October 14/18 (Part 3) – Montreal – the Old Port

Stretching nearly 2 kilometers along the St. Lawrence River in Old Montreal, this area was used as a trading post by French fur traders as early as 1611.

Today, it is a tourist attraction with inns, hotels, restaurants and shops, as well as the IMAX, Montreal Science Centre and the Montreal Clock Tower completed in 1922. It is a  great place to stroll, with good views of the City, river, Ile Notre Dame and Saint Helen’s Island. (Source:Wikipedia)

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Even here, street repairs are an ever present reality.

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The dome of the Bonsecour Market building is visible from most areas of the Old Port. This 2 story building, modeled after Dublin’s Customs House was completed in 1847. It was the site of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada in 1849 and housed Montreal City Hall from 1852 to 1878.

It has been the main public market in Montreal for over 100 years. (Source:Wikipedia)

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On this visit, we spotted a new attraction. The Montreal Observation Wheel (La Grand Roue) opened in June 2017. At 60 meters high, it is one of the largest observation wheels in North America and I am sure it offers great views, but at a cost of $25, we gave it a miss. Here are the photos of our visit to the area.

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Top right photo below shows remnants of the Biosphere from Expo ’67.

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Jacques Cartier Bridge and La Ronde amusement park to the East.

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Montreal Clock Tower.

Plage de l’Horloge is a man made beach at the base of the clock (horloge) tower.

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The Tour de Levis built in the 1930s

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October 10/18 (Part 3) – Quebec City, Quebec – the Old Port

Vieux Port as Quebec City’s Old Port is known was once the main center for merchants transporting supplies to the new town. It was once one of the five biggest ports in the world and today is a very popular cruise ship destination. Today, it is one of the main tourist attractions in Quebec City and offers outstanding views of the buildings, the St. Lawrence River and nearby Laurentian Mountains. (Source:Wikipedia)

There are plenty of shops to suit every budget and enough restaurants and cafes to tempt every palette. The day we visited was a bit grey and blustery, as we ventured down the wide wooden steps (we were too cheap to pay for the funicular on such a fine day).

Crowds were not large, but were steadily increasing, as there were a couple of cruise ships in port.

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Between the gusts of wind and showers, a harpist and guitar player took turns entertaining the shoppers.

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And there was a photo opportunity at every turn.

Brightly coloured historical stone buildings.

Beautiful murals.

A brightly coloured canopy of umbrellas.

Whimsical art pieces and Halloween scenes.

The whole area really brightened up an otherwise dull day.