieux Port de Montréal)

De la Commune West, Montreal, QC, Canada

The Basics

Set along the St. Lawrence riverfront, the atmospheric Old Port is one of downtown Montreal’s biggest attractions. There are two main ways to explore: either on land or by water. Bike, quadricycle, and walking tours of the Old Port typically follow routes along the waterfront and through Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal), the historic landmark-packed heart of the city. In summer, sightseeing cruises, Jet Ski tours, and self-guided paddleboat tours depart from the Old Port. Many family-friendly attractions are located in the Old Port, including La Grande Roue de Montréal observation wheel, and aerial obstacle and zipline courses.

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Montreal Zipline Adventure
Montreal Zipline Adventure
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$12.41 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Supercallifrajilisticexpeallidoshes
The entire experience was extremely exhilarating! There are quite a few stairs to climb but that all adds to the thrill and the anxiety build up for a great time. The staff were all so friendly and helpful, they were super fun and added excitement as well.
Kenya_J, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Montreal

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History and Architecture
Larry_M, Oct 2021
Old Montreal Private Walking Tour
Caroline was so knowledgeable about Montreal history. It was a great morning. We learned so much in just 2 hours.
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Phenomenal walking tour in Old Montreal
Rob_W, Sep 2021
Old Montreal Private Walking Tour
With only 3 days to spend in Montreal, Christian’s knowledge & suggestions really helped us to learn about the things that were important to us as well as point us to great restaurants, etc. A great use of our time!!
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Wonderful way to begin a Montreal stay!
debschicago, Nov 2019
Old Montreal Private Walking Tour
Isabelle was my tour guide and she was fabulous! She really knew her history and was happy to answer my many questions. I had a really lovely time walking the streets of old Montreal and learning about the beautiful buildings. It was a perfect way to get acquainted on my first day here. Highly recommend!
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Interesting and Informative Tour
arudy2019, Nov 2019
Old Montreal Private Walking Tour
We liked the tour of the Old City. We saw sites that we weren’t likely to see on our own and learned a lot of Québécois history. Our tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable, and patient, and also gave us suggestions for places to eat and other things to do.
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Excellent tour guide
maribethspitz, Oct 2019
Old Montreal Private Walking Tour
Jean Michel was a delightful tour guide. He knew so much about Canadian and world history. His stories were the perfect introduction to Montreal.
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Karin was great!
sheilatwilliams919, Aug 2019
Old Montreal Private Walking Tour
Karin was a great guide in Montreal. She is a native, knows her stuff and is very enthusiastic. She was willing to tailor her tour to suit our interests and was so accommodating. I highly recommend her tour!
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Thumbs Up!
chrissyf, Jun 2019
Old Montreal Private Walking Tour
Set this walking tour up for my teenage son (who is not a fan of guided tours) and my dad for their 1st time in Montreal. While I didn't get details on exactly what they visited, I was told by both that it was 5 star - great tour, amazing and helpful tour guide, so worth it !
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very good
myrna d, Nov 2018
Old Montreal Private Walking Tour
Our guide was very knowledgeable and caring for our needs. He did an excellent job and we enjoyed him very much, would highly recommend him, prompt and professional.
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Marvellous Montreal
Linda G, Dec 2018
Old Montreal Private Walking Tour
Just the 4 of us in our Tour which is what we wanted - small and intimate. Claude our guide was a dream. Sophisticated - and educated. He knew the town and all the spots we needed to know about. Food- Wine - Culture. A true gentleman and a nice mic of the French and English history. Truly appreciated!!!
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Fun and Informative Tour
lanaleggett, Jun 2018
Old Montreal Private Walking Tour
We had Leslie as our tour leader. She made it enjoyable and fun. Our whole family with three teenagers enjoyed the tour. We also stopped for maple tasting and gelato. She gave us recommendations for lunch and dinner venues. The history of Old Montreal is amazing.
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We had a fantastic guide, Thomas...
Linda Martin M, Jul 2018
Old Montreal Private Walking Tour
We had a fantastic guide, Thomas, and he shared all his knowledge of Old Montreal including a detailed and interesting history of Montreal and all the buildings. Well worth it!
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I spent 2 hours with Christian and...
ellen s, Oct 2017
Old Montreal Private Walking Tour
I spent 2 hours with Christian and found him to be well informed and a good communicator. What I learned from him a lot! helped me to make sense of the time when I was on my own. He was able to answer all my questions. Highly recommended!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Old Port is a must for families.

  • The Old Port promenade has free Wi-Fi and lots of benches and seating.

  • The promenade at the Old Port is paved and wheelchair-accessible.

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How to Get There

The Old Port of Montreal is situated between Old Montreal and the St. Lawrence River. The nearest Metro stations are Champ-de-Mars, Place-d’Armes, and Square-Victoria, all about a 10-minute walk away.

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When to Get There

Visit in summer for the widest range of activities. The area is busiest on weekend afternoons and evenings; arrive early to beat the crowds. Although it’s quieter in winter, there is still lots to do, including ice skating, riding the observatory wheel, and soaking in the outdoor hot tub at a floating boat spa.

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Montreal Clock Tower

Among the most notable buildings situated along the waterfront is the 148-foot (45-meter) high Montreal Clock Tower, which was built between 1919 and 1922 to mark the entrance to the port and to serve as a memorial to sailors lost at sea. In spring and summer, climb to the top of the tower for spectacular city and river views.

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