Old Port in the winter
Ice skating, ice fishing, fireworks and more: the Old Port doesn't quiet down in the winter
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Even in the dead of winter, the Old Port is a source of entertainment and fun. When those cold winds start blowing the snow around, that’s when it’s time to break out the skates and head to the port. There you’ll find an outdoor skating rink at the Bonsecours Basin, lights and music included.
Also, with ice comes ice fishing, as more than 300,000 feet of river near the Old Port’s Clock Tower Pier becomes a home to an urban ice fishing village, which includes heated ice shanties; a fishing permit for each family is required to enjoy the activity.
Not to be missed is Telus’s Fire on Ice event, a winter fireworks show that takes place over Christmas break, lighting up the sky above the port.
The Old Port is also one of the districts linked to Nuit Blanche, the annual all-night arts and culture festival and a great time to become acquainted with nearby museums, watch live performances or just stroll around and take in the atmosphere.The 19th edition of the event will take place on March 3, 2018.
The Montreal Science Centre and its IMAX theatre are also located in the Old Port, on the King Edward Quay.
Still not sure what you want to do? Here’s an interactive map that will help you explore the port on your own and check out all it has to offer: oldportofmontreal.com/map.
Public transit: Place d’Armes, Square Victoria-OACI metro stations, bus #715
Parking: Metered on the street or lots
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Want to know what it's like to skate at the Old Port? Check out this video: