This summer, take advantage of Montreal’s beautiful waterways by cruising down the St Lawrence River and around the Old Port. With wet and wild speedboat rides, tranquil day tours, night cruises with firework displays and budget boat rides, Montreal has a cruise for everyone.
For a wild ride, check out a jet boating or speed boating tour! Saute Moutons offers 1 hour tours on the Lachine Rapids that promise to make a splash.
Jetboat tours run every two hours and speedboat tours leave every thirty minutes. Saute Moutons’ boating season runs spring through autumn.
For an environmentally friendly way to tour Montreal’s waters, check out Le Petit Navire. They offer a variety of tours in electrically powered boats that are silent and non-polluting.
They have a 45 minute guided tour of Montreal’s Old Port and a 90 minute Lachine Canal Cruise. Each tour includes a guided narrative of the history of The Old Port and its sights by the captain.
Le Petit Navire’s boat tours run May 8 through October 17.
Montréal Amphi-Bus is a guided tour that brings guests through the streets of Old Montreal and into the waters of the Old Port – all in the same vehicle.
A guide will give you interesting narratives on Montreal’s rich history while taking riders past famous sights like: Habitat 67, Notre Dame Basilica and Bonsecours Market.
Amphi-Bus Tours run from May 1st through October 31st. This season, they are offing a $7.00 discount on one of their daily tours. Visit their website for more information about this special discount.
Navettes (Water Shuttles)
Navettes are a fun and inexpensive way to get around in parts of Montreal. Some shuttles take up to an hour to get from their departure to arrival point making them a great budget boat ride.
Montreal’s navettes take riders between Saint-Louis and parc René-Lévesque, from parc René-Lévesque to Parc de la Commune de Châteauguay, between the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal and Longueuil and Quays of the Old Port of Montreal and Île Ste-Hélène (Jean-Drapeau Park).
Prices range from $2 to about $6 for a one way ticket. Bicycles are welcome on navettes.
Many cruise companies also offer special night tours during Montreal’s International Firework Festival. You can see the musically synced firework displays from a beautiful vantage point and enjoy a night cruise at the same time.