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A second thing that somehow disappointed me was the old port of Montréal. This "sight" was described to be a highlight of a visit to Montréal in my guidebook - but there's hardly anything interesting about it in reality! The port is completely boring, doesn't look old at all and is only worth visiting when you plan on rollerblade through the city (because there's a rollerblade rental place). However, next to the port is an old factory building that is quite impressive from the outside. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a way to get in there - that would have been something interesting at least.
The Old Port (Vieux Port)
The old port is located just south of Old Montreal, along the waterway.
There is lots to see and do (especially for families). Montreal's science world, shopping, green parks, paddle boats in the lagoon, and bicyle and rollerblade rentals (with helmets).
In the evenings, there are often free concerts or open air theatre. When I was there, I saw a great performance (free) of Shakespeare's midsummer night's dream.
Shakespeare in the park
In the summer, there was a travelling tour of Shakespeare (a Midsummer Night's dream). It played in Theatre Verdure in Parc Lafontaine one night, and in the open grass field at the Vieux Port another. All free!
This was the most enjoyable performance of Shakespeare I've seen yet. It was very appealing to all audiences, using modern English, a bit of french, and the odd showtune thrown in at just the right moment.
A real must-see!
- Family Travel
If you've got the chance (there have been talk that they wont come back for a while), go in the old port of Montreal (in Old Montreal) and visit this beautifull botanical exhibit. It's up all summer long, until the flowers die...
Gardeners and architects from around the world gather around a theme to create those impressive sculptures with flowers and folliage. The site is big and the exhibit is very impressive (I had the feeling it could be tacky at first, but it's really worth it).
- Arts and Culture
Old Port of Montreal
The Old Port area of Montreal is a classic, timeless beauty of cobblestone streets, charming boutiques and outdoor vendors. Fall in love, or rediscover yourself amongst a relaxed setting full of quaint nooks, winding pathways and trendy eateries.
Also in this area is the Aquabus (a yellow and blue bus that takes you on a tour of the old port area and then enters the river for a small riverboat tour, I recommend). You could also catch a romantic (yet sometimes overpriced) horse-drawn carriage through the old port area. Nearby is the famed Notre Dame de Basilique and funky little shops and bakeries.
Exhibitions, artists, concerts and more fun events frequent this area, so be sure to check ahead. Also stop by the Montreal Museum of Archeology, the Royal Bank and Montreal Science Centre. Take your camera! Plenty of gorgeous historic buildings.
Vieux-Port (Old Montréal)
The old riverfront has been meticulously restored and is bustling with restaurants, cafes, galleries, shops, harbor cruises, even a public space and an IMAX theatre.
The cobblestone streets with the occassional passing calèche (horse and carriage) adds a charm to the Vieux-Port. There are some tourist traps here (shops which overly commercialize T-shirts, maple candy and the Franco/Anglo linguistic wars), but there are also beautiful places to see and experience.
Gardens in the Old Port. I'm...
Gardens in the Old Port. I'm not sure of the name of the sculpture gardens in the Old Port, maybe it was 'MosaicCultures'?
The sculptures made of bushes and shrubs were fantastic. You can see much of the gardens by walking along the park, so unless you are very interested you can save the admission price.
Old Port (vieux Port)
Very near to metro station champ-de-mars.
Full of lovely restaurants and beautiful shops who sell the canadian typical souvenirs.
- Sailing and Boating
- Family Travel
- Food and Dining
The Old port along the St Lawerance River has been transformed from an industrial area into parks, shops and restaurants. Its a great place to get a bite to eat or to just roam.
- Budget Travel
- Food and Dining
The quay at the riverfront is home to the ferries and pleasure cruise boats, as well as to a marina.
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