Montreal Downtown walking tour


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.

The Montreal Downtown Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 3.7 km / 2.3 mi self-guided walking tour with challenges along the way. It should take you 2-3 hours to complete.

  • A fun learning experience
  • See the sights! 38 locations
  • Learn some local history
  • Challenge your knowledge
  • 33 varied challenges
  • Fun for all ages, kids included
  • Walk at your own pace: 3.7 km / 2.3 mi
  • Pets allowed in all areas
  • Wheelchair and stroller accessible
  • Start whenever you are ready, from your smartphone – no fixed schedule
  • Take as little, or as much time as you wish to complete your hunt
  • Also available in French

Buy 1 scavenger hunt for your party of 1 to 6 people.

Scroll below for additional details, including locations seen, and how to start the activity.

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The Montreal Downtown Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 3.7 km / 2.3 mi self-guided walking tour with challenges along the way. It should take 2-3 hours to complete, and ends near the start location.

Click here for this tourist scavenger hunt’s complete tour details, specifications, requirements, and city history. You will also find here the complete list of locations on the itinerary.

What you’ll see

  • Central Station
  • Canada Place
  • Marie-Reine du Monde Basilica
  • McGill University
  • Concordia University
  • Bell Centre
  • Philipps Square
  • McCord Museum
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Place Ville-Marie
  • St-Catherine Street
  • Olympic Home in Montreal
  • The Hudson’s Bay Company
  • Leonard Cohen mural
  • Roddick Gates
  • and much more

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!

This scavenger hunt has a difficulty level of NORMAL.

The ideal group size is between 2 and 6 people – but is not restricted to this. Children are welcome and will enjoy most of the challenges.

After purchase, to begin your hunt, you will need to be on boulevard René-Lévesque W. between Place Ville-Marie and the Queen Elizabeth hotel. This is the start location.

Once there, stand outside and log in to this website and begin your hunt, or go to My Account and follow the instructions.

Ancient History

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.

Recent History

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?

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Additional information

Start location

on boulevard René-Lévesque W. between Place Ville-Marie and the Queen Elizabeth hotel

End location

Marie-Reine du Monde Basilica, 1 block west of the start location.


38 sights seen on this tour: important buildings, monuments, plazas & attractions


33 varied challenges throughout this tour – all answers are available in front of your on-site, outdoors.


3.7 kilometers / 2.3 miles


2h30 to 3 hours at normal walking speed (no rush).
Take as long as you want though.


Smartphone with internet access (LTE, 4G, 3G)
WiFi is not available throughout the course


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