A unique activity in the city - August 31st is Port in the City Day in Montréal

    MONTREAL, Aug. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - This August 31st, the Montreal Port
Authority (MPA) will organize its great open house day entitled Port in the
City. This one-of-a-kind day, a first in 25 years, will give citizens from
greater Montreal and throughout Québec a chance to discover or rediscover the
Port of Montréal's facilities, usually off-limit to the public, and to better
understand the full strategic and economic importance of the activities that
take place there.
    "This open house day expresses our willingness to get closer to everyone
who lives within proximity of the Port of Montréal. It is an important
milestone in our development plan, which deals extensively with community
relations. On August 31st, everyone will discover that the Port is an integral
part of Montréal and its economy. We then want to continue our efforts by
building bonds of trust and cooperation between the Port and the communities
concerned," stated President and Chief Executive Officer of the Montreal Port
Authority, Mr. Patrice M. Pelletier, who added: "With this Port in the City
Day, we are entering a new era in the Port's life, an era driven by
sustainable development."
    This event is organized in partnership with the Société de transport de
Montréal (STM) and with the collaboration of the Old Port of Montréal
Corporation (OPMC) along with the City of Montréal and the Metropolitan
Transportation Agency (AMT).
    "As a hub of our metropolitan economy and one of the world's busiest
inland ports, the Port of Montréal is the pride of Montrealers. From its
St. Lawrence waterfront, it plays a major role in the history of Montréal and
the province of Québec. This get-together day is a terrific way for the whole
population to witness its growth and take in its large-scale projects,"
declared Montréal Mayor Gérald Tremblay.
    "Port in the City Day is a wonderful initiative by the Montreal Port
Authority, an exceptional opportunity for Montrealers to reconnect with their
city's maritime present and past. The Quays of the Old Port proudly bear the
stamp of this past and remind us of our city's genesis as well as its role as
a great metropolis in North America's development," added Ms. Claude Benoit,
President and Chief Executive Officer of the Old Port of Montréal Corporation.
    For his part, ATM President and Chief Executive Officer Joel Gauthier
noted that: "The Metropolitan Transportation Agency is proud to contribute to
this event that promotes the discovery or rediscovery of such a historically
rich site, the Port of Montréal. Together, let's explore this witness to the
past, present and future of Montreal's rail and marine industries," he added,
concluding : "What a great chance to witness, for a day, the workings of one
of North America's main ports and to recognize the importance of the
transportation industry in the economic development of the greater
metropolitan area."
    A full program of free public activities for all ages is planned for the
day. Guided bus, train and boat tours of the Port of Montréal's industrial
facilities will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Jacques-Cartier Quay.
They will provide a chance to get a closer look at gantry cranes, container
ships and grain silos. It is easy to check the schedule of these visits by
going to the website specially created for the event at wwwportinthecity.ca.
For the bus tours, no reservation is necessary; simply go to the boarding
    Place des Vestiges, located in the Old Port on De la Commune Street
facing Bonsecours Market, will be equipped to welcome visitors from 9 a.m. to
6 p.m., and under the Port in the City Tent, to present a very special
educational exhibit on the history, environment and economic strength of the
Port of Montréal. All day long, street entertainers will also be on site to
entertain children and paint their faces. Also, an outdoor stage will showcase
performances from the Chorale des petits chanteurs de Laval and up and coming
stars such as Dominique Bouffard and François Duchesne.
    "As an indispensable partner in Montréal's great events, the Société de
transport de Montréal is very pleased to be associated with this original
activity that lets Montrealers better know an institution that is part of
their heritage," stated Mr. Claude Trudel, Chairman of the Board of Directors
of the STM. "So it is our great pleasure to offer special shuttle buses for
visitors and free fare on the new 515 Old-Montreal-Old Port line."
    Thanks to this collaboration, it will be easy to get to Port in the City
Day at Jacques-Cartier Quay. In fact, free bus service will be available from
8:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. from the Berri-UQAM and Radisson Metro stations.
Visitors can also get to the site on the Metro's orange line (exit at
Square-Victoria, Place-d'Armes or Champ-de-Mars stations).

    To learn more about Port in the City Day or to get a detailed scheduled
of activities, head to: : www.portinthecity.ca.

    If you are interested in interviewing Mr. Patrice M. Pelletier, President
and Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Montreal, you are welcome to
contact Jean-Benoît at one of the following numbers.

For further information:

For further information: Jean-Benoît Houde, CASACOM, (514) 286-2145,
ext. 224, (514) 652-4344, jhoude@casacom.ca

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