Resounding success for the second edition of Tall Ships on the Quays!

MONTREAL, Sept. 19, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The second edition of Tall Ships on the Quays at the Old Port of Montréal closed yesterday, setting a new record for attendance, with some 164,000 visitors, over 9 % more than last year.

"Tall Ships on the Quays is a unique event, a wonderful celebration of Montréal's maritime culture," said Claude Benoit, president and CEO of the Old Port Corporation of Montréal.  "The record level of attendance registered this year rivals with any of the city's major popular events.  It speaks to the public's great interest in reconnecting with their river and in our rich maritime heritage, and is a source of inspiration for the next editions of the event," she said.

This year, eight prestigious ships, filled with history and adventure, were welcomed: the Niagara (U.S.), the Pride of Baltimore II (U.S.), the Challenge (Can), the Lynx (U.S.), the Pathfinder (Can), the St. Lawrence II (Can), the HMCS MONTRÉAL and the Empire Sandy.

Over the four days of the event, the Maritime Village was transformed into a veritable festival zone, where Montrealers and visitors were able to take part in a full program of activities, including presentations, shows, thematic booths, conferences and fireworks.

Tall Ships on the Quays: the high point of a successful summer season at the Old Port of Montréal
The Tall Ships on the Quays closes a festive summer season offering a variety of activities on the Quays of the Old Port that once again met both Montrealers' and tourists' expectations.

Partners of the Tall Ships on the Quays
The Quays of the Old Port would like to thank its partners who contributed to producing Tall Ships on the Quays: the Canadian Wildlife Federation, title partner, as well as the SDC Vieux-Montréal, Van Houtte, Unibroue, Laurentian Bank, 7UP and the Société de transport de Montréal (STM).

The Quays of the Old Port would also like to thank its principal partner, the Government of Canada, as well as commercial partners Sleeman, Pepsi and TELUS.


SOURCE QUAYS OF THE OLD PORT OF MONTREAL

For further information:

Old Port of Montréal Corporation
Julie Mailhot
514-283-8085
jmailhot@vieuxportdemontreal.com

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