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.
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! 🙂