Did you know that the Grand Quai is the result of a project to rehabilitate the Alexandra Pier that was built over 100 years ago?
Alexandra Pier was built in 1908 and remains the same today. The new cruise terminal inaugurated in 2018 retains the structure of the Iberville terminal, which was built in 1967. The steel structure is today clearly visible and well integrated into the modern design of the building. In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the Port of Montreal has also put in place the necessary equipment to provide shorepower to cruise ships.
Public spaces have been built at the Grand Quai to provide access to the river. The population can enjoy the Promenade d'Iberville, a green roof decorated with 24,000 floral and aromatic plants, as well as the Place des Commencements, a vast space bordering the water. A port interpretation centre is also present at the Grand Quai.
The primary purpose of the Grand Quai is dedicated to cruises. The venues are also available for rental for various events.