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Tours and cruises in montreal

This article is part of the Montreal News section of the Best day ever daily news.

 

The best way to discover Montréal is with someone who knows it inside and out. These professional tour guides can give you the inside scoop on the city, from history to shopping and from cuisine to architecture and more.
In learning or play mode, you choose... By bus, bike, boat or foot—you choose how you want to explore.


Tours with certified guides

16/42 tours

514 430-0909 | 1642tours.com


16/42 Tours offers dynamic walking tours around Montréal’s greatest neighbourhoods: downtown, the Plateau, Old Montréal, etc. Professional, multilingual guides share their passion for Montréal’s history, architecture, gastronomy, culture and day-to-day goings-on. Tours run approximately 2 hours and groups are limited to 12 participants. 16/42 will design a customized tour to meet your needs, interests and group size.


Montréal On Wheels

27 de la Commune Street East | Place-d’Armes 514 866-0633 | caroulemontreal.com


For a taste of Montréal history and neighbourhood life, try the 3- or 4-hour Montréal Plus Tour. If architecture and green space are more to your palate, the VistaArchitecture Tour is sorely tempting. To satiate your inner gourmet, the Montréal Bike and Bites Tour will have you clamouring for more. And, of course, there’s a kiddie option: the Young Family Bike Tour, complete with a stop for ice cream! May to October.


Dyad

80 Prince Arthur Street East | Sherbrooke 438 380-9880 | dyadcycles.com

The entertaining cultural outings (including food tastings) offer participants the chance to ride electric scooters through the city’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. The company offers four tours.


Fitz Montréal Bike Tours

1251 Rachel Street East | Mont-Royal 438 792-6480 | fitzmontreal.com


From exploring the vast underground pedestrian network downtown to picturesque Old Montréal to Plateau-Mont-Royal murals, Fitz Montréal offers well-crafted themed tours. Seasonally, two bike tours crisscross the city, its main arteries, smaller streets and green spaces. Wintertime brings guided walking tours of vibrant Montréal neighbourhoods, to discover its architecture, history and culture.


Guidatour

Place-d’Armes | 514 844-4021 | guidatour.qc.ca Explore


Old Montréal through different tours and exciting guided circuits. From Square Victoria to Marché Bonsecours, discover the secrets of Christmases past, take a tour to tease your taste buds or get scared on a bone-chilling walk, if you dare, with Fantômes Montréal. Finally, venture outside the historic district to the axis of Saint-Laurent Boulevard, and get caught up in the eclectic outdoor art with a tour of the city’s famous graffiti murals.


Spade & Palacio Tours

3801 B Saint-Denis Street | Sherbrooke 514 806-3263 | spadeandpalacio.com


In small groups of 10 or less, walking food tours, bike and street art excursions focused on the less-visited neighbourhoods. Spade & Palacio aims to provide genuine local experiences while promoting community businesses. Take a two-wheel tour or follow the guides as they take you to their favourite gourmet spots around the city. Walk through the open-air art gallery formed by the murals on and around Saint-Laurent Boulevard. Private tours are also offered.


Local Montréal Food Tours

438 600-0501 | localfoodtours.com


Expert guides lead you off the beaten path to discover the cultural and culinary richness of trendy, vibrant Montréal neighbourhoods. Armed with loads of interesting tidbits and stories, they’ll show you the ins and outs of the area while you sample authentic Montréal bites, take in the sights, meet up with local artisans and discover Québécois specialities in bakeries, brewpubs, butcher shops, vegan eateries and more.


Round Table Tours

514 812-2003 | roundtablefoodtours.com


Various gastronomic tours to specialty grocers, food production sites, food trucks and exclusive restaurants. Participants get to taste refined products and meet with chefs and entrepreneurs.


