Looking for things to do in Montreal? Try our tourist scavenger hunt which takes you on foot throughout the Plateau Mont-Royal neighborhood!
See the main sites of interest in this beautiful neighborhood, including Mount Royal Park, Saint-Louis Square, and many others while also solving challenges at every step. Each challenge will tell you where you are going next and a bit of local history and advice.
Scavenger Hunt information :
- Quat’Sous Theatre
- Mount-Royal Fusiliers
- Saint-Louis Square
- Jeanne-Mance Park
- Montreal Jewish Museum
- Portugal Park
- Sir George-Étienne Cartier Monument
- Mount-Royal Park
- Aujourd’hui Theatre
- Leonard Cohen’s house
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: in front of the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec at 3535 Saint-Denis St, Montreal, QC H2X 3P1
- Distance: 3.7 km / 2.3 mi
- Duration: 2 – 3 hours
- Method: on foot
- Required: A well-charged smartphone with a data plan
- Bottled water
- Local map
Discovery and founding
Discoverer Jacques Cartier happened upon the Iroquoian village of Hochelaga during his second trip to America. 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.
Montreal was finally founded in 1642 by Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve. Maisonneuve’s name figures prominently throughout the city on landmarks and a large park north of the Olympic Stadium in the east. As well, an important east-west artery that runs through the city center bears his name.
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?
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