Montreal downtown tourist scavenger hunt

Downtown Montreal 3-hour self-guided walking tour and scavenger hunt

Are you visiting Downtown Montreal? Are you looking for things to do in downtown Montreal? You should try this scavenger hunt to visit Downtown Montreal! It will take you to all the important places while offering you challenges at every step. Every challenge will lead to your next destination while offering local history and current trivia.

  • Central Station
  • Canada Place
  • Marie-Reine du Monde Basilica
  • McGill University
  • Concordia University
  • Bell Centre
  • Philipps Square
  • McCord Museum
  • Museum of Fine Arts

We live in Montreal and know it very well! This Tourist Scavenger Hunt is dear to us as we get to share our “neighborhood” with you. We hope you’ll enjoy it!


  • Starting point: on the sidewalk at 900a boulevard René-Lévesque W. H3B 4A5 between Place Ville-Marie and the Queen Elizabeth hotel.
  • Distance: 4.7 km / 2.3 mi
  • Duration: 2:30 – 3h
  • Method: Walking is ideal
  • Required:
    • A well-charged smartphone with a data plan
  • Suggested:
    • Bottled water
    • Local map

Jacques Cartier discovered the island of Montreal on his second trip to America, where he happened upon the Iroquoian village of Hochelaga. Samuel de Champlain who explored the St. Lawrence River 70 years later discovered that these Iroquois had left. He established, then abandoned a trading post in 1611 in Old Montreal.

Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve founded Montreal in 1642. Maisonneuve’s name was given to many landmarks throughout this city including a large park north of the Olympic Stadium in the east, as well as an important east-west artery that runs through the city center.

Montreal, the center of the hinterland at the time, passed from the French Empire to the British Empire in 1763. It was then inflated by new Scottish and English Bourgeois, as well as British-American loyalists fleeing the American Revolution.

Montreal became important in the late 1800s when rail connections to New York, Toronto, and the Maritime Provinces were established. In 1860, it was the largest British municipality in America until the end of WWII, when Toronto took over.

It is the 2nd most populous city in Canada and the 1st in Quebec. It stands on an island in the St. Lawrence River which connects Lake Ontario to the Atlantic Ocean. Montreal is also the largest French-speaking city in the Americas. It is considered the second-largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris.

Did you know that Montreal celebrated its 375th anniversary in 2017?