Les Fantômes du Vieux-Montréal (469 rue St-François-Xavier, 514/844-4021, May-Oct., $22 adults, $19 students, $13 children) is not for the easily scared. On this ghost tour of Old Montréal, guides in period costume tell you all about the hangings, sorcery, tortures, and spooky sightings that make up the city’s past. They also have specialized tours come Halloween.
Fitz and Folwell (115 ave. Mont-Royal W., 514/840-0739, $39-120), which offers both bike and snow shoe tours come winter, offers three distinct walking tours, one of which centers around the Montréal of writer Mordecai Richler. The other two tours feature the Underground City (perfect for -40° weather) and a food tour of the Main. All tours include lunch and range in price, so reserve and budget accordingly.
Guidatour (360 rue St-François-Xavier, 514/844-4021, May-Oct., $18 adults, $16 students, $9 children) runs walking tours of Old Montréal, offering amusing anecdotes and snippets of history as you wander the cobblestone streets. Guides are bilingual and tours depart from the gift shop at Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Montréal.
Héritage Montréal (100 rue Sherbrooke E., 514/286-2662, May-Oct. Sat.-Sun., cost varies) is a nonprofit organization that takes visitors on various tours that explore the architectural, social, or historical evolution of the city’s neighborhoods. Departure points vary depending on the week and the tour, and reservations are recommended.
Excerpted from the Third Edition of Moon Montréal & Québec City.