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MTL Detours is a small-group walking tour company focused on showing guests the real, authentic, local side of Montreal. Groups are capped at a maximum of 10 participants - I want you to have the attention that you deserve and provide you with a personal experience. Your main guide Lesley is a local Montreal expert who will show you all the nooks and crannies of this fascinating city. I only offer walking tours because the best way to see Montreal is on foot and I have created the best routes that showcase the highlights of Montreal. If you want to see the real Montreal and learn about what makes this city so special, join me on one of my carefully curated tours. MTL Detours tours are open, diverse & inclusive - all people are welcome. During the busy season, I work with a select group of top-notch fellow guides to help me out - you'll be in excellent hands!

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Meet your guide Lesley

Lesley Thompson


MTL Detours is the result of Lesley’s lifelong love affair with her hometown – the unique and absolutely fabulous city of Montreal.

Born and raised in Montreal, Lesley’s friends have nicknamed her “Miss Montreal”. As an avid walker and photography enthusiast, Lesley has always spent her free time exploring Montreal on foot and capturing the city through her lens.

Her studies in Tourism led her to a rich and varied career spanning over 20 years in the local Montreal tourism industry. An insatiable curiosity for history, architecture, urban planning, art, politics, culture and all things Montreal led her to pursue studies at the Hotel & Tourism Institute of Quebec (ITHQ) to obtain her diploma, certification and licence as a professional Montreal Tourist Guide.


Combining her experiences, interests and passion for Montreal, she made the big jump and created her own walking tour company specializing in small groups – MTL Detours – in 2019.


She loves showing visitors around town and sharing not only her knowledge, fave spots and insights, but also her contagious enthusiasm and passion for Montreal. Nothing beats being shown around by a true local expert who loves their city!

A select handful of outstanding fellow guides work with me on occasion during the busy season and you'll be in very good hands. 

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* Please note that all my tours are offered in English by default. For a tour in French, please contact me to make arrangements. Merci beaucoup! *

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Explore Old Montreal

2 hours: 10:30 am / 1:30 pm

$39.00 CAD + taxes/fees

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Explore the Plateau Mont-Royal & Mile End

2.5 hours:  1:30 pm

$49.00 CAD + taxes/fees

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Discover the RESO Underground City

2.5 hours: 1:30 pm

$39.00 CAD + taxes/fees

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Winter Charms of Old Montreal

2 hours: 11:00 am / 2:00 pm

$39.00 CAD + taxes/fees

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MTL DUO: Underground City
+ Old Montreal

This tour is paused and will be back soon.

2 hours: 10:30 am / 1:30 pm

$39.00 CAD + taxes/fees

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If you're looking for a customized, tailor-made experience perfectly curated just for you, you're in the right place. Whether it's architecture, food, public art & murals, industrial heritage, or just straight up history - we've got you covered. Please send a message with your wish list!



Montreal, Quebec, Canada


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