Old Port (Vieux-Port), Montreal

Old Port (Vieux-Port), Montreal (must see)

Have a couple of hours to kill in Montreal? Wandering around the Vieux-Port is worth considering. The sheds, grain silos, and quays that line the port are relics from its heyday, but a major revamp in the 1980s transformed it into a booming recreation spot with new features added every year, including quay-side restaurants, cafés, and boutiques.

You'll find a "labyrinth" in Shed 16 (i.e. a maze of alleys and obstacles built inside an old waterfront warehouse), the Montréal Science Center and IMAX on King Edward Pier, and also a Clock Tower for a good view of the waterfront and the Islands.

The only things separating Vieux-Montréal from the Vieux-Port are Rue de la Commune and a thin park. The latter runs the entire length of the Old Port Promenade, offering tourists and locals an ideal spot to relax and catch a cool breeze off the water. You can access the riverfront for various activities (e.g. rollerblading, cycling, quadricycling, pleasure boating), take a boat cruise on the St-Lawrence, attend cultural events, or rent a pedal boat for a trip around Bonsecours Basin.

Why You Should Visit:
A port for all seasons, as there's always something happening here! Summer is great for all the activities & cruises or ferry rides on the river; Winter is great for skating on the outdoor rink or just playing in the snow. At all times of the year, the St-Lawrence river is awe-inspiring and powerful.

Tip:
One of the Port's gems is the Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil that often sets up its signature blue-and-yellow-striped tents here in spring. Highly recommended for those wishing to see amazing feats, but be warned: tickets sell fast!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 6am–11pm

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Old Port (Vieux-Port) on Map

Sight Name: Old Port (Vieux-Port)
Sight Location: Montreal, Canada (See walking tours in Montreal)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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