Montreal is easily one of the most scenic cities in Canada and if you haven’t had a chance to explore its beauty and splendour, be sure to add this to your list of Must See destinations. When in Montreal, certainly there is plenty to see and do, by land and by water as the city is nestled along the coast of the St Lawrence River. A Bateau Mouche daily boat tour will provide the best views of Montreal’s skyline along the port, and of the city’s own manmade island. Plus, the friendly and informative tour guide will provide fascinating facts about the city and its history, and will answer any questions you may have about where to explore next and the best places to dine.
The Bateau Mouche offers day cruises, dinner cruises, and packages for special events. The day cruises are a great way to sit back, relax and gain an unobstructed view of the city from the water. Sailing rain or shine, guests are asked to dress weather appropriately and to arrive early in order to meet boarding times at the Jacques-Cartier Pier in Old Montreal. There are 60 or 90-minute tours available with multiple departures throughout the day. The tours are hosted by bilingual guides who offer explanations of the sights in both French and English. Bar drinks and snacks are available to order.
Guests can choose to sit outside on the deck and get the full experience of the wind and the water on a beautiful day or cozy up inside the Salle Panoramique. The guide can be heard clearly in either area and both offer spectacular views.
Views of the Montreal skyline are dazzling when seen from the boat, along with the city’s own sky-high Ferris Wheel, Le Grande Roue de Montreal. The tour guide is a fount of information about the city and you’ll learn plenty about the city than you may have known before. The boat passes by the historic Molson Brewery, currently under acquisition by the Coors Company, as well as the manmade Notre Dame Island built using the unearthed materials from the construction of the city’s metro line. You’ll pass by La Ronde amusement park with Goliath, the park’s signature roller coaster in clear view.
In the distance, you’ll see the iconic sculpture created by Alexander Calder entitled L’Homme, in its home at the Parc Jean-Drapeau constructed for the 1967 World Fair. Also constructed for the World Fair is Habitat 67, a unique collection of stacked cube housing unique to Montreal. Originally built with the intention of creating affordable luxury housing, the pricing for one of these apartments now starts at half a million dollars.
The guide also points out an interesting fact about the St Lawrence River, noting a strong current that runs through it at approximately 8 or 9 noughts given the river serves as a connecting point for the 5 Great Lakes.
On a beautifully sunny day, a cruise on the Bateau Mouche is a fantastic addition to your sightseeing adventures. With the port being situated in Old Montreal, you’re in the perfect location to take a stroll through the old city, grab lunch at a bistro and then board the Bateau Mouche for a tour along the river. There’s no better way to spend a gorgeous day.
Prices for the 60-minute day cruise are $25 for adults, $23 for students and the elderly (65+), and $12.50 for children ages 6 to 14. Children 5 and under are free. The purchase of an adult ticket receives one child ticket. The 90-minute cruises are approximately $5 more per pricing interval. Booking tickets online in advance is encouraged. The Bateau Mouche is a smoke-free environment.
For more information or to book, click HERE. Enjoy our Bateau Mouche tour video below.
Review and Montreal Skyline Footage by Samantha Wu
Photos and Interior Boat Footage by Yehuda Fisher