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Old Port of Montréal

Historic architecture, modern attractions and an exciting calendar of festivals make it impossible to get bored at this lively and scenic riverfront space.

The Old Port of Montréal is an excellent place to start your journey around the city’s historic area. Locals and tourists alike flock to the port in their millions every year, drawn by its mix of fascinating history and contemporary culture.

Look for signs of the port’s impressive age. It dates back to the 17th century and many beautiful historic buildings are still dotted around the area. It is due to the port’s prominent role in facilitating trade, initially largely in fur, that Montréal grew into the thriving city it is today.

The Montréal Clock Tower is one of the most conspicuous older buildings along the riverfront. The construction of the bright white tower finished in 1922. Use its unmistakable form to orient yourself as you explore the port. Climb its 192 steps to be rewarded with glorious views of the city. Afterward, relax with a cold drink on the little urban beach just in front of the tower.

Another sight you can’t miss is the Montréal Science Centre. Stroll past it after night falls to admire the pretty reflections its bright lights cast on the water. Come during the day to discover the wide range of interactive exhibits that make this museum such a hit with all ages.

Make the most out of the ever-changing menu of outdoor activities offered in and around the port. In the warmer months, soar above the city on a zip line or take to the water in a pedal boat, a speedboat or a yacht. Or ensure you take home a great catch by heading out on a guided fishing tour.

Visit the Natrel ice rink at the right time of year and you’ll find yourself in a winter wonderland. When the conditions are right, the artificial ice rink here is supplemented by a natural one. Skate this wide-open space against the gorgeous backdrop of the Montréal skyline.

Get the subway to Champ-de-Mars, Place d'Armes or Square-Victoria and you can be at the Old Port of Montréal in just minutes. Exploring this picturesque area is a highlight of any trip to Montréal.

It's worth giving yourself lots of time at Old Port of Montreal. Below are some of the best things to do:

Why not think about purchasing an Ultimate Montreal Morning Tour or an Ultimate Montreal Afternoon Tour?

Check out our Old Montreal things to do page to learn about even more activities while you're in the area.


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Hotel Bonaventure Montreal CA $139
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.

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    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.

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      Hotel Place Dupuis Montreal Downtown Ascend Hotel Collection

      Hotel Place Dupuis Montreal Downtown Ascend Hotel Collection

      1415 St Hubert St, Montreal, QC
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street and St. Denis Theatre. The Underground City and Complexe Desjardins are also within 15 minutes. Berri-UQAM Station is only a 3-minute walk and Beaudry Station is 6 minutes.

        Best Western Plus Hotel Montreal CA $88
        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.

          Hotel Monville CA $161
          Hotel Monville

          Hotel Monville

          1041, rue de Bleury, Montreal, QC
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Underground City, Notre Dame Basilica and Place des Arts. Christ Church Cathedral and Bell Centre are also within 15 minutes. Place d'Armes Station and Square Victoria Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            Hotel Chrome Montréal Centre-ville CA $63
            Hotel Chrome Montréal Centre-ville

            Hotel Chrome Montréal Centre-ville

            215 Boulevard René-Lévesque Est, 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. Old Port of Montreal and Notre Dame Basilica are also within 15 minutes. Champ-de-Mars Station is only a 4-minute walk and Saint Laurent Station is 6 minutes.

              Le Square Phillips Hotel And Suites CA $149
              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.

                Hotel Birks Montreal CA $221
                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.