The Old Port – The place to be for the entire family this summer
With temperatures rising, the Old Port of Montreal is gearing up for summer with more than a hundred activities for the whole family. Whether on the water, on the beach, in the shade of a tent, in a container, or in front of a seven-storey screen, there is something for each of the thousands of visitors who have made the Old Port of Montréal Quebec’s number one tourist destination.
Wiggle your feet in the sand on May 31
This is year three for the Clock Tower Beach with its blue umbrellas and fine white sand. Free during the day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the beach will be open on weekends starting May 31 and 7 days a week, rain or shine, from June 21 to September 1.
Chef Giovanni Apollo and his team will be back at La Buvette with a variety of refreshing, simple, tasty “beach” food by day, and special culinary evenings after 5:30 p.m.
The Clock Tower Beach, Montreal’s definitive urban beach, will appeal to the whole family with its 140 chairs for lounging, its refreshing mist and its unique views of the St.Laurence river.
From June 13 to July 27, for the 3rd consecutive year, Coppertone presents Art en sable, a sand sculpting competition, held this year on the Conveyor Quay, with a pirate ship theme. For more than a month, young and old will be able to appreciate the work of the sand artists, with new sculptures created every two weeks.
Cultural events all summer long
More than 25 events relating to arts and culture will grace the Old Port and prolong the pleasure of the fair days of summer.
Highlights include the spectacular KURIOS TM – Cabinet of Curiosities by Cirque du Soleil under the yellow and blue big top until July 13;
Festival, a popular celebration of science for curious minds of all ages, from June 13 to 15, with more than a hundred free activities; Treasures of Tutankhamun with exact replicas of artifacts from the Pharaoh’s burial chamber, June 20 to August 10; and Peur Dépôt, a new take on the haunted house, for the intrepid to explore at their own risk, from June 25 to November 2.
The Old Port will also host a number of musical events in the coming months.
The Red Bull Tour Bus will stop at the Old Port on June 14 for an electrifying electro concert; close to 100,000 visitors are expected for the big Canada Day concert; the popular Montreal International Reggae Festival will have lovers of Jamaican rhythms dancing from August 15 to 17; and the Orientalys Festival will transport the audience to the East with live music, dance and visual arts celebrating Arabic culture, from August 29 to September 1.
Other popular events on the program include Montreal’s tremendous Gay Pride celebration, Divers/Cité, from July 28 to August 3; for foodies, Montréal gourmand from August 7 to 10, and Montreal Oysterfest September 6-7; the third edition of the white yoga event, the Lole White Tour on August 9; the RV Fair from August 22 to 24; and the Montreal Military Culture Festival from September 11 to 14.
Culinary delights on the street, the terrace or the water. The Old Port offers a wide variety of food options. The food trucks are back on the Promenade including:
- Dic Ann’s and its fabulous hamburgers
- Déli du Vieux-Port with its traditional smoked meat and fish & chips
- The irresistible deserts from Félix & Norton
- Moozoo with its refreshing smoothies and frozen delights
- La crêperie du Vieux-Port,
- MuvBox Homard du Québec and Porchetta
Moored at the Jacques-Cartier Quay, Le Cavalier Maxim, Petit Navire, Croisière Absolü and the Bateau-Mouche serve lunch all week
long. They all also offer river cruises, while the Bota Bota, spa-sur-l’eau offers clients a spa experience rocked by the waves.
A cornucopia of exclusive events, discoveries and family activities, the Old Port also offers boating or fishing excursions on the river, romantic dinners or fast food at a variety of restaurants, trendy 5 à 7 happy hours, and a visit to 16 merchants in the row of summer boutiques to start off your evening.
For more information on the Old Port and its activities, visit: oldportofmontreal.com
A spectacular cave and endearing animals at the Montreal Science Centre:
The Cave of Lascaux – Prehistoric Masterpieces, in collaboration with Hydro-Québec, transports visitors back in time to the discovery of the rock paintings and engravings in the Lascaux cave, created by our Cro-Magnon ancestors. It features life-size replicas of works that have not been presented or reproduced since the closure of the original cave in 1963. You can see this
international exhibition at its only Canadian venue until September 14.
The IMAX®TELUS cinema presents two terrestrial paradises and their inhabitants in critically acclaimed films.
Galapagos 3D: Nature’s Wonderland lets you discover the remarkable Galapagos Islands, volcanic lands that are home to some of the most incredible species of the animal world, including giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas.
Madagascar 3D: Island of Lemurs introduces viewers to the delightful lemurs, mammals threatened with extinction on this large African
island. Two movies for the entire family.
For more information about the Science Center visit: montrealsciencecentre.com