Discover the New in Old Montréal
Montréal has always been one of those must-see cities. With its welcoming old-world charm and hip, contemporary style, the city is easy to fall in love with. And the changing canvas of four distinct seasons paints the city in a different light throughout the year.
The narrow, cobblestone streets, centuries old buildings—home to trendy shops and cafès—and inviting plazas, Old Montréal is the historic centre. In 2017, the city marked its 375th anniversary. This has given Montréal a renewed sense of energy, and an embrace of artistic creativity and high-tech that will dazzle your senses. There is an enticing and seductive energy that will feed your desire to explore. And there are four things to see that must top your list.
La Grande Roue de Montréal
Get a new perspective on the city from Canada’s highest observation wheel. Recently opened, and standing 60 metres—think 20-storey building—the 42 gondolas are equipped with a heating and cooling system that will keep you comfortable any time of year. With sweeping views of the city and St. Lawrence River, you can sit back and admire the ever-changing scenery. On a clear day you’ll be able to see almost 30 km. You can even book a private gondola for your friends and family to enjoy, or indulge a little and soak up the atmosphere in the VIP gondola, the only one with a glass floor and four comfortable leather seats.
Step by step, Cité Mémoire will guide and captivate you. It’s a free walking tour like no other, with a phone app. The city’s history comes to life in one of the largest outdoor video art installations. Projected on the buildings and streets of Old Montréal, there are over 20 scenes that use words, images and music to share the characters and stories that have shaped the city. This year-round, night-time spectacle celebrates the role of the First Nations and early European settlers, along with the city’s sports and cultural heroes and the unique geography that makes Montréal what it is.
Constructed in the early 1800s, and rising divinely above the old part of the city, Notre-Dame Basilica has hosted numerous historical events, and has drawn visitors for nearly 200 years. More than just a place for religious worship, the church often opens its doors to orchestras and choirs. But now you can see Notre-Dame in an entirely different light with AURA. A stunning dance of light and music reveals the majestic beauty of this iconic building in a way never experienced before. This multimedia spectacle will leave you mesmerized. First, you will explore the Basilica, while marveling at a series of multimedia installations that highlights the artistry of the interior. Then, you’ll be invited to the centre of the church for the second immersive portion. AURA is one of those unforgettable experiences that you won’t be able to wait to share.
For nearly 90 years, the Jacques Cartier Bridge has been Montréal’s iconic lifeline across the St. Lawrence River. Now in a dazzling tribute to the city’s 375th anniversary, the bridge comes alive with a colourful light display, called Living Connections. With a nod to the latest technology, the colours on the bridge change based on the seasons and the intensity and movement of the city. With data from traffic, weather, and virtual communications, the changing light reflects the energy of the city at a given time. It’s expected that the city’s mood will be brightly displayed on the bridge for the next 10 years.
Something’s always happening in the city. Be a part of it, and discover the new Old Montréal.