What if you could fuse spectacular views of Montreal, a wide range of summertime activities, fireworks, and be located on the St. Lawrence River — for free?
Enter: The Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay.
After making a splash with the opening of its new facilities in 2018, the Grand Quay has launched its summer season entertainment program for this summer.
- Hampstead will host 8 FREE outdoor concerts this summer
- A brand new country music festival is coming to Montreal in August 2020
- President Barack Obama to speak at the Bell Centre on November 14
- Starting June 14 you can search for a giant at this magical Mont-Tremblant event
Ideally located on the St. Lawrence River, the Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay, operated by the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) is the second largest port in Canada and is a diversified shipment centre that handles all types of goods.
Speaking of all types of goods, here is the port’s summertime activity program, which is open every day from 7 am to 11 pm.
Nautical Family Picnics
New to this year’s program, Nautical Family Picnics will be offered on two Sundays (July 14 and August 25) as the Grand Quay hosts two days of marine-themed activities at the Commencement Square (the end of the wharf) from 10 am to 4 pm.
In the Alexandra Basin, the Voile Québec sailing team will offer introductory sailing workshops for both adults and children.
The basin will feature six Outsider sailboats and small dinghies to introduce sailing hopefuls to the sport.
Fun family activities
Family fun activities include balloon sculpting, marine-themed kid’s makeup, and inflatable fun houses.
Tricks of the trade
Port of Montreal mariners, Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps, and members of the 188 Trafalgar will be on site to teach guests tricks from the world of navigation: knotting workshops, marine life lingo, and parts of ships.
Yo ho ho young and old
Families are invited to experience a fun, playful, and zany pirating adventure as guests can “be a pirate for a day.”
Tales, legends and songs of seafarers
Seafarers will gather on the edge of the port to tell tales of pirates, sea monsters, sunken islands, and hidden treasures. The watery depths are full of thousands of fascinating stories and you can tune in to all of them, as told from the pros.
Commencement Square and its slightly sloping lawn at the end of the quay are arguably the best spot to enjoy Loto-Québec’s fireworks festival, the International des Feux.
The festival’s official music is played on speakers throughout the grounds and more Adirondack chairs and picnic tables have been added for the summer.
On Promenade d’Iberville (the green roof), the piano is available to everyone. It’s an opportunity to give free rein to your creativity and provide some ambient sound to the port.
A permanent exhibition of the history of ships has been set up to give guests an insight into Montreal’s rich port history through model ships and a large multi-media mural.
The Port centre is open from 11 am to 6 pm from Wednesday to Sunday
Visit the cruise vessels schedule and marvel at the best spot in the city to welcome in a variety of ships and cruises from all over the world.
When: Every day
Time: 7 am – 11 pm
Where: 200 de la Commune Street West