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Old Montreal

Once the hub for Montreal’s booming shipping industry, this historic and recreational area now draws millions of visitors to the banks of the St. Lawrence River. 

Montreal’s economy has always depended on its port. First established in the earliest days of the Ville-Marie colony in the 1600s, the port’s busiest era was between the years 1896 to 1930. Today’s Old Port is a much-loved reminder of Montreal’s maritime heyday and is a popular place for locals and visitors to unwind. 

The Old Port’s expansive stretch of waterfront is filled with history and tall tales. Join a 90-minute walking tour or download the self-guided interactive tour, “5 generations, one Port.” Or simply rent a quadricycle, bicycle, Segway or rollerblades and enjoy the bike paths and promenades. 

Stop by the antique Clock Tower on Victoria Pier. This tan tower has served as a timepiece, lighthouse and sailors’ memorial since its construction in 1922. Climb the 192 steps to the top of the tower for some of the best views of the St. Lawrence River and the Montreal skyline.

During the summer months, relax on the banks of the St. Lawrence River at Clock Tower Beach. For a small entrance fee, visitors can enjoy the Adirondack chairs, misting stations, a bar and fine sand of this lovely urban beach. Rent a paddleboat to see gorgeous views of the city from the water.

The first two locks of the Lachine Canal lie in the Old Port. Until its construction in 1825, the Lachine Rapids forced incoming shipping to be hauled overland to reach Montreal. Spend some time here, and you might get to witness the fascinating process of a ship passing through the lock.

For visitors with children, the Science Museum on King Edward Pier is a must. This museum features an IMAX theater and interactive exhibits covering technology, science and media. In keeping with the museum’s location, one exhibit is dedicated to sea-cargo technology. 

Bus stops line the Rue de la Commune, just a short walk away from the Old Port. The closest metro stops are several blocks away. Parking is available for a fee at the garage on Rue Champ de Mars, three blocks west of the Old Port.


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Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown CA $149
Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown

Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown

155 Rene Levesque Boulevard East, Montreal, QC
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street, The Underground City and Complexe Desjardins. Notre Dame Basilica and Old Port of Montreal are also within 15 minutes. Champ-de-Mars Station is 5 minutes by foot and Saint Laurent Station is 6 minutes.

    Hotel Bonaventure Montreal CA $129
    Hotel Bonaventure Montreal

    Hotel Bonaventure Montreal

    900 rue De La Gauchetiere West, Montreal, QC
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Underground City, Bell Centre and Christ Church Cathedral. Notre Dame Basilica and Saint Joseph's Oratory are also within 6 mi (10 km). Montreal Central Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bonaventure Station is 2 minutes.

      Best Western Plus Montreal Downtown-Hotel Europa CA $79
      Best Western Plus Montreal Downtown-Hotel Europa

      Best Western Plus Montreal Downtown-Hotel Europa

      1240 Drummond Street, Montreal, QC
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Ville-Marie, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street and The Underground City. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Bell Centre are also within 10 minutes. Peel Station is 6 minutes by foot and Lucien L'Allier Station is 7 minutes.

        Loews Hotel Vogue CA $179
        Loews Hotel Vogue

        Loews Hotel Vogue

        1425 de La Montagne, Montreal, QC
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Montreal hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 5-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street and The Underground City. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Eaton Centre are also within 10 minutes. Peel Station is only a 5-minute walk and Lucien L'Allier Station is 7 minutes.

          Hotel Birks Montreal CA $326
          Hotel Birks Montreal

          Hotel Birks Montreal

          1240 rue du Square Phillips, Montreal, QC
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Ville-Marie, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eaton Centre, Bell Centre and Notre Dame Basilica. University of Montreal and Saint Joseph's Oratory are also within 6 mi (10 km). McGill Station is only a 4-minute walk and Square Victoria Station is 6 minutes.

            Le Square Phillips Hotel And Suites CA $212
            Le Square Phillips Hotel And Suites

            Le Square Phillips Hotel And Suites

            1193, Place Phillips, Montreal, QC
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Montreal hotel is located in the business district, steps away from St. Patrick's Basilica, Sainte-Catherine Street and The Underground City. McGill University and Palais des congres de Montreal are also within 10 minutes. McGill Station is 5 minutes by foot and Square Victoria Station is 5 minutes.

              Le Saint Sulpice CA $300
              Le Saint Sulpice

              Le Saint Sulpice

              414 Saint-Sulpice, Montreal, QC
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Old Montreal, this spa hotel is steps away from Place d'Armes, Notre Dame Basilica and Old Port. The Underground City and Montreal Science Centre are also within 5 minutes. Place d'Armes Station is 5 minutes by foot and Champ-de-Mars Station is 11 minutes.

                Best Western Plus Hotel Montreal CA $114
                Best Western Plus Hotel Montreal

                Best Western Plus Hotel Montreal

                161 Rue Sainte Catherine E, Montreal, QC
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is steps away from Metropolis and Sainte-Catherine Street. The Underground City and St. Denis Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Saint Laurent Station is only a 3-minute walk and Berri-UQAM Station is 6 minutes.