Habitat 67


The artificial peninsula Cité-du-Havre was created to protect the port from vicious currents and ice. Here, in 1967, architect Moshe Safdie designed a set of futuristic cube-like condominiums for Expo '67 when he was just 23 years old – from a distance, they resemble a microscopic zoom-in on table salt. This narrow spit of land connects Île Ste-Hélène with Old Montréal via the Pont de la Concorde.

Guided tours in English can be booked online. Hours are irregular but usually at 10am or 2:30pm. You can get a distant view of Habitat 67 from the south stretch of the Old Port, especially near Rue du Port.

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1. Quai Alexandra & Around

0.44 MILES

This easternmost pier in the port is home to the Iberville Passenger Terminal, the dock for cruise ships that ply the St Lawrence River as far as the…

2. Musée des Sœurs-Grises

0.48 MILES

Dedicated to St Marguerite d’Youville, founder of the community of the Sisters of Charity, better known as the Grey Nuns, this museum has a small but…

3. Centre des Sciences de Montréal

0.53 MILES

This sleek, glass-covered science center houses virtual and interactive games, technology exhibits and an ‘immersion theater’ that puts a video game on…

5. Mariners' House

0.57 MILES

Part of the Pointe-à-CallièreCité d'archéologie et d'histoire de Montréal, the Mariners' House hosts a simulated archaeological dig (great for kids) and…

6. Place Royale

0.58 MILES

This little square in the west of Old Montréal marks the spot where the first fort, Ville-Marie, was erected. Defense was a key consideration due to…

7. Centre d'Histoire de Montréal

0.58 MILES

The Montréal History Center has 300-plus artifacts that illustrate the city’s eventful past while focusing on its social history. You can listen to the…

8. Old Customs House


The former customs house was built in 1836 and lies on a historic stretch of Old Montréal.