The Clock Tower ~ Old Port, Montreal


The Montreal Clock Tower (Tour de l’Horloge) is located at the Quai de l’Horloge, originally called the Victoria Pier, in the Old Port of Montreal.

The Clock Tower was originally designed to hide the storage sheds that once lined the quays. Over the years, it has served several roles, such as, marking the port’s entrance, a lighthouse to guide incoming ships, a memorial to sailors lost at sea during wartime and of course, as a clock!

Also called The Sailor’s Memorial Clock, the cornerstone was laid by the Prince of Wales, on October 31st, 1919. The 45-meter high tower was designed by Paul Leclaire, a Montreal-based engineer.

The clock itself was constructed in Croydon, England by the firm of Gillett & Jonhston, and its mechanism is a replica of the famous Big Ben clock in London. Pretty cool, huh?


It has been classified as a federal heritage building since 1996. Montrealers and visitors alike are invited, from late May to mid-September, to climb the 192 steps to the top. Which I did, during the most humid day of the summer 2012, none the less!! Was I panting when I reached it? Nooooo! 😛 Even if it was a hot and sticky ascend, I was rewarded with a spectacular view and a very welcoming breeze! 🙂

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