The old quarter

Old Montreal today …

These days, when the sun rises over Old Montréal, we revel in the enormous pleasure of watching a bustle of activity. The neighbourhood feels like a neighbourhood again, with the entire panoply of services of an integrated urban environment. For just over two decades now, thanks to a handful of brave and visionary pioneers, Old Montréal has been going through a period of renewal, once again in its venerable history…

First, the number of residents has risen from a couple of hundred to about 6,000.  Those residents lend authenticity to a neighbourhood that felt just a little bloodless 30 years ago. Now, again, there is a real community in Old Montréal.

In those same years, many offices opened up shop here, often in emerging industries. Today, there are over 1,500 offices, drawing over 40,000 workers to the area day after day. Which means a sizable business community now enlivens Old Montréal.

Meanwhile, the commercial offer has expanded and diversified considerably across the entire area. After the boutique hotels, signature restaurants and art boutiques came other innovative retail shops, opening their doors alongside those that were already doing business in Old Montréal.

And of course through this entire period of regeneration, the historic district remained the quintessential tourist destination for anyone interested in the origins of European culture in North America. All these things are also a daily part of what makes up the reality of Old Montréal, in addition to the high-quality heritage, museum and tourist offerings already in place.

Enjoy your visit!




ACCESS AND COMMUTING

IF YOU’RE WALKING:

Métro stations: 

  1. Square-Victoria
  2. Place-d’Armes
  3. Champ-de-Mars

Useful links: Métro system mapTicket prices

 

Bus lines

Old Montreal has a bus line specially assigned to the city’s historic quarter (and the Old Port area): The 715 bus

However, there are several other bus lines going to Old Montreal:
The main bus lines:

  • The 55 bus – BOUL. ST-LAURENT
  • The 129 bus – CÔTE STE-CATHERINE
  • The 14 bus – AMHERST
  • The 36 bus – MONK
  • The 61 bus – WELLINGTON
  • The 168 bus – CITÉ DU HAVRE

Useful links: Schedules | STM app: iPhone Android

 

IF YOU’RE DRIVING

Main thoroughfares 

> From the South Shore:

  • FROM THE CHAMPLAIN BRIDGE | Take the Wellington exit and follow the signs to Vieux-Montréal.
  • FROM THE JACQUES-CARTIER BRIDGE | When you exit the bridge, keep right. Turn right at the first set of lights (Maisonneuve blvd.). Keep left and drive to Berri street, turn left on Berri and stay on it until rue de la Commune.

> From downtown:

  • Berri street
  • St-Urbain street
  • de Bleury street (which is called du Parc north of Sherbrooke)
  • McGill street (called Beaver Hall north of Viger)

 

Parking

> See map

Useful link: P$ Mobile Service app

Bixi stations

> See map

Car2Go stations

> See map

Useful link: Car2Go app

Communauto stations

> See map

 

WIFI ZONES

Phase 1: Old Montreal and convention centre area

> Gradual deployment zone (streets marked in yellow)

> Useful link: Montreal WiFi | Free wireless internet access

 

OFFICIAL TOURIST MAP

The official Old Montreal tourist map is available in five languages and can be obtained from a number of distribution points in the area.

Official Old Montreal Tourist Map – 2016 edition

 

TECHNO-HISTORIC TOURS – MONTRÉAL EN HISTOIRES

GUIDED TOURS AND BICYCLE RENTALS

> Guided tours:

Guidatour Fantômes Montréal Ghost 

> Bicycle rentals:

Ça roule Montréal | Ma Bicyclette | Écorécréo

Photo ©Guidatour

 

RESIDENTS

Questions for Residents  : Living in Old Montreal and its Former Faubourgs

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INITIATIVE FROM A GROUP OF ESG UQÀM RESEARCHERS, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE SDC OLD MONTREAL AND THE ASSOCIATION OF RESIDENTS OF OLD MONTREAL

This study is financed in collaboration with the FRQSC (Fonds de recherche Québec Société et Culture) and the Mitacs Accélération program.

The result of this research project, closed since July 13, will be available in the near future.

Contact : habitervieuxmtl@gmail.com

 

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