VDM Global DMC

514 933-6674 | vdmglobal.com


Discover the culinary, cultural and historical charms of the oldest district of Montréal or of the Little Italy neighbourhood. Progressive dinners, cooking demonstrations and culinary tours are on the menu of the Flavours and Aromas of Old Montréal tour. In addition to being charmed by the smells and atmosphere of the Jean-Talon Market, learn about the history and culinary diversity of Little Italy.



Animated tours

H2O Adventures

2727 B Saint-Patrick Street | Charlevoix 514 842-1306 | h2oadventures.com


Head out on guided daytime or twilight paddles along the Lachine Canal. Discover the historic cradle of Montréal industrialization — Griffintown and the Old Port — by day. Or venture west for a tour and drink at one of Montréal’s first microbreweries before paddling blithely off into the sunset.


Coach Canada (Gray Line Montreal)

Montréal Infotouriste Centre | 1255 Peel Street Ç Peel | 514 398-9769 | grayline.com


As you travel on our London-style doubledecker bus or on a deluxe motorcoach, enjoy a narrated 2-hour tour or hop on and hop off as you please.


Eco Tours Montreal – Old Port

Jacques-Cartier Pier | Old Port of Montréal Ç Champ-de-Mars | 514 613-3300 ecotoursmontreal.com


Criss-cross the quays and cobblestone streets of the Old Port, discovering its architectural beauty, history and charm along the way. Explore on Segway or Hoverboard during the day, at sunset or in the evening, when emblematic buildings and monuments light up the night. April to October.


Eco Tours Montreal – Parc Jean-Drapeau


Safe, ecological and fun guided tours aboard a kayak or canoe, around the lush green lagoons and paths that cross the enchanting scenery of Sainte-Hélène and Notre-Dame islands. On the program: history of the islands, amazing fauna and flora, emblematic places, works of public art and some of Expo 67 pavilions. May to September.


Hélicraft

6500 de la Savane Road | Saint-Hubert Longueuil + ¨ 28 | 514 686-7046 | helicraft.ca


Hélicraft offers 20- and 30-minute helicopter tours of the city, during which visitors fly over some of Montréal’s main attractions and can enjoy stunning aerial views of the city and its surroundings.


City Brew Tours Montréal

438 800-4419 | citybrewtours.com/montreal


Tours include 12+ different beer tastings, a beer food pairing meal or snack, brewery entrance fees, and round-trip transportation. Accompanied by expert guides, you will sample flights of incredible brews and enjoy access to leading breweries located in the Plateau, in the Southwest neighbourhoods or in Rosemont.


Historic outdoor tours

690 Sherbrooke Street West | McGill | 514 861-6701 musee-mccord.qc.ca


Take part in urban walking tours led by experienced guides from McCord Museum.


Discovery walks on Mount Royal

1260 Remembrance Road | Mount Royal Park Mont-Royal + ¨ 11 West | 514 843-8240 lemontroyal.qc.ca


Snowshoe excursion: Discover the secrets of Mount Royal, its trails and breathtaking views of the city with a guide from Les Amis de la montagne. Each excursion takes about 90 minutes and snowshoes are provided. January to March. Guided walks: Mount Royal’s history, flora, fauna, architecture, but also the city that surrounds it. Summer season.


Guided tour of Bonsecours Neighbourhood

400 Saint-Paul Street East | Champ-de-Mars 514 282-8670 | margueritebourgeoys.org


Participants discover the captivating history of the Bonsecours neighbourhood whose buildings and public squares are true icons of Old Montréal. They also learn about the men and women who have contributed to city’s history, and they visit the archaeological site of Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel.


Shopping Tours by The Montreal Fashion Society

McGill | 438 388-0159 | the-mfs.com


Personalized shopping tours and styling services, tailor-made for your taste, lifestyle and budget: new and established local designers, the top thrift shops, without forgetting high-end and luxury fashion boutiques.



