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Old Port of Montreal invites attraction development in popular family area

The four-season site offers all demographic markets every kind of leisure and excitement

Old Port Montreal

In partnership with CBRE Ltd., The Old Port of Montreal (OPMC), a major tourism site in Canada, is arranging negotiated invitations to bid to refurbish or completely redevelop its Hangar 16 site. 

Located on Clock Tower Pier, Hangar 16 is a 42,000-square-foot waterfront parcel with a distinctly industrial character and infinite refurbishing or redevelopment potential. The OPMC seeks to redevelop this parcel to capture new audiences and further drive this highly animated all-season recreation area that welcomes over 6 million visitors a year.

A getaway destination on a 40-hectare riverfront site

“No need to go far to get away,” says the Old Port’s 2022 summer program, reminding visitors that the 40-hectare area is the site of innumerable activities keeping people entertained day after day, week after week, season after season!

There’s something for everyone. Thrills for kids, teens, young adults, and the young at heart. Wonder for budding young geniuses and anyone with a curious mind. Unforgettable R&R opportunities for those looking to kick back with a special someone, the extended family, or with the gang.

Visitors can spend an afternoon, an evening, a week, or their entire vacation here and never do the same thing twice, not to mention the shops and restaurants.

Wow and wonder

Located right on-site, the Montreal Science Centre (MSC) recently earned itself a Guinness World Record title for the world’s largest slime-making lesson to mark the arrival of The Science of Guinness World Records exhibition. Nearly all event tickets sold in less than three days.

Slime at Montreal Science Centre

All around the world, all sorts of new and amazing things are being achieved, and the Old Port is part of it. The second-largest centre of its kind in Canada, the MSC attracts curious minds of all ages with outstanding and innovative exhibitions. Its IMAX theatre is also a big draw.

Thrills and spills

Thrill seekers have lots to choose from too. A pirate ship adventure park is a family favourite as is the zipline and 80-foot tower letting visitors experience a fabulous freefall. Meanwhile, a jet ski outfit lets visitors roam the river and a jet boating one takes visitors out on the Lachine Rapids from spring to fall. There are also rodeo-style speedboating rides giving everyone amazing stories to tell.

High ropes Old Port Montreal

Fantastic food and sweet treats

Excitement stirs the appetite, and the Old Port is filled with great places to fuel up. It’s Montreal’s food truck capital with famous local restaurants serving up treats like famous Montreal smoked meat sandwiches while concessions serve ice cream, smoothies, lemonade, and world-famous gourmet cookies.

There’s also the farmers’ market, the café and bistro at the foot of the observation wheel, the beachside bistro, the open-air cantina and more.

Friends drinking at Old Port Montreal


Some leisure lovers enjoy the electricity-powered Petit Navire (French for little ship) to tour the Old Port and the historic Lachine Canal and discover local marine life and fascinating heritage landmarks, including the century-old Clock Tower. Others board the Bateau-Mouche, a unique ship with panoramic windows, to enjoy the day, the sunset, or the evening sky with a gourmet meal. Large groups book private luxury cruises aboard the Absolü 80 yacht that features a ballroom, DJ, and bar and catering service. 

Family bike tour Old Port Montreal

On shore, groups set off on multi-seater bikes that the little ones love, in order to visit the site. Kids also love the “little train” rides while pedal boat rides offer moms and dads a leisurely escape from the everyday. There are also guided Segway tours that teens and young adults enjoy a lot, and strolling around is a fan favourite too!   

Spa Old Port of Montreal

There’s also the Montreal Observation Wheel with panoramic views from 80 feet up and cabins kept cool in the summer and warm in the winter. And Bota Bota spa is the ultimate escape; an anchored tugboat converted into a spa offering luxurious pampering of all kinds, exactly what some visitors look for during their vacation (and locals like for a weekday getaway).

Then there’s Clock Tower Beach with soft silky sand, parasols, chairs, a boardwalk, and misting stations. It is located at the end of the quay shared with Hangar 16, the 42,000-square-foot waterfront parcel brimming with character and infinite refurbishing or redevelopment potential for which the Old Port is now seeking proposals. 

The OPMC is excited about exploring proposals that promise to bring even more family-oriented and world-class visitor experiences to this highly prized and popular recreational site. To learn more, contact Rebecca Godfrey, CMC, MBA, Senior Director, CBRE Limited Tourism & Leisure Group (Valuation & Advisory Services) at

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Charlotte Coates is blooloop's editor. She is from Brighton, UK and previously worked as a librarian. She has a strong interest in arts, culture and information and graduated from the University of Sussex with a degree in English Literature. Charlotte can usually be found either with her head in a book or planning her next travel adventure.

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