Old Port of Montreal

After living in Burlington for two and a half years, I eventually got used to the constant view of the waterfront that was always right before me… the mountains in the distance, the sunsets that make the entire sky pink, the afternoon walks down the Perkins Pier. However, now living in Montreal, I have been craving a similar sight, wanting to see water instead of buildings. So, I recently went down to the Old Port with my friends Ryan and Chris. Aside from the snow storm last week, each day has been getting warmer and warmer, and so we decided to walk to the Old Port instead of taking the metro or bus. Getting there is easy, all you have to do is walk all the way down St. Laurent and you will eventually hit it. It is an amazing place to visit and explore. We simply spent a relaxing afternoon there, taking pictures and walking around, but it actually offers a lot of activities as well. Indeed, the Montreal Science Center is right on the pier, and it only costs CAD $11.50 to go in, and has an IMAX theatre inside as well.
Furthermore, to get to and from the Old Port, we had to walk through Old Montreal, which is, as the title suggests, an old, historic part of the city. Some of the buildings date back hundreds of years, to the 17th century, and this is made evident by the architecture. You go from being in the modern city of Montreal on one street, to suddenly an old-fashioned area by the next block. Interestingly, this part of the city was once boarded off by walls, in order to protect the colony from British invasion. Eventually, the British did take over the colony, and this impact can still be seen today, for many of the buildings were built by english-speaking architects. Some sites to check out in Old Montreal are the Notre-Dame Basilica, the Point-a-Calliere Museum, and the Place Jacques-Cartier, which is a public area where you can go to simply hang out, and you don’t even have to spend any money. On top of all of this, there are great restaurants and an immense amount of shopping. 
– Written by Kelsey Smith, Digital Film Major & Blogger, Spring 2013