Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I book a tourist guide?
See our list of reputable agencies that can help you book a guide.
How much does it cost to book a guide?
Prices vary depending on the agency, the time of year, the length of the tour and the type of tour you are interested in doing. There are also certain agencies that offer set tours on a first come, first served basis. Contact individual agencies for details. For more information, please consult the List of Agencies »
Where can I get information about things to do in Montréal?
What type of tours are offered in Montréal?
What types of tours aren’t? Whether in a bus or on foot, privately or in a group, there is a guide waiting to show you all the sights. We’ll even get on a pair of rollerblades if that’s what it takes. From the Old City to Chinatown, the Golden Square Mile and Little Italy, we’ve got the city covered. We talk about history, art and architecture, multiculturalism, Canadian politics and everything in between. Thematic visits on history, architecture, public art, multi-culturalism, gastronomy, litterature, and many others are also offered.
Can you book an APGT tourist guide directly?
The APGT is a professional association which aims to promote its members, however it does not manage bookings. Please consult the List of Agencies » to hire a tourist guide.
How do I invite APGT members to an event or a new attraction in Montréal?
Please contact us.
I am a member of the media/press and would like to know more about Montréal.
The office of Tourisme Montréal has as one of its mandates to assist the media on stories related to Montréal. Alternatively you can contact one of the reputable agencies that organize guided tours of the city to book a tour. We also have a list of useful Links for museums and attractions in and around Montréal.
How can I be become a tourist guide in Montréal?
Before being allowed to purchase the necessary guiding permit from the City of Montréal, all potential guides must have completed the tour guide course offered by the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec.
Do you require a license/permit and/or certification to be a tourist guide in Montréal?
Yes, according to the municipal by-law G-2.
How can I become a member of the APGT?
To be invited to this professional association, you must have completed the tourist guide course given by a recognized institution and graduated and have a current City of Montréal tour guide permit. More information here »
What do you receive as membership services?
Mainly, the APGT is responsible for promoting the professionalism and skills of its members as well as providing refresher courses and other services helpful to tourism industry professionals. More information here »
How can I become a tour director?
Though permits and recognized training are not mandatory, most people complete a course in order to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the industry and develop useful skills. A training course is offered by the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec.
Is there a tour directors/tour managers association?
Yes, it is cleed the Corporation des guides-accompagnateurs du Québec (CGAQ).
How can I contact other tourist guides in Canada or around the world?
What languages can APGT members do tours in?
More than 98% of these members are bilingual (English and French) while 60% speak one or more of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese), Czech, Dutch, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish and sign language.
Are APGT members allowed to make commission?
No, the code of ethics of the APGT forbids it.
Is the APGT’s Board of Directors made up of volunteers or paid employees?
The board is entirely made up of volunteers.
What major projects have the APGT accomplished?
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