Whether you’re looking for a dynamic team-building experience or simply a no-fuss leisure activity for your group, these reputable Montréal tour companies provide access to the most fascinating (and delicious) corners of the city.
Spade & Palacio Tours
The big selling point: Non-touristy tours!
Spade & Palacio’s guides are born-and-raised, young Montrealers who are passionate about the city and love to show it off. Gourmet walking tours bring participants off the beaten track and promote local businesses — and they know all the most Instagrammable spots for your #mtlmoments selfies. Perfect for millennials, foodies and/or the hip-at-heart. Find them at spadeandpalacio.com.
The big selling point: Electric scooter tours!
Take a tour of Montréal’s most vibrant neighbourhoods (including food tastings) on a 100% electric e-scooter. Included: two wheels, a fully loaded battery, a helmet and a genuinely cool guide! What more could you want? Rates, routes and information on their fleet of scooters is available at juust.com.
Fitz & Follwell
The big selling point: Discover all facets of The Main
Fitz & Follwell specialize in unique tours of must-see districts, including an unforgettable insiders’ look at Boulevard Saint-Laurent (aka The Main) with insight about how immigration patterns have shaped Montréal. You’ll see Chinatown, the former Red Light district, the former Jewish district and Little Portugal, among others! Bike over to fitzandfollwell.co for more.
The big selling point: Titillating ghost tour!
With more than 30 years of experience, Guidatour is one of the longest-running operators in the city. They can tailor an experience specifically for your team — or opt for the spooktacular “Traditional Ghost Walk.” Scavenger hunts also available! Their full offerings are outlined at their website, guidatour.qc.ca/en.
Local Montreal Food Tours
The big selling point: Montréal artisanal beer tasting!
Perfect for foodies and wine aficionados, these food-centred walking tours also offer historical and cultural aspects. The beer tour features certified guides walk visitors through the local how-tos of beer tasting and food pairings. Deliciousness guaranteed! Check out localfoodtours.com/montreal and montrealcraftbeertours.com for details.
Montréal On Wheels
The big selling point: Architectural tour!
With the “Vista-Architecture Tour,” participants cycle across bridges (over the St. Lawrence River), weave through the historic grounds of World Expo ’67 and also cruise on Montréal’s notorious F1 racetrack (self-made car noises optional). A must for design buffs! Roll your cursor on over to caroulemontreal.com/en for further information.
Party Bike Montreal
The big selling point: Hilarious group action!
Atop a 16-seat group pedal powered bike, Party Bike offers various fun and entertaining excursions of two or three hours interspersed with stops at bars and local restaurants around Montréal. Check montreal.urbanpedaltours.com for availability and options.
Round Table Tours
The big selling point: Street food specialists!
Various gastronomic tours to specialty grocers, food production sites, food trucks and exclusive restaurants. Participants get to taste refined products and even meet with chefs. Bonus: plenty of experience in building customized corporate experiences! Reach out at roundtablefoodtours.com.
VDM Global DMC
The big selling point: Corporate turnkey services!
A dynamic team that will design and produce custom-made projects, such as tours, meeting planning and incentive events. Essentially, VDM will adjust to your specific needs. They’ve got you covered at vdmglobal.com/en.
The big selling point: Private tours!
Well-travelled and articulate, André Saint-Amant is a local guide with a vast knowledge of history and where to find the most FOMO-worthy photo ops. Visit André at excursionsmontreal.com.
The big selling point: Get to know a neighbourhood like a local!
Stroll through Montréal’s many different neighbourhoods on a guided tour with 16/42 tours. Whether it’s Mile End, Old Montréal, downtown or Parc-Extension, there’s a tour for everyone. Plus, children under 12 can come along for free! For more information and to make a reservation, visit their website.
The big selling point: See Montréal from the water!
Navigate the waters of the Lachine Canal or the St. Lawrence River by kayak with Aventures H2O. Beginners can take the two-hour introductory kayaking course, and rentals of pedal boats, kayaks, electric boats and canoes are available on site. Visit their website for rates and further information.
The big selling point: Head back in time with an expert!
Heritage Montréal’s Urban Tours look at the architectural history of our grand city, and their range of online virtual tours archive past tours, their guides’ favourites, or their neighbourhood treasures. Reservations and downloads are a snap — visit their website for more info.
The big selling point: Spooks and chills your attendees won’t soon forget!
Looking for something a little spooky? Haunted Montréal specializes in thrilling ghost tours, both in-person and online. Join up with a walking tour or curl up at home with a virtual tour of the city’s creepiest places and stories. Visit their website — if you dare.
Museum of Jewish Montréal
The big selling point: An insight into Montréal’s vibrant Jewish community
Discover Montréal’s Jewish community through its culture, food and history on a private walking tour with the Museum of Jewish Montréal. Guided by a museum researcher, the various tours are available for groups of up to eight people. Information on their themed tours, including gourmet experiences is available at their website.
Le Petit Navire
The big selling point: Take to the waters for unbeatable views!
Climb aboard the Petit Navire for a relaxing boat ride by the Old Port or on the Lachine Canal. A partner in the City of Montréal’s Sustainable Development Plan, the Petit Navire will show you the city from a whole new angle. Tours last from 45 minutes to 2 hours, and private tours can be arranged. Tickets and reservations here!
Quartier des Spectacles
The big selling point: It’s called the entertainment district for a reason!
Learn about the evolution of this colourful neighbourhood from its vast public space to its ephemeral installations and festival stages we know today. A certified guide will tell you about the many cultural institutions and performance venues in the district. Best of all, tours of the Quartier des Spectacles are free! Visit their website for scheduling and reservations.
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