HomeSite mapContact-us
Western end of the Old Port

Tour route Next section Previous section Back to Notre-Dame Est Boulevard Saint-Laurent Rue Notre-Dame West The Old Seminary and Notre-Dame Place d’Armes Rue Saint-Jacques Des Récollets Around Rue de l’Hôpital Rue Saint-Paul, near Place d’Youville Place d’Youville Western end of the Old Port Pointe-à-Callière and Place Royale Saint-Paul and de la Commune From Saint-Amable to Saint-Gabriel Place Jacques-Cartier Eastern end of the Old Bonsecours From Bonsecours to Berri Rue Notre-Dame East Champ-de-Mars
Detailed neighbourhood map




Up until the 1820s, ships dropped anchor some way out from the shore or tied up to make shift piers, often near the peacefully flowing Little Saint-Pierre River. Then, from west to east, an esplanade, docks and piers were built, all of them on land reclaimed from the St. Lawrence.

The Port of Montréal, officially opened in 1830, became the gateway to Canada. Thousands of immigrants landed here seeking better lives.

Stone warehouses were built near the first permanent piers. This was also the site of Joe Beef's Tavern, whose owner, Irishman Charles McKiernan, was known for keeping a live bear, among other eccentricities, and for his support for striking workers.

For decades, the Alexandra pier, built around the turn of the century, was the first landfall for thousands of immigrants. Today it welcomes cruise ship passengers.

Top of page

| Home | Site map | Contact us |

Old Montréal

Credits. All rights reserved, 1998-2001.
Last updated:
September 2001