The Grand Quay of the Port of Montreal is a new urban space developed by the Montreal Port Authority (MPA). Located between the river and the city in the heart of Old Montreal, it features a contemporary cruise terminal, new greenspaces open to the public and a Port Centre. It stands out for its positive impacts in terms of sustainable development, its landscape planning, its electric shore power technology for cruise vessels and its approach to connecting with the community.
The Grand Quay reinvents port spaces and rethinks port-city relations. It responds to a wish expressed by Montrealers to provide better access to the river. It revitalizes a century-old site into a modern cruise terminal whose innovative architectural design ensures a quality welcome for cruise ships and their guests. It reduces the port’s environmental footprint through the installation of shore power, the first green initiative of its kind in Quebec, the creation of green spaces including a green roof that is original in design, and the reorganization of the area to encourage active transportation. The Port Centre opens a cultural window on the maritime industry and enhances the public’s perception about the port.
Prior to developing the project, the MPA held numerous meetings with key partners from the economic and tourism sectors, political and social stakeholders and stakeholders committed to Montreal’s harmonious development. It also held open houses to present the project to residents, gather their input and answer their questions.
The Grand Quay project demonstrates the port’s desire to get closer to the community, offer the public better access to the river and better integrate into its surroundings and environment. It reduces the port’s environmental footprint, meets the operational needs of cruise lines and their guests, and contributes to the economic prosperity of Greater Montreal, Quebec and Canada.