Montreal’s Old Port is one of the city’s go-to spots for visitors, with plenty of food, festivities and fun to look forward to. The two kilometers of riverfront is great for walking, cycling, and rollerblading, or if you prefer less conventional methods of transport, you can rent quadricycles, segways and pedal boats.
If you’re looking for something free to do with the family, check out the port’s historic Clock Tower, which boasts a spectacular view of the St. Lawrence River if you don’t mind tackling 192 steps to get to the top.
Also, the Montreal International Fireworks Competition takes place on Saturdays and select Wednesdays in July with the Grande Finale happening on August 5th; essentially any spot along the port will offer a good vantage point from which to take in the show.
Ile Bonsecours offers urban ziplining and a huge terrace where you can rest and grab a bite to eat. The Clock Tower Beach is also open throughout the summer and provides a vacation-like experience with fine sand, chairs and parasols.
Furthermore, you can explore the eclectic mix of activities and attractions the port offers throughout the season: the SOS Labyrinthe, an adventure mega-maze; the Fear Walkthrough, an interactive haunted house; Voiles en Voiles, an outdoor playground with a pirate motif; the Montreal Science Centre and the IMAX TELUS Theatre. New in 2017 is the Montreal Observation Wheel, opening in June, offering a 60-meter high, panoramic view of the river, Old Montreal, downtown and the mountains.
Watch the video below to see all that the Old Port of Montreal has to offer families during the summer months.
And if you like music and food, the port hosts a number of festivals every summer such as A Taste of the Caribbean, the Great Montreal Ribfest, the Montreal International Reggae Festival, the Orientalys Festival, the Eureka Festival and so much more.
There’s plenty of shopping along the water where you can find everything from candy and temporary tattoos for the kids to home décor and jewelry. From sail boating and fishing to cruises and jet boating, the Old Port of Montreal truly has something for everyone.
Check out the video below to take a tour of a number of the summer boutiques at the Old Port.
Public transit: Place d’Armes, Square Victoria-OACI metro stations, bus 715
Parking: Metered on the street or lots
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