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General presentation

This interactive exhibition invites visitors on a physical and digital adventure to discover the shipping cycle of goods from their point of departure to their final destination. Your mission is to import or export a cargo shipment within a time limit. All aboard! Get set to: plan your trip; sail at sea and on the St. Lawrence; load and unload your cargo; move it inland from the hub of the intermodal chain; respect the environment … and much more!

The goal of the exhibition is to discover port activity through eight entertaining and informative stations. This is accomplished by getting the goods to their destination as quickly as possible and meeting the challenges that arise along the way.


Opening hours

Low season (September 3 to June 21): Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
High season (June 22 to September 2): everyday from noon to 5 p.m.

Holiday season (December 23 to January 7) and school break (March 4 to 8): every day from noon to 5 pm.
Closed on December 25 and January 1. 

Overview of the exhibition

Station 1 — Mission

The first station invites visitors to choose a mission: organize the import or export of goods and bring them to their destination by choosing one of three main types of goods, namely containers, dry bulk or liquid bulk.

Station 2 — Logistics

What activities happen daily at the Port? Here we discover how diversified the fleet is that calls at the Port and how the Port of Montreal compares to other ports in the world. Visitors are invited to plan their trip and see the results of the simulation on a big screen.

Station 3 — Navigation

Sailing on the St. Lawrence is a unique and difficult experience. Got to get around the obstacles by experimenting with the navigation simulator!

Station 4 — Stevedoring

With the advances in technology, the stevedores’ work has considerably changed. They now use a range of equipment to transship goods, which can be discovered through a game that calls on visitors’ dexterity.

Station 5 — Port facilities

The Port of Montreal’s expansion is fascinating! Thanks to an augmented reality map of the Port, the full extent of this expansion can be seen in the development of Port infrastructure.

Station 6 — Environment

What actions are taken by the Port of Montreal team to preserve the environment? By crossing an “environmental container” visitors will be able to discover how ships power up electrically dockside and the measures taken to prevent spills.

Station 7 — Land transport

Freight transport at the Port is also done by truck and train. Thorough coordination of all these means of transport is not so easy, but it is necessary to efficiently route the cargo.

Station 8 — Goods

The journey is over when the goods are delivered. This is the opportunity to discover the importance of shipping and port activity in daily life!

The course of the journey is marked out with video clips showcasing key trades in port and marine activities.

The Port of Montreal over time

A complementary historical exhibition is also on display at the Grand Quay, on the ground floor in the corridor of Terminal 1, where visitors can discover the Port of Montreal’s rich history, which is interconnected with the city’s history. The exhibition comprises:

  • Scale models of ships representing the types of vessels calling into the Port over time and up to the present day, plus a model of the iconic Titanic
  • A large mural illustrating the history of freight transport under various themes
  • A large mural on passenger transport


Are you a teacher?

Download the Port Centre Teaching Guide intended for elementary school students in the 2nd and 3rd cycles. The Guide provides an overview of the exhibition’s themes and areas to help you fully plan the visit to the exhibition, along with a targeted learning Activity Book.