Clock Tower Beach Free for Everyone! The Old Port: The Must-see Destination with a Ton of Activities for the Whole Family

Sun, hot sand, spectacular views, evenings at La Buvette by APOLLO, and great entertainment

MONTREAL, May 13, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - With close to 100 activities for the whole family, the Old Port of Montréal is an essential destination this summer. And now there is another great reason for Montréalers and visitors to make their way down to the Old Port: they can spend the day relaxing on the Clock Tower Beach for free.

Vamos a la playa!
The beach will be open every weekend starting May 25, and seven days a week starting on June 22. Entrance is free in the daytime from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To give beach-goers the ultimate experience, chef Giovanni Apollo will be setting up his "beachside" gourmet concept for the second year, offering a new assortment of refreshing, simple and delicious menu items. La Buvette by APOLLO also has some exciting surprises in store for cocktail-hour enthusiasts who stay a little longer: the venue will present 60 evening events featuring guest artists and DJs, with an entrance fee. Friends can meet up at La Buvette to enjoy a drink and some creative, casual, summer-time cuisine, all to a backdrop of lively music.

From June 22 to July 1, Coppertone presents Art in the Sand at the Clock Tower Beach. Visitors of all ages can enjoy watching the sand sculptors hard at work the weekend of June 22 and 23. You are sure to be impressed by the extraordinary possibilities of this ephemeral art form! Also at the Clock Tower Beach: Sleeman invites people out free of charge for the Sleeman Fireworks Nights. Starting a 8 p.m., fireworks enthusiasts will get front-row views to take in the nine nights of fireworks in an explosive musical ambiance.

Cultural events
Get the most out of summer by enjoying the two dozen different artistic and cultural events that are available. Among them, there's the Grégory Charles theatre, which opens its doors May 24 with an exciting interactive show called Vintage. And the Eureka Festival, a large-scale popular celebration of science for curious minds of all ages, will be back June 14 to 16 with more than 100 free activities. On June 21, celebrate the longest day of the year with the loud and exclusive Red Bull Solstice event at the Old Port.

The Old Port will also play host to Canada Day celebrations, the 10th anniversary of the Montreal International Reggae Festival, Montréal's large-scale gay celebration Divers/Cité, the major Arab World celebration Orientalys, and the cultural military event Army of Culture, to name but a few.

Street food, patios and riverside dining
Starting May 18, innovative street food comes to the Old Port with the introduction of three new food trucks: Dic Ann's, specializing in hamburgers with a signature spicy sauce, Déli du Vieux-Port, offering smoked meat and fish and chips, and Moozoo, which serves up smoothies, shakes, frozen yogurt, gelato and more.

The Cavalier Maxim, the Petit Navire, the Absolu 80 yacht and the Bateau-Mouche welcome visitors for lunch throughout the week. Moored at the Jacques-Cartier pier, these vessels also offer a variety of river cruises. As well, visitors can enjoy an array of body treatments at the Bota Bota floating spa, "where gentle waves lull your soul."

Brimming with exclusive events, new experiences and family activities, the Old Port also offers river excursions, romantic dinners or quick meals at its many eateries, trendy cocktail bars, and strolls along the walkway of summer boutiques to start off the evening.

Sharkfest at the Montréal Science Centre!
The sharks have settled into the Science Centre for the whole summer, and visitors are in for an extra treat. First, the Centre presents Planet Shark: Predator or Prey, a brand-new exhibit with teeth to it! Visitors are plunged into the world of the ocean's most impressive yet misunderstood predator. They can confront myth and reality, discover the latest facts and learn captivating stories. Also featured are life-size shark models, two frozen specimens―a mako shark and its favourite prey, a Pacific red tuna―a vast collection of jaws, teeth and real shark fossils, underwater diving cages, and much more.

Then, starting May 31, the Centre's IMAX®TELUS theatre presents its new film, Great White Shark 3D, which explores this animal's place in our imagination and fears, and its position at the top of the ocean food chain. Produced by Giant Screen Films and shot in South Africa, New Zealand, Mexico and California, the film restores to its rightful place a mythical creature that has been stigmatized by its portrayal in the 1970s movie JAWS.

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The Old Port of Montréal Corporation thanks its main partner, the Government of Canada. The Montreal Science Centre would like to acknowledge its presenting sponsors, Hydro-Québec and TELUS, also title sponsor of the IMAX®TELUS Theatre. The Old Port of Montréal wishes also to thank its partners, TELUS, Sleeman, Coca-Cola and ESKA.


For further information:

Catherine Bourdon
Tel.: 514-283-9485

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