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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
A monumental block... and locks 

The monument to John Young

The monument to John Young (1811-1878), an ardent promoter of the Port, was produced in 1908 by Louis-Philippe Hébert and relocated in 1998. 

The Allan Building (1858) housed the head offices of the Montréal Ocean Steamship Company. It is now the home of the Old Port of Montréal Corporation. On one of the pillars at the entrance, a mark shows the level reached by the St. Lawrence during the great flood of 1886. It shares the block with an 1875 building, formerly housing the Montréal Harbour Commission, restored in 1998, and a recent residential complex, on the site of the former Munn naval shipyard (1805-1822).

The Lachine Canal locks, now restored, mark the western end of the Old Port. Opened in 1825 and repeatedly enlarged, the Canal made it possible for boats to avoid the Lachine Rapids until 1959, when the St. Lawrence Seaway took over that role. It also played a key part in Montréal's industrialization, as its locks provided hydraulic power for riverside factories. 

Spectacular sights, 1880 and 1925 

Grain elevators and modern architecture 

Western end of the Old Port 

The locks

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September 2001