Montréal past, present, and future

Travel from past to present in Old Montréal

Old Montréal, home to the city's most historic and newest attractions, provides an unbeatable glimpse into city's many lives throughout its extensive history. While the memory of Jeanne Mance, Jacques Cartier and de Maisonneuve can still be felt on the cobblestone streets, Old Montréal and the Old Port make up one of the city’s most constantly evolving and dynamic quarters, with attractions ranging from cathedrals and museums to an observation wheel and river cruises.

Back to the future

Old Montréal is a district of contrasts. Alongside the stately grace of the Notre-Dame Basilica and the Bonsecours Market’s glistening dome awaits a wealth of cutting-edge design shops and forward-thinking restaurants. The riverside pathways that teem with joggers and cyclists throughout the day swell with romantic strolling couples after the sun goes down. The area’s beautiful buildings transform nightly into glowing beacons with innovative lighting effects and the modern Grande Roue de Montréal ferris wheel offers new vistas over a grand quartier nearly 400 years in the making.

See Montréal from both sides now

For almost 400 years, travellers have oohed and aahed at the architectural beauties of Old Montréal and the Old Port. And while the turn of every corner reveals another timeless surprise, these are some definite top of the list musts to experience before heading back into the modern world.

  1. Marvel at the Notre-Dame Basilica
  2. Take a walk back in time down Saint Paul Street
  3. Reach new heights and experience new vistas on the Grande Roue de Montréal
  4. Share the view of the St. Lawrence with the angels of Ville-Marie atop the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel
  5. Play urban archaeologist and trace the fortifications from Pointe-à-Callière