World's Top Waterfront Cities
What PPS Says: Montreal’s historic and still bustling Old Port district flows onto spacious, formerly industrial piers. The park paths connect destinations with restaurants and flexible programmed spaces.
What We Like: When Montreal’s new port facilities opened in the 1970s, an exodus of residents left the old port dark and dangerous. Today, the old city has been reinvented as a design destination and has taken its place as the true heart of Montreal. Tourists beeline to the port, eager to explore the oldest urban area in North America (and eat French food), while locals bike, boat, ice-skate along the port and its canals, and browse the 160-year-old Bonsecours Market.