Lose Yourself In The Old Port During Your Stay In Montreal!
If you’re visiting and hanging around in Montreal, you’ll be sure to want to check out The Old Port – a vast landscape on the island that bestrides both the old and new. It is endless in what there is to do and see, and so we’ve decided to distill the very best for you in this post.
FUN THINGS TO DO
The Old Port has been developed as a cultural and leisure attraction for the past 25 years. There are about 7 million visitors to the Old Port every year, making it Quebec’s most popular recreational and tourist site. It is also the second most visited leisure site in Canada.
Lots of people come for the festivals, special events, and outdoor shows, as well as for outdoor dining and bars. As well as the special events, there are plenty of permanent attractions and things to do. Some people like simply to walk around and enjoy the waterfront and the views, sunbathe on Clock Tower urban beach, or go skating in winter.
Voiles en Voiles (Sailing Sails) is a family theme park and playground inspired by royal sailing ships, pirates, and adventure on the high seas. There are climbing courses, climbing walls, inflatable games, water games, and a merry-go-round. The courses are graded by difficulty. Some are for smaller children and beginners. There are also challenging courses for teenagers and adults after a real adrenaline rush.
If you want a sailing experience without climbing the rigging or getting wet, there are remote controlled sailing ships. A concept unique to Quebec, you can “sail” these cute mini sailboats or motorboats from the shore. The controllers are easy to use so everyone can have a go.
The Big Wheel is a ferris wheel that offers stunning views of the city. At 60 metres high, it is the largest big wheel in Canada. Open all year round, the enclosed gondolas have air conditioning for summer and heating for winter, so you can enjoy the fabulous views in comfort. There are a range of packages so you can make several trips – great if you want to see both the daytime and very different night-time panoramas.
For views at higher speeds, the Zipline is a Tyrolean-style zipline, that zooms you across the Old Port. There are two lines open at the weekends, so you can enjoy the experience with a companion. It is best to wear closed shoes, and you can’t wear a skirt or a dress on the ride, so be sure to bring shorts or trousers. If it’s raining, you can ride the line in bathing suit, and get a discount on the ticket price! The harnesses are safe and secure, so you don’t have to hold on the whole time. There’s no need to book in advance, but there may be a short wait at busy times.
SOS Labyrinthe is a family-friendly adventure game. Find the treasures of the longshoremen in a 2-km maze full of obstacles and traps. The treasures are linked to the history of Montreal, so it is a fun way to find out more about the city and the port.
The Science Centre and the IMAX movie theatre are extremely popular with families. The Science Centre has lots of exciting and interactive exhibits, games, and experiments to inspire kids with the wonders of science. The IMAX theatre offers amazing 3D films and movies, many immersing you in the wonders of the natural world.
After all the action, you might enjoy chilling out and enjoying some pampering at Bota Bota. This unique “spa on the water” offers lovely views of the Old Port, as well as a range of treats and treatments.
The Old Port urban park is spread out over about 2 km, but there are lots of ways getting around apart from walking. Why not have a go on a Segway? You can take a tour on these futuristic one-person electric scooters and zoom about while standing up but not needing to take a step. Or how about a Hoverboard? These self-balancing electric skateboards give you the sensation of surfing on land. For a group experience, there are quadricycles, for up to four people at once. If you want to get out on the water, you can rent a pedalo.
The Old Port is still a functioning port and the gateway to the St Lawrence river. It is the departure point for all sorts of different trips, from wet and wild jet boats, to dinner cruises and day trips, to international cruise liners.
We hope you enjoy your waltz down the cobblestone of ye olde during your extended stays in Montreal. Ironically, no matter how many times you go, it never gets old.