Old Montréal (Vieux-Montréal), bounded by the river and rues des Soeurs-Grises, Notre-Dame and St-Hubert (M: Place-d'Armes, Square-Victoria or Champ-de-Mars), is a 38-hectare (94-acre) historic area with some buildings dating to the 17th century. Government offices, courthouses, shipping interests and the financial district occupy the site of Ville-Marie, the original settlement.
In House of the Mother d'Youville (Maison de mère d'Youville), residence and headquarters of the Sisters of Charity of Montréal (“Grey Nuns of Montréal”), visitors can view artifacts of Montréal's early history and tour rooms in which Marguerite d'Youville lived and died; reservations are required.
The Old City is best seen by walking along rues Notre-Dame, Bonsecours and St-Paul. A brochure with a map outlining a self-guiding tour of the area is available from Tourisme Montréal.