The newly revamped cruise terminal of Montreal is now open to the public. The city hopes to attract more tourists to the Old Port during summer months.
While the terminal was under construction in 2017, crew and passengers were the only ones who had access to it. Currently, a promenade, a green roof overlooking the water, lounge chairs, picnic tables and play areas for kids are accessible to everyone.
The refurbished terminal, unveiled to the public on June 3, Sunday, is part of a US$78-million refit to the Old Port aimed at renewing the terminal and aging Alexandra Pier, that will now be named Grand Quai du Port de Montreal.
A new parking lot will be completed later in 2018, while an observation tower is due to open in 2021.
Cruise passengers are expected to keep arriving in Montreal. The port is coming off a record year for cruises, due in large part to vessels arriving to celebrate Montreal's 375th and Canada's 150th birthday in 2017.
Over 50 cruise ships docked in port of Montreal in 2017, bringing in over 114,000 passengers. That is an increase of 33% compared to 2016, and up 140% from 2011.
The port expects another 14% increase in the year ahead, and 130,000 cruise passengers coming to the port town in 2018.