The Port of Montreal’s Port in the City Day provided thousands of Montrealers with the opportunity to discover their port on Saturday, September 8. More than 2,150 people enjoyed a one-hour port cruise aboard Croisières AML’s Cavalier Maxim over the course of five departures held between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Croisières AML was a partner with the port in the event.

From the St. Lawrence River, passengers were treated to a unique view of the port, from the Old Port to the east end of the city. Montreal Port Authority senior managers were aboard the boat to present and explain the port and its facilities.

“The Port of Montreal is an important contributor to the economy of Greater Montreal,” said Sylvie Vachon, president and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority. “We want to get even closer to our community. We want Montrealers to discover or rediscover their port and to be proud of it.”

There was obvious interest in the port among Montrealers: almost all of the cruise tickets were spoken for within only two days. Others will have to wait until next year to enjoy the cruise. Because of the general public’s enthusiastic response to this year’s event, the Port of Montreal already has scheduled next year’s Port in the City Day for September 7, 2013.