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OLD MONTREAL VS. OLD PORT

Old Montreal is the historic district between rue Saint-Antoine to the shore of the St. Lawrence River and from rue Saint-Hubert to rue Longueil and rue Des Soeurs-Grises. The Old Port, which is federal land, is part of Old Montreal and consists of the area between rue de la Commune and the shore of the St. Lawrence River.

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.”

While Old Montreal is generally a safe area to visit, crime does occur so be vigilant and exercise caution. Vehicle break-ins and other forms of theft are most common but there have also been a number of assaults and shootings (mostly outside certain late-night clubs), including fatal ones.

SMOKING

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.

VEHICLES

omg_parkingDuring the busy season, parking can be difficult to find in Old Montreal.

If you are lucky, you will find metered street parking throughout Old Montreal – but read the signs carefully! Take note of the letter and number on the black pole where you parked and proceed to 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.

There are also a number of parking lots and garages in Old Montreal.

Warning! Vehicle break-ins are common in Old Montreal. Do not leave valuable items in plain view in your vehicle.

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.

PUBLIC TRANSIT

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.

PUBLIC WASHROOMS

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.

BIXI

There are several Bixi stations in Old Montreal. Click here for a convenient map.

These bikes are intended for trips of less than 30 minutes at a time and you will be billed for going over 30 minutes. Purchasing a 24-hour pass does not entitle you to keep the bike all day – it must be returned to a station at least every 30 minutes or your credit card will be billed additional fees.

WHERE ARE THE HORSES?

Horse-drawn carriages (also known as calèches) have not been permitted in Montreal since Jan. 1, 2020.

TOURIST SCAMS

A husband and wife pose as a monk and a nun and wander the streets of Old Montreal soliciting donations from 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.

PANHANDLERS

Montreal is a poor city so you will likely be approached by panhandlers while driving or walking around Old Montreal.

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.

WiFi

The City of Montreal offers free (though not reliable) 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

WEATHER

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