|Neighbourhood |||Old Montreal|
|Getting There |||Champ-de-Mars, Square Victoria and Place D'Armes Metros are all nearby|
|10AM-10PM 7 days a week. (Office)|
Profile Last Updated: September 11, 2008
Declared an historical district in 1963, the Old Port of Montreal has been the lifeblood of this city's social, economic and cultural history ever since early French fur traders used it as a trading post in 1611. Having played an integral role in the development of New France over the course of two centuries, the Port of Montreal – as it was then known – enjoyed continued importance under British rule well into the late nineteenth century. Now operated by the federal government of Canada, the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal and their wealth of cultural, artistic, sporting, recreational and historical activities are a favourite destination for tourists and Montrealers alike during all four seasons.
The Mighty Saint-Lawrence
Having undergone a complete redevelopment and restoration project in 1992, the Quays of the Old Port now attract well over five million visitors per year. Stretching a total of 2.4 kilometres along the banks of the mighty Saint-Lawrence River, the Quays of the Old Port boast a wide range of outdoor activities including a vast network of cycling and rollerblading paths that connect to the Lachine Rapids and Île-Notre-Dame bike paths, as well as river rafting, boat tours, festivals and ice skating at the famous Bonsecours Basin skating rink.
Of course, the Quays of the Old Port have no shortage of indoor activities and are the site of such popular recreational centres as the Montreal Science Centre and the IMAX theatre, as well as various boutiques and restaurants. An ideal outing that the entire family can enjoy, a visit to the Quays of the Old Port is a journey into the heart of Montreal!
Don't Miss: No visit to the Old Port would be complete without checking out the famous Clock Tower Pier, inaugurated in 1919 by His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales.