BEFORE YOU GO
Old Montreal has many cobblestone streets, narrow sidewalks, and steep hills – and in the summer months it is typically crowded with people. Pedestrians should wear sensible footwear and persons with limited mobility should use caution.
Many areas of Old Montreal – and many shops and restaurants – are not wheelchair accessible.
The street signs in Old Montreal are red. “Rue” is French for “Street” and “O” and “Ouest” indicate “West.” Streets are riddled with potholes and lanes are poorly marked so drive slowly and with caution!
While Old Montreal is generally a safe area to visit, there has been a significant increase in crime (including several shootings) in recent months, most notably outside certain late-night clubs. There has also been an unfortunate increase in vandalism of heritage buildings, including graffiti.
Smoking is not permitted on restaurant/bar patios (known locally as terrasses). Fines range from $250 to $1,500 for individuals and $500 to $25,000 for business owners.
There is metered street parking throughout Old Montreal. Take note of the letter and number on the black pole where you parked and proceed to the a nearby “Pay and Go” meter or use the convenient app. (If you are parked in front of one of the machines, your spot number is displayed on the side of it.) For more information, click here.
Warning! Vehicle break-ins are common in Old Montreal. Do not leave valuable items in plain view in your vehicle.
There are also a number of parking lots and garages in Old Montreal.
You will find Communauto throughout Old Montreal and in the Old Port.
When driving in Old Montreal, be aware that many streets run in one direction and several are routinely closed to vehicle traffic during summer months and for special events.
STM | Old Montreal is steps away from the following metro stations: Square-Victoria-OAC (western edge of Old Montreal); Place D’Armes (middle of Old Montreal); and Champs-De-Mars (eastern edge of Old Montreal).
Old Montreal is also served by bus routes 14, 55, 129, 361, 363 and 715.
You will find a public washroom on rue de la Commune E. at the foot of rue Saint Jean Baptiste. There are also public washrooms in the Old Port.
There are several Bixi stations in Old Montreal. Click here for a convenient map. Remember that these bikes are intended for trips of less than 30 minutes at a time and you will be billed for going over 30 minutes.
WHERE ARE THE HORSES?
Horse-drawn carriages (also known as calèches) are no longer permitted in Montreal.
A husband and wife pose as a monk and a nun and wander the streets of Old Montreal soliciting donations from gullible tourists. Do not engage with these individuals and do not give them money. Real monks and nuns will not ask you for cash on the street.
FILM & TV LOCATIONS
Dozens of films and TV shows have shot scenes in Old Montreal. Here’s a look at a few of the productions that have put the historic district on screen.
The City of Montreal offers free WiFi service in Old Montreal. Click here for more information. Log on and go to OldMontrealGuide.com!
OLD MONTREAL / OLD PORT INFORMATION
Old Montreal | City of Montreal official site
Old Montreal | Tourism Montreal official site
Vieux-Montreal | Business Development Corporation official site
Montreal en Histoires | Historical information
Old Port Montreal | Old Port official site