About the Old Port of Montréal
A division of the Canada Lands Company, the Old Port of Montréal is a recreational tourism site, which, for over 25 years, has offered a variety of family, nautical and other leisure activities to more than 6 million visitors annually. It is home to the Montréal Science Centre, the second largest facility of its kind in the country, which provides a multitude of opportunities for scientific discovery as well as IMAX® larger-than-life films to more than 650,000 visitors each year.
It also contains delightful terraces, an urban beach with fine sand, and one of the loveliest skating rinks in the country. Its diversified programming encompasses a wide range of cultural, culinary, sporting and musical events as well as open-air festivals, including the internationally renowned Cirque du Soleil and Igloofest.
The Old Port is also a rich repository of history, both as a port and as a maritime, technological and industrial site. Of significant Quebec and Canadian heritage value, it is located near Place Royale (where the City of Montréal was founded), the Main (Saint-Laurent Boulevard) National Historic Site, and the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. One of its iconic buildings is the Clock Tower, erected between 1919 and 1922 to mark the entrance to the port and commemorate the sailors who were lost at sea during the First World War.