Montreal Old Port

333 de la Commune West Montreal, QC H2Y 2E2,Canada

The Old Port of Montreal is the historic port of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Located in Old Montreal, it stretches for over two kilometres along the St-Lawrence River in Old Montreal. It was used as early as 1611, when French fur traders as a trading post.

The Old Port was redeveloped in the early 1990s, under the direction of architects Aurèle Cardinal and Peter Rose. Today it is a recreational and historical area and draws six million tourists annually.

Old Port offers access to a wide variety of activities, including the Montreal 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.

Like Quebec City, Old Montreal is European in character. Cobblestone streets, a cafe culture and historic 17th and 18th century architecture all contribute to its charm. The best way to get around once there is most definitely on foot.

Old Montreal Museums & Historical Highlights

Point-a-Calliere Museum is a wonderful museum that explores the history of Montreal through archaeological studies and artefacts.

Notre Dame Basilica, completed in 1829 has a unique light and sound show that recounts a history of Old Montreal and the church.

Centre d'histoire de Montréal is set in a historic fire hall and focuses on the history of Montreal.

Chateau Ramezay Museum explores the history of Quebec and Montreal through paintings and artefacts in a former governor's residence. Lovely cafe and gardens.

When to Visit Old Montreal

Montreal winters are long and cold, so from after Christmas until the May long weekend, Old Montreal is quiet. In fact, some restaurants and businesses shut down for winter. Warmer months, especially July when many popular festivals occur, are definitely the preferred.


Montreal has an ongoing series of festivals, that flow throughout the year. Many areas of the city are closed to traffic to allow festivalgoers to enjoy shows in a safe environment. Whether it's jazz, comedy, food, fashion or any number of activities, Montreal is first and foremost a place to have fun.


Montreal boasts a wide range of cultural experiences and events in both French and English. The city is home to a diverse offering of art, architecture, music, cinema, theatre and dance activities that cater to locals and tourists alike.

Mapview of Montreal Old Port

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