Montreal Port is a busy inland port situated in one of Canada’s largest metropolitan areas; Montreal, Quebec. The port is among the world’s great inland port due to the St. Lawrence River’s width and depth. Ocean vehicles can dock in the port almost every day of the year; occasionally ice blocks the St. Lawrence River or erratic winter weather occurs.
Montreal possesses a number of tourist attractions. The city’s charm has been greatly influenced by the blending of French and English backgrounds and cultures; this creates a character all its own. Montreal cruise port has an efficient transport system to take tourists around town, but like any other metropolitan cities, expect some traffic along the way.
The beautiful city of Montreal is a great destination for shopping enthusiasts. Prices are affordable and reasonable when compared to other major cities in North America. The shops have gadgets, high end fashion and just about anything you can think of. Rue Ste-Catherine is the street for big department stores. Rue St-Viateur offers amazing shopping finds. If you’re into Gothic style and funky clothes, Avenue Mont-Royal is the place to be.
St-Laurent is the city’s foremost shopping address, where you can find almost everything to fill your shopping bags; stores are clustered which makes shopping easier. This area is also perfect for antique connoisseurs; St-Laurent, Rue Amherst and the Rue Notre-Dame also have antique dealers. Saint Denis, Bernard and Rue Sherbrooke are high end shopping districts with signature items ranging from fashion to furniture and jewelry.
Things to See
The lively city of Montreal is a melting pot of the old and the new. Worth visiting are the following historical districts.
- Old Montreal holds beautiful historical buildings from the seventeenth century. Among its famous landmarks are: the Notre Dame Basilica, Customs House at Palace-Royale, Bonsecours Market Montreal City Hall, Place d’ Youville Saint Joseph’s Oratory, Obelisk and the Layman Building. Twentieth century architecture includes The Universite de Montreal’s main building (art deco style), Place Ville Marie office tower and the 1976 Olympic Stadium.
- The Gay Village on St. Catherine Street East used to be a poor working class neighborhood; later it became occupied by gays and lesbians whose businesses are flourishing in the nearby St. Lawrence Boulevard. The village has a vibrant nightlife and delicious foods.
- Montreal China Town on La Gauchetière Street is ideal for strolling and enjoying the outdoor fair in the summer.
- Quartier International and Cite Multimedia in Ville-Marie are known for theaters, cafés, boutiques and artists.
- Pavilions of the 1967 International and Universal Exposition in Parc Jean-Drapeau have a variety of contemporary architectural designs, including the Montreal Biosphere.
- Montreal’s Underground City connects various complexes all over the city.
With these architectural wonders, the city was named a UNESCO City of Design and the home of the International Council of Graphic Design Associations.
Montreal cruise port also has a number of parks ideal for picnics, strolling, cycling or relaxation. Parc de l'Ile-de-la-Visitation is the ideal place to start a cycling tour along the river. Parc Lafontaine, on the other hand has a lake which is good for ice skating during winter and an outdoor theater which is operational during summer. Meanwhile the Square Saint-Louis is a tree lined park with a beautiful fountain; it is the home of the first water reservoir in the city.
Restaurant and Bars
Montreal cruise terminal offers a wide variety of foods to be enjoyed from high end to fast food to ethnic restaurants. The Jean-talon market offers a delicious selection of locally made cuisines, regional dishes and food products; these include maple syrup and cheese at very reasonable prices. The Rue Laurier is the city’s district for fine and high end dining.
Authentic Chinese foods like dim sum and seafood, as well as Vietnamese Pho are readily available in Chinatown. In summer, reservations are required. The Jewish influence can be tasted in Schwartz’s restaurant with its special smoked meat sandwiches. There are also vegetarian restaurant which caters to the vegans.
The City also offers good selection of wines and a selection of beers with its two world class breweries of Mc Auslan and Unibroue. There are also a number of trendy bars especially in Rue Crescent, Sherbrooke and Mc Gill and Concordia. Dance clubs can be found in St. Laurent and Crescent Streets. There are also several after hour clubs which are still open from 2 to 10AM, however they do not serve alcohol. There are also a number of gay and lesbian bars in the Gay Village.