Montreal - Place d'Armes: 1 Public Square, 350 Years of History and Architecture

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Place d'Armes: 1 Public Square, 350 Years of History and Architecture

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(39 reviews)
Place d'Armes, Montreal, Canada
45 mins

About the tour

That’s a tall order in just 45 minutes! But the goal here is to tide you over until you can visit in person, right? Place d’Armes has had many functions over the centuries: military square, pumping station, streetcar terminal, and now a gathering place and antechamber to the jewel of Old Montreal, Notre Dame Basilica. Fran will not only present the monument at its centre and diverse architectural styles surrounding it, she’ll also explain how the square’s layout is certainly intentional with respect to representing a balance between the city’s two dominant cultures: French and English. Join her on this historical journey in romantic Old Montreal. À bientôt!

Meet Françoise Bâby

Françoise Bâby

The two most frequently asked questions Fran, a certified guide, hears on her tours are whether she is a native Montrealer and what her favourite “thing” about her city is. The answer to the first question is “yes”, and the answer to the second is “multiculturalism”, which, in her view, best defines Montreal. Sharing her enthusiasm and bragging about Montreal with visitors are what it’s all about. Although she has a penchant for great food (her mother is French after all!), history and architecture, what she enjoys most about guiding is the interaction with participants on her tours! Her wish is that you come away not so much with a tour or a lecture, but with a memorable experience.

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Montreal with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Montreal. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Lisa R.

05 August 2021

A well organized and informative look at the varied architecture in Montreal. I feel like I learned a lot. The tour was enjoyable and the postcard opportunities numerous. Thank you for a wonderful afternoon in Montreal.

🇨🇦 Wendy B.

04 August 2021

Great tour. I've been to Montreal but never learned about these buildings. Now I know through the excellent information from Françoise. Thank you

Carol Leslie L.

03 August 2021

I have taken several tours with Francoise. As a former Montrealer, she is always on point and so full of well-researched information I never knew about my former home. She is TRULY a pleasure!!!! BRAVA!

Clive 🇬🇧Manchester UK Globetrotter C.

03 August 2021

So much info on one location. The history of montreal in a nutshell

Susan P.

03 August 2021

She is so knowledgeable about Montreal. I really appreciate hearing about the architecture and history. Thank you.

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