The Old Port of Montreal is a historic port in Old Montreal that features lots of activities, hosts many events and is home to food trucks and restaurants.
The Old Port of Montreal
Located beside the Saint Lawrence River in Old Montreal, the Old Port of Montreal’s history dates back to the 17th century when French settlers used it as a place to trade. Today, the area has blossomed into a popular tourist location that features lots of fun activities to try. There are unique boutiques that sell items such as hats, jewellery, and tasty snacks. However, the Old Port of Montreal is most known for the activities that it offers.
Some areas of the port almost function like an amusement park. There is a Ferris wheel that visitors can ride which gives them a clear view of downtown Montreal. More adventurous folks can participate in obstacle courses or even glide over the port on a zipline.
Due to its proximity to the Saint Lawrence River, the port also features many water-based activities. Visitors can have a guided tour of the surrounding area on a cruise or rent a pedal boat and choose where they’d like to go. Adrenaline junkies have the option to go on a speedboat or drive a jet-ski; the options are seemingly endless!
Each event is priced separately and most individual adult tickets range from $20 to $30. Family passes are available and amount to discounted rates. Visitors also have the option of buying an Attractions Passport, which allows them to get up to 40% off when compared with purchasing activities individually. The Attractions Passport offers lots of different packages to choose from, all of which include between 2-4 activities.
As of the January, 2022, the Old Port of Montreal is open daily from 6:00 am until midnight. It’s a great place to visit if you’re in the city!
The Old Port of Montreal didn’t host many events last year due to COVID-19. Thankfully, many have begun to return!
- The Grand Poutinefest (July 13 to 31, 2022): try unique items loaded on poutine! Some flavours include teriyaki and lobster, and don’t forget to try the homemade lemonade too. Cirque Éloize will also be putting on a performance to keep people entertained while enjoying some unique flavours.
- Les Visages de Montreal: Les Visages de Montreal is one of many projects created by Inside Out, an initiative started by French artist JR. Inside Out helps people fight for their beliefs and honours them by displaying black and white portraits of individuals in public. Les Visages de Montreal will be showcasing the faces of people who have displayed the most courage and resiliency over the past year. (It took place from July 17 to September 30 in 2021. 2022 details are to be confirmed.)
- Cirque du Soleil (April 28-June 19, 2022): the famous circus returns to the Old Port of Montreal this year! Talented acrobats will treat the city to jaw-dropping performances. Tickets are on sale as of June 21, so make sure you don’t miss out! Check out the Cirque du Soleil website to purchase them.
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