Montreal may be one of North America's most stylish and forward-thinking cities, but it's also one of its oldest - and there's no better place to discover the city's rich history than in its aptly named Old Montreal neighborhood. 

At the center of town within an easily walk able few blocks, quaint cobblestone streets, lovely early architecture and fascinating historical sites blend with trendy shops, ultramodern art galleries and exceptional restaurants and hotels to create what's easily Montreal's most wander-worthy district. 

Old Montreal is a historic neighborhood within the municipality of Montreal in the province of Quebec, Canada. Founded by French settlers in 1642 as Fort Ville-Marie, Old Montreal is home to many structures which date back to the era of New France. The 17th century settlement lends its name to the borough in which the neighborhood lies, Ville-Marie. 

Old Montreal's narrow cobblestone streets are full of lively plazas and charming shops and cafes. Landmarks include the Notre-Dame Basilica, a soaring Gothic Revival church, and the Pointe-a-Calliere museum with city archeological ruins. Along the St. Lawrence River, the Old Port of Montreal is home to the Montreal Science Center and the iconic Clock Tower, with views from the top.