The Montreal Port Authority will soon unveil its new Port of Montreal Tower, a 214-metre glass tower that will offer sweeping views of the city and the Saint Lawrence River, adding yet another attraction for tourists to visit. Destination Canada.
The project was three years in the making and marks the completion of a major refurbishment of the Iberville harbor terminal at Alexandra Pier.
The Glass Tower Opens to the Public on May 27th
The newly constructed Port of Montreal Tower will open for the first time to visitors on May 27-28, giving travelers and other visitors the opportunity to enjoy views of the city and the Saint Lawrence River from a height of approximately 200 feet.
The Montreal Port Authority announced the grand opening on May 16, saying that admissions will be open by the end of the first week. Intended as a symbolic reminder of the lighthouses that served maritime navigation in the past, the Port of Montreal Tower, which reaches 214 meters, has many interesting features for visitors.
In addition to the spectacular views from the viewing platform, visitors can explore 18 educational and entertainment centers, each focusing on the festivals and culture of Montreal, the Montreal Canadiens, the port itself, and other events and landmarks.
More than a dozen displays show a variety of interesting things in Montreal, and high-tech and interactive lighting and sound systems are also part of the platform’s offerings.
Revelers will want to climb the golden spiral staircase to the 15th floor – approximately 180 meters above the ground – to enter a glass dome with unparalleled views of the land and water. (Elevators, which are wheelchair accessible, are available in the tower but do not reach the glass cage.)
“With the Port of Montreal Tower, from now on visitors will have a wonderful view of the city and our river. It is a great attraction that expands the tourism offer of the city. This new way to Montreal and the river will give Quebecers and our visitors, especially seafarers, a unique experience that will last forever in their memories,” said Caroline Proulx, Minister of Tourism and Minister for Lanaudière Region.
Other activities within the tower include several art installations and a music program that allows visitors to create their own port music based on the music of the Orchester Métropolitain de Montréal.
The Tower Is Part Of A Major Renovation
According to Martin Imbleau, the port’s president and CEO, the tower is an example of opening up the port and turning it into a public space.
In addition to the tower, the renovation of the port now includes green spaces such as a large area with plants where passengers and others can see cruise ships and other ships sailing on the Saint Lawrence, as well as grassy lawns along the water’s edge.
Other changes are planned for the port of Montreal. In February 2023, the port authorities announced new developments five year sales of $335 million which will support various methods of designing and improving port infrastructure, and accelerate the decommissioning of port services, among other objectives.
Montreal is a major port that, along with Quebec City and the smaller areas to the Saint Lawrence, receives cruise ships from spring to mid-autumn.
In 2023, the Port of Montreal expects a total of 51 ships to operate, bringing in at least 45,000 passengers worldwide to its shores. Thirty-eight ships are scheduled to embark or disembark tourists, and another 13 ships will call at ports.
The cruise industry in Montreal this year will generate $25 million in revenue. All port operations, including major cargo operations, support 19,000 jobs and generate $2.6 billion in annual revenue.