PRESS RELEASE

Big family party on June 3 at the Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay,
a unique new site for cruise passengers, tourists and all residents of Greater Montreal

 

Montreal, May 5, 2018. The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) is making the most of the start of cruise season to invite the public to a big family party at its new cruise terminal, which has been renamed the Grand Quai du Port de Montréal.

“We want to share the totally revitalized site with the people of Greater Montreal so everybody can discover these amazing new spaces on a site steeped in history that has been completely redesigned,” said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the MPA.

 “We can’t wait to welcome the public to a big family party at the Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay. This event will be a chance to bring together young and old alike to discover the new port facilities for cruise passengers and all the new green spaces with unique new views of the St. Lawrence River and the City. The party will also be an opportunity have fun through various activities and to learn more about the marine industry, in particular our History of Ships exhibition,” added Ms. Vachon.

On June 3, starting at 10:00 a.m., the public will be able to discover the Grand Quai du Port de Montréal. Activities, games and relaxation areas will be available. Among the activities, participants will be able to:

  • Visit the History of Ships exhibition in the Port Centre;
  • Visit the new cruise terminal, which is usually reserved for cruise passengers;
  • Play giant games;
  • Take part in a nautical knots workshop;
  • Visit an exhibition of maritime photos;
  • Attend and participate in improv games;
  • Relax on a green rooftop and a lawn area on the river;
  • Take part in drawing and make-up workshops.

A new image for a major site: the Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay

Formerly Alexandra Pier, the Grand Quai du Port de Montréal and its new image are largely inspired by the marine industry and exemplified by the site’s complete revitalization.

This new name reflects the role and importance of this prestigious site, the gateway for ship and cruise passengers to Montreal since the early 20th century. It evokes the massive infrastructure developed to accommodate cruise ships, those seagoing giants, and also reflects the size and importance of the new public spaces that will be open to the public as of June 3: Promenade d’Iberville, a large green rooftop, and Commencement Square, a vast lawn area along the river, with a lowered wharf that offers exceptional access to the river.   

The project works to revitalize the Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay will be largely completed when the site opens to the general public on June 3. The parking area remains to be completed in 2018, and an observation tower will be erected close to the river, that will open its doors in 2021.

The innovative concept developed by the architectural firm Provencher Roy makes it possible for the Port of Montreal to provide top quality reception facilities to cruise passengers and to offer the people of Greater Montreal, visitors and tourists a very special public place.

 

Goll the Port of Montreal on Facebook to learn more about the public party on the 3rd of June.  

 


About the Port of Montreal

Operated by the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), the Port of Montreal is the second largest port in Canada and a diversified transshipment centre that handles all types of goods: containerized and non-containerized cargo, liquid bulk and dry bulk. It is a leading container port served by the largest shipping lines in the world. The Port of Montreal has its own rail network directly dockside and is connected to the two national rail networks. The MPA also operates a Cruise Terminal and a Port Centre.

The MPA factors economic, social and environmental components into its corporate initiatives. This commitment is governed by a sustainable development policy whose guiding principles focus on involvement, cooperation and accountability. Port activity supports 16,000 jobs and generates $2.1 billion in economic benefits annually.

 

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SOURCE : Port of Montreal
Information:

Mélanie Nadeau, Director of Communications
Montreal Port Authority
514 283-1385
nadeaum@port-montreal.com