Vieux Port - Old Port, Montreal

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333 Rue de la Commune O., Montréal, QC H2Y 2E2 +1 514-496-7678

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    Old Port of Montreal

    by apbeaches Updated Jul 6, 2015

    The Old Port of Montreal (French: Vieux-Port de Montréal) is the historic port of Montreal, stretching for over two kilometres along the St-Lawrence River. It was used as early as 1611, when French fur traders used it as a trading post. In the early 1990's, the Old Port was redeveloped by architects Aurèle Cardinal and Peter Rose. Now it's a recreational and historical area and draws millions of tourists annually.

    The historical Old Port offers a wide variety of activities, including the Montréal Science Centre, with an IMAX Theatre, and the Montreal Clock Tower. It offers riverfront access for walking, cycling, roller-blading, quadricycle, pedalo and Segway rentals. It is also located at the eastern end of the Lachine Canal, which has itself been extensively refurbished as a popular destination for cycling, roller-blading and pleasure boating. Cultural events include the Festival Montréal en lumière, Igloofest Barbequefest and the Matsuri Japon festiva happen here.

    In June 2012, an urban beach, called the Plage de l'Horloge (Clock Beach), opened adjacent to the Clock Tower. The beach consists of sand, Adirondack chairs, a boardwalk, a bar, showers and misting stations. Visitors are charged a fee for admission. Work began on the site in the fall of 2011, including the installation of parasols. The beach was designed by Claude Cormier, who has also designed urban beaches in Toronto.

    The Old Port of Montreal changed its name to The Quays of the Old Port of Montreal in 2005. Every 2 years the Cirque du Soleil launches its new show from the Jacques Cartier Quay.

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    Not that interesting but not to be missed either 2

    by King_Golo Written Nov 26, 2007

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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.

    Old factory next to the port

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    The Old Port (Vieux Port)

    by ct-bound Updated Mar 12, 2005

    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.

    The old port (vieux port)

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    Shakespeare in the park

    by ct-bound Written Aug 5, 2004

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    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!

    The old port (vieux port)
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    Mosaiculture

    by BEETLE_VERTE Written Mar 21, 2004

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    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).

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    Old Port of Montreal

    by lovemycacti Written Mar 2, 2004

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    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.

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    Vieux-Port (Old Montréal)

    by jglsongs Written Feb 6, 2004

    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.

    The Marche

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  • Gardens in the Old Port. I'm...

    by PrairieDee Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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    Old Port (vieux Port)

    by rafighi Updated Sep 29, 2014

    Very near to metro station champ-de-mars.
    Full of lovely restaurants and beautiful shops who sell the canadian typical souvenirs.

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    Vieux Port

    by Jim_Eliason Written Aug 20, 2006

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    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.

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    Riverfront

    by el_ruso Written Aug 15, 2005

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    The quay at the riverfront is home to the ferries and pleasure cruise boats, as well as to a marina.

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