- Old Port Montreal
- ''Old Port Montreal - What to do in Montreal (1 day)''
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- Old Port Montreal
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- What activities to do in Old Port Montreal?
- Montreal tourist attractions
- 1. Montreal Tyrolienne / Zipline
- Montreal Tourist
- 2. Voile en Voile
- 3. Jet Boating / Saute Mouton
- Where to visit in Old Port Montreal ?
- 1. The Bonsecours Market
- Montreal attractions
- Book your Hotel in the heart of Montreal
- 2. Notre-Dame de Bonsecours
- Montreal tourism
- 3. La Grande Roue de Montreal
- Montreal to do
- 4. Clock Tower
- Things to do in Montreal this weekend
- 5. Chateau Ramezay
- Where to eat in Old Port Montreal
- 1. Cafe de Mercanti
- 2. Le Petit Dep
- 3. Pub Brewsky
- 4. Jardin Nelson
- 5. Modavie
- Where are the cool spots in Old Port Montreal ?
- Cool Spot #1
- Book your Hotel in the heart of Montreal
- Cool Spot #2
- Cool Spot #3
- Cool Spot #4
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Old Port Montreal
''Old Port Montreal - What to do in Montreal (1 day)''
Montreal's Big Wheel, Zipline, Cool spots, where to eat & more
Recommended stay in Montreal
This Blog is divided into 4 main sections, we'll make recommendations within these section.
We've also made a Google My Maps which is Free to download.
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Eli and I are not Montreal natives, despite living here over the last decade it is our passion to discover new destinations. We believe in the saying 'being a tourist in your own city'.
This said, our blog is targeted for Montrealers and tourists alike.
Places to visit in montreal
Old Port Montreal
Old Port is a must see when visiting Montreal. Sadly it's often overlooked by many tourists roaming up and down Ste-Catherine's street and the downtown core.
There is as much life in Old Port Montreal during the day as there is at night. It's possible to spend the entire day or split your time by selecting a few items from our list. Without further adieu, here is our list.
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What activities to do in Old Port Montreal?
If you're looking for fun and adventure in Montreal and would like to combine this in Old Port Montreal, we've got you covered!
We've made a Google My Maps list of places to visit and it's free to download. Simply fill out your name and email in the form up above and you'll be on your way !
Montreal tourist attractions
1. Montreal Tyrolienne / Zipline
Want to combine the great view of Old Port Montreal with an exciting activity ? Check out the Old Port Montreal Zipline. Standing at 1200 feet above the ground, you'll zip above the Bonsecours basin with views of the Biosphere as well as the main Old Port Montreal hub.
More on the Old Port Montreal Zipline here.
2. Voile en Voile
Highly rated on Tripadvisor and Google Maps is Old Port Montreal's Voile en Voile. Perfect for the kids and the entire family, you'll embark on a journey to discover ships. What's great is that everyone chooses their activity based on the level of difficulty. To name a few, there's an escape mission, aerial courses, wall climbing. Check out more of the missions and obstacle courses over here.
3. Jet Boating / Saute Mouton
Enjoy various boating trips at Old Port Montreal's Jet boating. Highly rated on Google Maps and Traveller's choice 2020, whether you are looking to get a little splashed or entirely soaked - they've got you covered!
More on Old Port Montreal's Jet boating here.
Where to visit in Old Port Montreal ?
Here we'll list a bunch of places to visit. We named it as such because it's possible to partake or simply go along for the view.
1. The Bonsecours Market
It was once a dwelling for commandants under the French regime, this site also played host to the Théâtre Royal and it has also seen a transformation into a public market. Feel free to read more on the Bonsecours Market here.
The Bonsecours Market now plays host to a series of events and exhibitions. Its modern layout boasts many high-end boutiques with various souvenirs and collector's items.
Also located in the Bonsecours Market is our well liked Brew Pub named Brewsky Pub. You'll find this particular location in our where to eat section as well as in our Google My Maps.
2. Notre-Dame de Bonsecours
As you get to know us, you'll determine that we're not the avid Museum goers. We can be swayed to visit one if it's a must-see, a historical site or if the museum offers a stunning view for example.
After almost a decade of living in Montreal, we've finally added the Notre-Dame de Bonsecours or Marguerite Bourgeoys historical site.
We fell in love with the view and think these images will do the convincing. Feel free to read more about the church or the museum here.
3. La Grande Roue de Montreal
It felt so cliché when we heard that Montreal was going to build a Big Wheel. Many questions were asked, will it be solely a summer activity, will they take it down once winter strikes, etc.
Despite all the questions, it seems to work. The ferris wheel is one of the most popular rides in amusement parks, because a) you get to relax, b) anyone can ride it and c) it offers fantastic views. So in a sense, it's like you can get an amusement park experience while visiting Old Port Montreal !
More on Montreal's 'Grande Roue' over here.
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4. Clock Tower
Similar to the Bonsecours Market, the Clock Tower has served many roles over the years. Now in this tourism era, you'll enjoy a beautiful view of the St-Lawrence River, the Jacques-Cartier bridge, the Sainte-Hélène island and much more.
