We're not exactly sure what they mean by "connect". But if they truly want to be bold, then they would connect the Old Port all the way to Quartier des Spectacles.
Could you imagine having waterfront access right in the middle of downtown?
Last year the mayor announced how they would be opening up the Old Port. The most important part of the project is offering more waterfront access.
After all, Clock Tower beach can't exactly be called a "beach" if you can't access the water. That's why part of this plan includes a "floating bath".
It would essentially be a giant chlorinated swimming pool that would be floating in the old port, or perhaps a massive floating dock with a built-in pool like the one that already exists in Copenhagen.
Whatever happens, more waterfront access can only be a good thing considering how little we have at the moment.
Grab your lasso and cowboy hat, Montrealers, because the city is throwing a massive rodeo to celebrate Montreal's 375th anniversary.
And honestly, it's a little messed up that it's actually happening.
Starting today, the Nomadfest Urban Rodeo is taking over the Old Port's Jacques-Cartier Pier and will go on until Sunday night.
A "contemporary rodeo" that will allow visitors to "experience the daily lifestyle of cowboys down to the smallest detail,” the event promises a bluegrass saloon, a giant terrace, and a variety of musical acts.
Since this is a Montreal festival, food will be an integral aspect of Nomadfest. Gourmet food stations will be set up to offer you a gustatory window into the life of a cowboy.
Corn-grilling stations, cook-your-own-sausage spots, and braised bacon (with chocolate!) stands will be set up for you to enjoy.
No rodeo is complete without a competition of cowboy-skills, and rest assured Nomadfest will let you witness some men-in-chaps bareback ride some bulls and stallions.
Sorry if that last bit came off a little sexual, it's just hard not to when you have "bareback," "riding," and "cowboys" in the same sentence.
But as exciting as it is to see a cowboy take on a bull, not everyone in Montreal is pleased with the event. Animal rights activists are condemning Nomadfest, with protests planned.
Montreal's SPCA described the rodeo as "barbaric," notes CBC, denouncing the act of making animals undergo large amounts of stress solely for our entertainment.
The non-profit animal welfare organization also pointed out, quite correctly, that the rodeo "has nothing to do with the 375th anniversary of the City of Montreal."
"In memory of Grady...the horse who died during a rodeo in Saint-Tite on May 28th, and for all the other victims of the rodeo industry, [we] invite you to attend the anti-rodeo vigils during...NomadFest" says the protest's Facebook event page.
So even if you love the idea of a rodeo or abhor it completely, there will be something for you to do at this Montreal 375th anniversary event!
All to celebrate Montreal's First Nations' heritage, and different religions in the city. Prominent Canadian and Quebec political figures will be there, including PM Justin Trudeau, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, and Mayor Denis Coderre.
A tribute to Paul Chomedy de Maisonneuve and Jeanne-Mance, featuring music, dancing, and speeches, will go down at 10:30 AM.
Honestly, I feel like I've been waiting for this one all year. We saw how gorgeous the bridge is lit up when they tested it out a few months ago; now it's the real deal, so you can only imagine how beautiful it'll be (especially since there'll be a soundtrack of the Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra playing, too).
Remember that the bridge is going to be closed off to traffic tonight for this from 9:00 PM to 10:30 PM.
For more information, and a complete list of things happening today, check out the official 375 Montreal website right here.
It's only one of the most popular Basilicas/churches in the whole entire world, friends, and one Montreal company knows exactly how to celebrate it in just exactly the right way.
Aura Basilique, put on by Montreal's Moment Factory, is a lazer light show taking place inside the Basilica. The show is going down throughout the year. Tickets cost roughly $25; and trust, it's so, so worth it!
Others are annoyed that the city is spending $39.9 million dollars on some glorified Christmas lights.
But perhaps now that most the work is done, the haters can at leat admit it looks really good. Last night the bridge was illuminated for the first time and the photos and videos are absolutely stunning.