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The Old Port of Montreal is offering a huge amount of FREE activities this month

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Tyler Jadah Aug 01, 2018 9:23 am 1,150

Montreal’s Old Port already features Canada’s biggest observation wheel, ziplining, giant pirate ships, a farmers’ market, a beach and Beaver Tails. Plus, today the Grand Quay’s free August activities schedule was released.

No wonder it’s so popular.

July was too much. The weather was dangerous, uncomfortable and muggy. As the calendar flips to August, the Old Port just might be the place to be to cap off the summer in style.

Here’s what’s happening at the trendy water-side spot this month, for free.

Outdoor Movie Nights

FREE August activities schedule

Outdoor Movies

Every Thursday at dusk, the Grand Quay will host outdoor movies. All films are shown in French with English subtitles. Popcorn, drinks and candy will be sold on site and audiences are welcome to bring their own chairs, pillows and blankets.

In case of rain, the screening will move to the Pavilion, at the river-side of the green roof.

August 2: Miss Peregrine et les enfants particuliers (2016)
August 9: 
La Bolduc (2018)
August 16: 
Les Trolls (2016)
August 23: 
Bon cop, bad cop 2 (2017)
August 30: 
Chiens sous enquête (2018)

Time: 9 pm

Tales and Legends of Seafarers

pirate ship

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Local sailors Éric Michaud, Francis Désilets and Yoda Lefebvre tell tales of the watery depths and hidden legends of the sea. Stevedores and captains recount tales of courage, betrayal and lost love during memorable storms and encounters with terrible monsters and mythical sea creatures.

Each performance lasts 30 minutes in French only. The activity takes place inside at the Port Centre in case of rain (not that the sailors mind).

When: Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday in August
Time: 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm
Where: In front of the Grand Quay

Swing Dancing Lessons

FREE August activities schedule

The Port of Montreal’s grand Quay

Studio 88 Swing is offering four 20-minute sessions to get young and old people swing dancing. Two costumed teachers perform acrobatic swing demonstrations followed by introduction classes.

In case of rain, the event will be cancelled. People sing in the rain, not swing.

When: Every Saturday in August
Time: 7 pm – 9 pm
Where: Promenade d’Iberville

Yoga Classes

FREE August activities schedule

The Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay

Yoga teacher, Érika Gauvin, welcomes yogis to a calm and welcoming setting right on the Grand Quay Pier. She fosters discovery of the human body’s subtleties and its awakening to breathing and movement, as a way to develop freedom of mind and body. Her background in contemporary dance and yoga encourages her to explore the balance between sthira (effort/strength) and sukha (grace/gentleness).

Participants are asked to bring their own yoga mat. The event goes on rain or shine.

When: August 4, 11, 18 and 25
Time: 9 am – 1o am
Where: Promenade d’Iberville

Vélopousse Pedicab

The Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay

Since horse-drawn carriages are on their way out, why not explore the Old Port via pedicab?

Two cycling tour guides continuously bring visitors by pedicab to the site of the Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay along a route that showcases all of the port’s facilities and landmarks.

The service is provided regardless of the weather conditions.

When: August 2, 9, 16 and 23
Time: 2 pm – 10 pm
Where: Grand Quay’s central alley

Waterside Piano

The Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay

Add some ambient music to the Old Port’s soundtrack as people are given free rein to demonstrate your creativity and talents as a pianist. The colourful public piano in the Grand Quay is open to everyone.

When: Every day in August
Time: 7 am – 11 pm
Where: Promenade d’Iberville

The Port Centre

The Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay

Sail back in time to relive milestones in the Old Port’s rich history. The ships and boat exhibitions gives people the opportunity to explore and understand the maritime world.

When: Every day in August
Time: 11 am – 6 pm
Where: The Port Centre

Cruise Ships

The best place in town to see these giants of the sea when they visit Montreal. Ships sail in from Europe and the Americas. Check out the website for arrivals and departures of cruise ship vessels.

When: Varying dates
Time: Varying times
Where: The Old Port Pier

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