Port of Montréal’s Grand Quai and Cruise Terminal


The project distinguishes itself by its ability to implement, in the Montréal area, projects that constitute a focus for further development.

At a time when the creation of public spaces is increasingly important, the firm restored a pier and transformed it into an exceptional riverwalk that was integrated into the existing pedestrian network built up over the past few decades alongside the Saint Lawrence River. As well, the Iberville Passenger Terminal, built in 1967 on the pier, was completely renovated in order to welcome cruise passengers arriving in Montréal with modern facilities and a first impression worthy of Québec’s largest city. Alexandra Pier is now named Grand Quai – Port of Montréal.

PHASE I  –  2014 – 2018

  • International maritime terminal
  • Pier lowered at the end of the dock allowing access to the river
  • Esplanade
  • Arrivals hall covered with a green roof Interactive interpretation centre
  • Indoor parking
  • Mariners’ house of Montréal

PHASE II  –  2018 – 2022

  • 65m high signature tower with a view on the river and the city
  • Observatory for visitors
  • Sculptural staircase with panoramic view Lobbies for visitors
  • Large foyer with ticket offices
  • Waiting area
  • Cloakroom and related sanitary services


Pageau Morel et associés


Stéphane Brügger






NIP Paysage

Interior design

Provencher_Roy Design intérieur

Other Collaborators

Infrastructure maritime : WSP Group






Port de Montréal

Surface Area

38,000 m2




Located on an exceptional site, the pier is one of the principal docks built in the early 20th century, a time when Montréal ranked among the world’s busiest ports for the export of cereal.

Measuring 305 metres long by 72 metres wide, the pier originally housed four huge, two-storey hangars.

In 1967, the Iberville terminal, not particularly suited to pedestrian circulation, was reserved for automobile traffic, a situation exacerbated when the hangars were converted into parking lots. Despite significant investments for its maintenance over the past 10 years, this infrastructure, located in the heart of Old Montréal, showed advanced signs of aging and operational obsolescence that was compromising its ability to keep providing the expected services.

Maritime Terminal

Thanks to its complete redesign, the maritime terminal now welcomes passengers at ground level rather than at the Port of Montréal’s Grand Quay’s upper level.

This allows the rationalization of vehicular traffic patterns as well as the pedestrianization of spaces. Meanwhile, the landscaping of the ground level enables more fluid movement, thus considerably simplifying vehicle access to the port facilities and the parking spaces still available in the old hangars.

Public Promenade

Today, pedestrians are drawn to an inviting landscaped esplanade located on the roof of the port facilities.

This path completes the Old Port’s network of public spaces and rebuilds, in admirable fashion, the ties between the city and the Saint Lawrence River.

“From the project’s outset, our aim was to extend the Old Port’s linear park onto the pier. We wanted to create a space that emphasizes the historical richness of the site while also providing a park, a place to relax, and a space that people could make their own.”

adds Sonia Gagné, Architect and Partner at Provencher_Roy.

Un accès au fleuve pour les Montréalais, grâce à l'abaissement du quai

Signature Tower

One of the project’s more innovative features is the addition of a nearly 65-metre tower, whose primary function will be to signal the presence of the Port of Montréal’s Grand Quay.


Thanks to several viewing platforms, the tower will constitute a unique vantage point for observing the city and river, and enable travellers to discover the city upon arrival in the port. It will also serve as a transitional element connecting the raised esplanade, the maritime terminal, and the new park at the tip of the Port of Montréal’s Grand Quai. The architectural vocabulary developed for the tower and its structure evokes the port’s rich industrial heritage. Finally, the tower will be equipped with lighting systems that give artists free reign to create luminous works that transform the venue according to the season and with the aim of celebrating particular events. It will thus be a canvas for those visual artists whose medium is light and who in recent years have built a reputation for themselves both locally and around the world.

Project Team

Jonathan Audet, Anik Bastien-Thouin, Valérie Bier, Guillaume Blais-Gingras, Mélissa Boisjoli, Elisaveta Boulatova, Claude Bourbeau, Réjean Comeau, Alice Cormier-Cohen, Michaël Côté, Normand Desjardins, Danielle Dewar, Sébastien Dufour, Karim Duranceau, Sebastian Fischbeck, Sonia Gagné, Denis Gamache, Simon Horman, Chloé Hutchison, Maryia Kamisarava, Krisafie Koulis, Félix Lacelle-Leroux, Simon Lachapelle, Patrice Leroy, Jean-Sebastian Mailhiot, Toby Manaças, Éric Millaire, Alexandre Morin, Franck Murat, Catherine Noiseux, Aeron Regalado, Michel Roy, Michel Tessier, Michel Tessier, Julia Tran, Marc-André Tratch, Sylvie Turcotte, Guillaume Vanderveken, Martin Vincent, Sophie Wilkin.

Jonathan Audet, Mélissa Boisjoli, Normand Desjardins, Sebastien Dufour, Sonia Gagné, Denis Gamache, Simon Horman, Krisafie Koulis, Patrice Leroy, Pascal Lessard, Alexandre Morin, Julia Tran, Marc-André Tratch, Sophie Wilkin.


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