Thursday, December 17, 2015

Old Port (Vieux-Port) of Montreal

Perhaps the most popular and most loved area of Montreal is the Old Port (Vieux Port).

A part of the Montreal skyline from the Bassin Bonsecours in the Old Port.

It is a very relaxing place to walk around. There is a lot to see and do here as well. When I was here last September and October, I saw people picnicking on the grassy fields of the park, sitting on the benches and watching the boats go by and strolling along the promenade that is lined with outdoor boutiques. The food trucks were also a a great addition to the sights that attracts a lot of people. And oh, I even saw a spa on a boat!

Furthermore, there is an artificial beach (Plage de l'Horloge) in the Quai de l'Horloge. We saw a zipline, a pedal boat rental and a pirate ship on the Bassin Bonsecours area. In the middle of the harbour on Quai King Edward, we saw a Science Center which holds science-related events and exhibitions. In the centre you can also find restaurants, bistro cafes, an IMAX theatre and a gift shop. More activities during the warmer months include an amphi bus and boat tours, a guided fishing tour, quadricycle and segway rentals, a summer train and remote-controlled sailboats.

Now that it is winter you can find a big skating rink here. So as you can see, it does not matter which season you come here, you will surely be entertained with activities.

The Old Port of Montreal is indeed one of my favourite places in the city. I really enjoyed my time here.

The Old Port of Montreal is just across Old Montreal.

One can easily park here at the Old Port. Quai de l'Horloge, Quai Alexandra and Quai King Edward offers parking spaces for a flat fee of $20 per day.

The Marche Bonsecours building with the cupola.

I wanted to eat at this restaurant on the water, the Terraces Bonsecours but it was closed for renovation.

This mannequin looked very real.

The old port area is divided into several quays.

One of the yacht harbours. The main one is located in Quai de l'Horloge.

The Pirate Ship, a great activity for kids.

This is the spa on a boat called BOTA Spa Sur L'eau. Open all year long.

Habitat 67 (residential blocks of apartments) is one of the really cool design and architecture sights to see in Montreal.

From the Old Port you can appreciate the unique architecture of Habitat 67.

The little park in the old port.

Travel Period: September-October 2015
Destination: Montreal (Quebec), Canada

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