Montreal Entertainment District walking tour


Wondering what to do in Montreal’s Entertainment District? Our scavenger hunt is a 2/3-hr self-guided walking tour of the Quartier des Spectacles, with challenges!

Indeed, walk from the Place des Arts to Theatre St-Denis, by way of UQAM, BAnQ, Gesù, and much more. And, solve challenges at every step. Each challenge will tell you where you are going next as well as some local history and trivia.

The Montreal Entertainment District (Quartier des Spectacles) Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 3 km / 1.9 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! 32 sights on this tour
  • Learn some local history
  • Challenge your knowledge
  • 29 varied challenges
  • Fun for all ages, kids included
  • Walk at your own pace: 3 km / 1.9 mi
  • Pets are allowed throughout this tour
  • 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 Entertainment District (Quartier des Spectacles) Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 3 km / 1.9 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 the Montreal Entertainment District tourist scavenger hunt’s complete tour details, specifications, requirements, and city history. You’ll also find there the complete list of locations seen.

What you’ll see

Your Entertainment District scavenger hunt takes you to:

  • Place des Arts
  • The contemporary art museum of Montreal
  • Desjardins Complex
  • Nouveau Monde Theatre
  • Club Soda
  • Mtelus Theatre
  • UQAM
  • Montreal Friendship Gate
  • Gesù
  • Imperial Cinema
  • Old Montreal Cegep
  • Monument National
  • Montreal Pool Room
  • Montreal’s Chinatown
  • and much more

Indeed, 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. So, 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.

In a few instances when walking across the Place des Arts, you’ll encounter staircases. Know that accessibility ramps are also available nearby.

After purchase, to begin your hunt, you will need to be in front of the Desjardins Complexe, at 150 Saint-Catherine St, Montréal, QC H2X 3Y2. This is the start location.

Once there, log in to this website and begin your hunt, or go to My Account for instructions.

Early history

The island of Montreal was “discovered” by Jacques Cartier during 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 what’s now Old Montreal.

Montreal was finally founded in 1642 by Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve. 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.

1800s onwards

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.

Finally, 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. In fact, 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

in front of the Desjardins Complexe, at 150 Saint-Catherine St, Montréal, QC H2X 3Y2

End location

1 block east of the start location


32 sites can be seen: important buildings, monuments, plazas & attractions


29 varied challenges – all answers are available in front of your on-site, outdoors.


3.5 kilometers / 2.2 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

1 review for Montreal Entertainment District walking tour

  1. Robert Agramonte

    The scavenger hunt was great. We learned a lot and look forward to doing another one in the future.

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