Self-guided tours

Montréal en Histoires – Cité Mémoire

Champ-de-Mars | 514 666-1861 montrealenhistoires.com


Experience Cité Mémoire, the world’s largest outdoor projection path. Access 100 points of interest and 32 augmented reality experiences by downloading the free “Montréal en Histoires” mobile app available in English, French, Spanish and Mandarin. Through 27 techno-historical scenes, travel through Old Montréal, the Old Port and downtown to discover the city’s past. Guided tours are also available. Please check the website for the projection schedule.


Adventure City Games

adventurecitygames.com


Step into the shoes of a detective or become part of a secret mission with Adventure City Games. Offering an array of outdoor escape games around Montréal, players assume the role of a fictional character as they explore the city. Enjoy solo, as a couple or come in groups.


Link jeux d’aventure

450 501-4914 | linkaventure.com/en


Link Adventure Games is a mobile application allowing you to enjoy the thrill of a family friendly, outdoor treasure hunt using your GPS location. To play, simply download the LINK app on your phone, choose your scenario and, if required, pay a user fee. Once downloaded, you’ll no longer need data or Wi-Fi to experience your adventure. Simply show up at the starting point of the hunt at the time of your choosing. Scenarios include (in French only): Mysteries of the Past, VengenZ, Runaway Bride and much more.


Self-guided tours

mtl.org/self-guided-tours


A locally created, self-guided tour, audio or otherwise, is a great way to see Montréal’s attractions, storied streets and cool neighbourhoods at your own pace. Discover the list of these tours and podcasts.



Cruises

Bateau-Mouche (cruises) at the Old Port of Montréal

Jacques-Cartier Pier | Old Port of Montréal Champ-de-Mars | 514 849-9952 | bateaumouche.ca


The luminous environment on the BateauMouche is a unique way to admire Montréal and the St. Lawrence. Succumb to the fresh, local cuisine offered as part of a dinner cruise (upon reservation), or enjoy the sun during a 60- or 90-minute day trip. The panoramic boat with terrace offers exclusive routes on the St. Lawrence River. June to September.


AML Cruises

Grand Quai du Port de Montréal | Old Port of Montréal Place-d’Armes | 514 842-9300 | croisieresaml.com


Discover the best view of the city aboard the AML Cavalier Maxim, the only restaurant boat in Montréal, and enjoy the boat’s terrace and dance floor. Guided cruises, dinner cruises, brunches and special events are available. May to December.


Le Petit Navire

Jacques-Cartier Pier | Old Port of Montréal Champ-de-Mars | 514 602-1000 | lepetitnavire.ca


Le Petit Navire offers guided tours aboard a silent, zero-pollution electric propulsion boat (carbon-neutral certified) along the waterways of the Old Port of Montréal (45 min.) and the Lachine Canal (2 hours). In an authentic and festive atmosphere, explore unprecedented routes and see Montréal from a new perspective. Friendly and knowledgeable, the captain provides insightful commentary along the way, delving into the history of the area with interesting facts and entertaining stories. May to October.


Navark

9 514 871-8356 | navark.ca


Themed cruises allow guests to discover heritage and nature. Also offered are fireworks cruises and the always popular dinner cruises. River shuttles and excursions depart from various times and from different ports around Montréal island.


Local Travel Agent

When planning an escapade outside Montréal, look to a local travel agency to plan your dream vacation. Immerse yourself in history, trek through stunning natural landscapes, mingle with locals, discover winter or learn more about the First Nations: local agencies offer made-to-order packages, guided tours in multiple languages, themed holidays or excursions to take you off the beaten path, no matter the season!


Authentik Canada

7680 Saint-Hubert Street | Ç Jarry | 514 769-0101 authentikcanada.com


Concord Tours and Travel

1111 Saint-Urbain Street | Suite R06 | Ç Saint-Laurent 514 876-1680 | concordtours.ca


Expedia

514 285-6959 | expedia.ca


Groupe Voyages Québec

418 525-4585 | gvq.ca

 

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