General information on the Old Port

Here is some practical information on the Old Port, main site for Canada Day in Montreal.
The site is accessible in many different ways and features all of the basic public services.




Discover the Old Port

Located near bicycle paths, several parks, pathways and large green spaces on the Lachine Canal, the Old Port is a magical place. The main festivities surrounding Canada Day took place in the Old Port of Montreal, a district filled with history.

It is in fact on the St. Lawrence River that arrived in 1642 the founder of Montreal, Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve. Afterwards, the first French settlers established themselves nearby. It is thanks to its port activities that Ville-Marie was developed to become the large international metropolis that is Montréal today.

Today, the Old Port of Montreal is host to more than 6 million visitors each year. They come by air, land but also by sea! Old Montreal is a port of call enjoyed by large ocean cruise ships. With its marina and yacht-club, it is also a port of call used by local pleasure crafts, Canadian, American and others.

There are also many other tourist attractions to enjoy: cruises, Amphi-bus, riverboats, IMAX 3D, bicycle rentals, etc. Located nearby, Place Jacques-Cartier is where public entertainers and musicians gather to liven up the area. One can also explore nearby streets for a number of boutiques, bistros, cafés and restaurants.

Public services

  • Metro
  • Parking
  • ATMs
  • Bathrooms, fountains
  • Telephones
  • Restaurants and vending machines
  • Free Wi-Fi network
  • Services for people with limited mobility


Old Port History

1642
Founding of Montreal by Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve. He most likely accosted in the Old Port.
1809
The Accommodation is the first steam boat to make the journey between Montreal and Quebec.
1850
Dredging a channel between Montreal and Lake Saint-Pierre. The port of Montreal can now receive transoceanic ships.
1898
Perfecting the port's installations: concrete docks, steel hangars, grain basins and silos.
1922
Inauguration of the Clock Tower.

1976
Moving the port to the east, putting an end to the harbor's activities in Old Montreal.
1982
Restoration of the Clock Tower and demolition of Silo No. 1 to open the view to the river.
1992
Inauguration of the "New Old Port of Montreal" for the 350th anniversary of the founding of the city.

CANADA LEGENDARY FOR 150 YEARS

*This project has been made possible in part by the government of Canada.