The City of Montreal is a cultural and historical treasure with a well-deserved reputation as one of North America's liveliest cities. It is the third-largest French-speaking city in the World and perhaps one of the most gay-friendly cities in the New World. The Port of Montreal is safe, open, and inviting; with a wide range of things to see and do – far too many to list in this article. For more information about the attractions and activities available to visitors to the Port of Montreal, please visit the Port of Montreal's tourism website.
The Port of Montreal has a humid continental climate with abundant winter snowfall and a wet summer (balanced by lots of sunshine). Temperatures average from a low of -5.7 °C (22 °F) in January to 26 °C (79 °F) in July, and nighttime temperatures can be significant lower than in the day. Summers are generally humid, and late hot "Indian summers" are normal.
Visitors to the Port of Montreal will want to visit the Pointe-a-Calliere, the Museum of Archaeology, and History, which was built atop the ancient Port of Montreal. Visitors are treated to a multi-media program above the ruins of the old city and to underground remains of the camps of the indigenous first people and early French settlements. Sitting above evidence of over a thousand years of history, the museum is a unique treasure for those who love history and archaeology. The museum also contains exhibits covering ethno-historical objects from cultures and areas outside the Port of Montreal.
The Port of Montreal's Musee des Beaux-Arts (Museum of Fine Arts) is one of the most famous museums in Canada. The original 1912 building has been enlarged with an annex across the street, and the two are joined by underground galleries. The museums holdings include some 35 thousand paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, and decorative arts ranging from antiquity to the 21st Century. Permanent exhibits include European art, Canadian art, decorative arts and design, Mediterranean archaeology, ancient cultures, and contemporary art.
The Casino de Montreal located on the Port of Montreal's Ile Notre-Dame is Canada's biggest casino. Two of its three buildings were created for Expo 67. The casino offers more than 3200 slot machines, 120 gambling tables, four restaurants, four bars, and a cabaret. It also has space for meetings and banquets. The casino is open 24 hours a day to adults 18 years of age and older.
Every year, thousands gather to enjoy the Port of Montreal International Fireworks Competition. The festival lasts from mid-June to late July (Wednesday and Saturday nights). Spectators enjoy full-length fireworks displays from some dozen countries across the world. The exciting displays, visible from rooftops and open spaces around the city center, are synchronized with orchestral music. Praised by the New York Times as a "world-class competition," the fireworks competition is a must-do for any summertime visitor to the Port of Montreal.
Travelers who want to visit the Port of Montreal by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website.