North America’s only French-speaking metropolis, Montréal is the second largest city in Canada and the cultural heart of the Quebec region. The city’s European influences are on display everywhere – in the art, architecture and attitude – and it is no wonder that locals often say it’s the best place to experience Europe without having to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
Montreal is a stunning city, recognised by UNESCO City of Design for its excellent architecture, urban planning, public spaces, sculptures and street art. The city is also Canada’s media capital, boasting large, successfully television production, radio, theatre, film, multimedia, and print publishing companies and precincts.
For some, the best Montreal has to offer is actually under the city, not in the city. There are more than 32 kilometres of underground tunnels connecting completely or partially subterranean malls, boutiques, apartments, hotels, banks, businesses, universities, cinemas and museums.
Port of Montréal’s Iberville Passenger Terminal is located on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River in Ville-Marie, a borough on the eastern side of the Island of Montréal. The port is located close to many important regions including downtown Montréal, Old Montréal, Old Port and Centre-Sud.
Welcoming over 70,000 cruise passengers to Montréal each year, the Iberville Passenger Terminal is a stylish and well-organised cruise terminal with an international reputation for efficient turnaround operations.
- Guest lounge
- Taxi ranks
- Public transport hub
- Access to Montreal on Wheels bicycle hire
- River cruise booking centre.
The port facilities are set to receive a significant upgrade between 2015 and 2017.
How To Get Around
Montréal is a very walkable city and many cruise travellers choose to set off on foot to explore the region. The port is located within walking distance of a public transport hub. The metro (train) and bus network is very popular with tourists and locals alike as it is comprehensive, efficient, safe and cost effective. Taxis, care hire and a public bike network are also popular travel options.
Travel times from the port:
- It is a 15 minute journey to downtown Montréal.
- It is a 5 minute journey to downtown Montréal
- It is an 18 minute journeu to Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
- It is a 2 hour and 4 minute journey to Ottowa.
- It is a 9 minute journey to downtown Montréal (with services every 30 minutes)
- It is a 53 minute journey to Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (with services every 15 minutes).
- It is a 56 minute journey to Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (with services every 15 minutes, includes one bus transfer).
- Currency - The currency in Montréal is the Canadian dollar (CAD). Coins come in 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢, $1, and $2 denominations. Notes come in $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 denominations.
- Time Zone - Montréal uses Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is five hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Daylight savings is in effect between March and October – in this time the city is only four hours behind UTC.
- Weather - Montréal has a semi-continental climate, with distinct separation between the icy winters, the warm summers and the mild springs and autumns. Montréal is coldest in December with an average temperature of -5.6 degrees Celsius and is warmest in July with an average temperature of 22.3 degrees Celsius.
- Marché Jean-Talon - Located in Montréal’s Little Italy, Marché Jean-Talon is a thriving open-air market that sells all manner of local fruit, vegetables and flowers. Quebec specialities like cheese, wine, cider and preserves can be bought from Marché des Saveurs du Québec, one of many specialty stores alongside the cafés and restaurants around the market’s perimeter.
- Biosphère - Housed in an impressive geodisk dome that was originally built for Expo 67 by the renowned architect Buckminster Fuller, Biosphère is now a nature centre that promotes urban ecosystems and emerging sustainable technologies. There are a number of interactive displays.
- Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal - Spread over two distinct pavilions, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal is home to the finest art collection in all of Quebec. While many classical masterpieces are on display, the museum is best loved for its impressive collection of renowned Canadian artists including Paul Kane, Group of Seven and Jean-Paul Riopelle.
- Citadelle of Quebec - Located within the Historic District of Old Québec, La Citadelle is a formidable military installation that showcases Canada’s military history. Visitors are not given uninhibited admission as La Citadelle is still actively used as home for both the Monarch of Canada and the Governor General of Canada; however, comprehensive guided tours are run on a daily basis.