The extremely precise clock was made in England and it's supposed to be a replica of the Big Ben. It served as a watch for the sailors as they flowed along the St-Lawrence.
More than a Clock Tower, this is also home to a mini-beach. We couldn't believe our eyes when we discovered it. You'll find blue parasols, soft sand and the water view in front of you.
You can read more about the Tower Clock here.
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5. Chateau Ramezay
Whether you visit for the whimsical gardens, for a small history lesson or simply to live the reenactment - everyone seems to find their own reasons to love this place.
This castle is located on Notre-Dame street, at the top of Place Jacques Cartier. If you plan a visit, we recommend that you start your day here and later make your way down to the other attractions.
In their permanent exhibition you'll find more than 500 years of history of Montreal. More on the Chateau Ramezay here.
Where to eat in Old Port Montreal
We've learned that it's risky business to blog about restaurants. This is because each year, countless restaurants open their doors and countless more close them. For this reason, we don't like to promote places to eat. This said, we've carefully selected a few restaurants in the Old Port vicinity. Rest assured, we felt ask though these are NOT tourist traps.
1. Cafe de Mercanti
Located a little outside the Old Port Montreal hub, Cafe de Mercanti sits on Notre-Dame street. In our opinion, this would be a great place to start your journey because you'll be able to fill your belly before the long day ahead. You could just as well visit at the middle or end of your day for a 'pause cafe', French for little break.
We've visited before and felt we were well received by a friendly and social staff.
This coffee shop is located minutes away from the Bonsecours Market and the Notre-Dame de Bonsecours.
2. Le Petit Dep
Another French lesson, Dep is short for Depanneur which means corner store in English. However this is no ordinary 'corner store'. For starters Deps in Montreal (and Quebec) can sell wine and beer and this one is no exception to that rule.
It's more than a regular dep because it makes us adults feel like a kid again. There are countless types of candies, souvenirs, snacks, coffee, the list goes on and on.
Do yourself a favour and visit this unique place !
3. Pub Brewsky
We mentioned this pub during our Bonsecours Market section. Imagine a typical pub, jazz it up, turn it into a brewery and then jazz it up some more. Well, not sure if you're getting the visual, however this place is sure to impress.
We originally felt that it was a tourist trap, however that was before we even set foot there. Once we gave it a proper chance, we were impressed with the decor, the knowledgeable staff and the quality of the ingredients. Moreover, Brewsky doesn't stop at the drink menu because we've discovered some great food items here also.
4. Jardin Nelson
The Jardin Nelson gives off a very fancy and expensive display. Rest assured their prices are quite reasonable and food tasty.
You may find yourself on the patio along Place Jacques Cartier, entertained by street performers or passersby. Alternatively, you might find yourself inside their majestic courtyard! We recall our visit and the beautifully layered tables, vines, skylight and live Jazz music.
More on the Jardin Nelson here.
A very chic restaurant with delicious food and live music. The price point reflects this, however it's time to celebrate the fact that you are in Montreal, so why not do it here!
Alternatively if you want to get a taste for this place, we recommend that you get a post discovery day alcoholic beverage. Check out their 5-7 Happy Hour with discounted drinks between 5 and 7pm.
More on Modavie here.
Where are the cool spots in Old Port Montreal ?
Whether you're travelling on a budget or simply looking to put your wallet to rest for a little, we've got some cool spots that will freeze your spending.
Cool Spot #1
Our first identified 'Cool spot' is at the fork of Place D'Youville and De la Commune street. Although we're not entirely certain, we fell as though beyond this point to the west is no longer considered Old Port Montreal.
We've identified this spot for a few reasons, 1) we feel it's very picturesque, 2) there's a beautiful view of the Notre-Dame Basilica towers, 3) it's refreshing since fewer tourists are here. So whether you're looking to take a break or catch a scenic view, this is a great go-to!
Cool Spot #2
This spot is located on what's called St-Amable street. It's a small, decorative pedestrian road with a surprise at the halfway mark. We recommend that you enter a place called 'La Cour' and head to their inner courtyard. This oasis will make you wonder whether you're still in Montreal or perhaps have been transported to another time and place.
Cool Spot #3
The third spot we've identified will really resonate with you movie buffs. It's located on St-Paul street, to the east of Old Port Montreal. The trick is to walk down St Paul street, to the approximate location we've identified in our Google My Maps and have a look at the Marché Bonsecours.
We knew the movie 'The Score' with Robert DeNiro was filmed in Montreal, however it was tricky to find the exact spot. If you recall from the movie, it's where Robert's character's Jazz club is located!
Cool Spot #4
Our next 'Cool spot' is located on Rue le Royer West. This street links up with St-Laurent and Saint-Sulpice. You can plan a perfect Segway from St-Paul street OR access this spot after visiting Le Petit Dep.
Here you will enjoy a little quiet since few make it all the way here. In addition to the quiet, you'll enjoy impressive architecture with the collection of 19th century buildings that surround and frame a beautifully landscaped courtyard.
THANK YOU for going over our Old Port Montreal blog, we hope it inspired you to discover 'The City of Festivals' !
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