Located at the foot of Rue de la Commune, it has been a major port for centuries. The area was first settled by French settlers in 1642 and quickly became an important hub for trade between Europe and North America.
The quay itself dates back to 1743 when it was built as part of an effort to improve transportation links between Montreal and Quebec City. It was then extended further during the 19th century, becoming one of Canada’s largest ports by 1871 with over 50 wharves stretching along its length. During this time, Grand Quai served as a gateway for immigrants arriving from all around the world seeking new opportunities in Canada.
Today, Grand Quai remains an integral part of Montreal’s culture and history. Its cobblestone pathways are lined with historical buildings such as warehouses that were once used to store goods imported from Europe or traded within North America; some even date back to before 1800. Visitors can explore these old structures while admiring stunning views across St Lawrence River towards Old Port or simply enjoy leisurely strolls along its waterfront promenade which features many sculptures depicting local legends like Jacques Cartier who discovered Canada on his voyage here in 1534.
Grand Quai also serves as home to several popular attractions including Pointe-à-Callière Museum – dedicated to exploring Montreal’s archaeological past – Notre Dame Basilica – renowned for its elaborate Gothic Revival architecture – Place Royale – known for being site where Samuel de Champlain founded Ville Marie (now known as Montreal) – plus plenty more. With so much history packed into this small corner of town, there is something here for everyone no matter what their interests may be.
Overall, Grand Quai is a must visit destination if you’re looking to experience true Montréal culture firsthand.