The Old Port of Montréal offers something for everyone. The Old Port of Montréal is a premier tourism and event venue in Québec, attracting millions of visitors each year. The historic Old Port welcomes many types of cultural and entertainment activities, such as culinary, sports, music and outdoor festivals.
The Old Port of Montreal is the most visited recreational and tourist site in Canada, with more than 7 million visitors each year. Located on a 2.2-kilometre strip of land between Old Montreal and the St. Lawrence River, this historic site is a must-see for visitors, who enjoy its promenade, access to the harbourfront and lively activities.
The Old Port of Montreal is teeming with cultural and outdoor activities and entertainment of all kinds, along with an urban beach, skating rink and marina. The Old Port also hosts major events that include the Cirque du Soleil, Igloofest, and the Canada Day and New Year’s Eve celebrations by the banks of the river.
Whether for relaxing pursuits or fascinating discoveries, attractions, restaurants or shopping, the Old Port is a favourite iconic destination in Quebec.
Yesterday and today… the Old Port of the future
The Old Port is adjacent to Place Royale, the very spot where the City of Montreal was founded. Proud of its rich heritage and industrial past, the Old Port strives to enhance these attributes for the edification of millions of visitors.
The port features many historic buildings, including the Clock Tower (constructed from 1919-1922) that marks the entrance to the port and is a monument to sailors lost at sea in the First World War.
Inaugurated in 1992 after investments of $125 million by the Government of Canada, the Old Port continues to be developed and draw visitors closer to the harbourfront. An ambitious master plan was developed, after a robust consultation process, that will lead to the revitalization of this historic site. Along with highlighting the area’s many green spaces and the promenade, the project will breathe new life into Silo 5 and the Pointe-du-Moulin waterfront district. Canada Lands wants to offer extended points of entry, privileged access to the water and new, unobstructed views of the St. Lawrence River. Silo 5, one of the harbour’s most iconic structures, will soon be open to the public and offer visitors a spectacular view of the city.