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Montreal tours

Walking tours

Héritage Montréal offers a number of 'Architectours' of the city's historical architecture and neighbourhoods. Guidatour offers daily tours of Old Montreal, departing from the Basilique Notre-Dame.

Tel: +1 514 286 2662; +1 514 844 4021.
Website: http://www.heritagemontreal.qc.ca

Bicycle tours

Guidatour offers guided cycling tours. It covers 15km (9.5 miles) in three hours and takes in the Old Port, the Latin Quarter, La Fontaine Park, The Plateau, Mount-Royal Park, the Underground City and Old Montreal. Other cycling tours are available on request. The free-spirited can find maps of the city's network to plan a personalised journey at Voyagezfute.

Tel: +1 514 844 4021.
Website: http://www.voyagezfute.ca

Montreal excursions

Lachine Canal

Leading west from the Old Port is the historic Lachine Canal. Dating from 1825, it originally allowed boats to bypass the Lachine Rapids and was only re-opened for pleasure craft in 2002. Today, there are now 14km (9 miles) of bicycle paths along the canal and a couple of interesting historic sites. For fresh air, you can walk alongside the canal or for a rush of adrenaline sign up for a jet-boat or rafting trip.

Tel: +1 514 284 9607; +1 514 767 2230.
Website: http://www.raftingmontreal.com/fr

Laurentian Mountains

This region, to the north of Montreal along Highway 15, is one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world and now a major North American skiing centre and popular spot for hiking and cycling. Nonetheless, there is still a huge amount of untouched wilderness to be explored - particularly in the Parc du Mont-Tremblant, about 130km (81 miles) from Montreal.

At 935m (3,068ft), Mont-Tremblant is the highest mountain in the region and a major ski and outdoors centre. Trendy Mont St-Sauveur offers terrific night skiing and is popular for its proximity to Montreal - about 60km (37 miles).

Tel: +1 450 224 7007; +1 800 561 6673.
Website: http://www.laurentians.com

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