Montreal Clock Tower
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  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia49,654 contributions
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    Tall tower
    The Montreal Clock Tower, or Tour de l’Horloge in French, is located at the entry point to the Old Port. Construction of the tower was completed in 1922 and it was dedicated to the seamen who died in World War I. It’s quite a tall building with a clock at the top. It can be seen from a distance.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 November 2023
  • Bea
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    Montreal Clock Tower and Big Ben
    This tower was built in 1922 to honour sailors who were lost during World War I. It is 45-meter-tall and overlooks the bank of the St. Lawrence River. Clock Tower is a replica of Big Ben.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 December 2023
  • sanju_222323
    New Jersey16,214 contributions
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    Those looking for views should visit the historic Clock Tower.
    Those looking for views should visit the historic Clock Tower. Dating from 1919, this iconic structure is 45 meters high and performs double duty as a lighthouse. The Old Port of Montréal’s iconic Clock Tower celebrates its 100th year in 2022. Still a prominent feature of the city skyline, the Clock Tower continues to welcome visitors, watercraft, and tourists as they make their way along the Mighty St. Lawrence River. By the way, the Prince of Wales placed the foundation Stone in 1919 The Clock Tower was named a Classified Federal Heritage Building in 1996. In addition to commemorating the courage of the seamen of the Merchant Marine who perished in the First World War. Climb the 192 steps to the top, and you'll be rewarded with great views of the St. Lawrence River, Old Montreal, and the Jacques Cartier Bridge off in the distance. Admission is free. we were tired so we did not try this, there is a beach nearby (man-made, small beach).
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 June 2024
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sanju_222323
New Jersey16,214 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Those looking for views should visit the historic Clock Tower. Dating from 1919, this iconic structure is 45 meters high and performs double duty as a lighthouse. The Old Port of Montréal’s iconic Clock Tower celebrates its 100th year in 2022. Still a prominent feature of the city skyline, the Clock Tower continues to welcome visitors, watercraft, and tourists as they make their way along the Mighty St. Lawrence River. By the way, the Prince of Wales placed the foundation Stone in 1919

The Clock Tower was named a Classified Federal Heritage Building in 1996. In addition to commemorating the courage of the seamen of the Merchant Marine who perished in the First World War.
Climb the 192 steps to the top, and you'll be rewarded with great views of the St. Lawrence River, Old Montreal, and the Jacques Cartier Bridge off in the distance. Admission is free.

we were tired so we did not try this, there is a beach nearby (man-made, small beach).
Written 23 June 2024
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IAN D
Wigan, UK25,849 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Solo
This Big Ben replica, built to commemorate sailors lost at sea during WWI, was renowned for its accuracy. The Montreal Clock Tower, also known as the Sailor's Memorial Clock and Tour de l’Horloge in French, The tower marks the entrance to the Old Port of Montreal and its erection was dedicated to the seamen who died in the First World War.
Written 18 May 2024
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Bea
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Jul 2023 • Family
This tower was built in 1922 to honour sailors who were lost during World War I. It is 45-meter-tall and overlooks the bank of the St. Lawrence River. Clock Tower is a replica of Big Ben.
Written 11 December 2023
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada14,422 contributions
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May 2023 • Couples
Erected in 1922 at the entrance to Montreal’s Old Port, and dedicated to the seamen who lost their lives in the First World War, the Clock Tower can be seen from miles away. It is a prominent landmark in Montreal’s skyline and it calls and beckons to those relatively near. Indeed, as my partner and I ambled towards the Old Port, the Clock Tower certainly called us over. The Tower’s Beux-Arts architectural style, concomitant with its prominent position, is attractive to the eye.

I will admit, in this instance, that walking towards the Clock Tower was something of a chore due to a foot issue I’d been dealing with at the time. In fact, it had pretty much hindered our entire day trip to Montreal; however, it was still nice to get out and observe a few important sites like le old Clock Tower in le Old Port.

Getting up close to the tower, you really begin to appreciate it. Standing nearly 150 feet tall, the Clock Tower is made primarily of concrete. Its all-white colour causes it to sit brilliantly against the backdrop of the mighty St. Lawrence and the Old Port of Montreal – shining like a metaphorical light into the past and future all at once. Consider:

The Montreal Clock Tower was built at the end of World War I. At the time, there was a strong will and sentiment to build a monument to those whose lives were lost far too soon. Hence, this tower, which was also known as the Sailors Memorial Clock Tower because of the poignant dedication on the tower’s north wall. It also served as a literal beacon to the vessels traveling in and out of the Old Port, most of which were shipping grain. In this respect, the Clock Tower is very much a reflection of the political, economic and social environment of the time.

In the current day, while the memorial to the fallen sailors is still powerful, the Clock Tower serves more of a symbolic purpose. It was a witness to the golden age of the Port, and functioned as a literal beacon. Now, it is an emblematic monument to that time and that place – formally recognized as one of Canada’s “Historic Places” in 1996. Of course, there’s a bit of tourism tossed in with the viewing tower (which was closed at the time of our visit), but that’s par for the course.

Clock Tower Beach sits below the tower, but we did not visit the fake beach.

A personal aside: I’m not sure if I’m tired or just getting tired of writing reviews. This one took me a fair while to put together. Hmmm. . .
Written 16 November 2023
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia49,654 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The Montreal Clock Tower, or Tour de l’Horloge in French, is located at the entry point to the Old Port. Construction of the tower was completed in 1922 and it was dedicated to the seamen who died in World War I. It’s quite a tall building with a clock at the top. It can be seen from a distance.
Written 12 November 2023
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LostInTime
Pittsburgh, PA21,323 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
There is a clock tower out on what looks like in once was an island. It’s visible from pretty far away. It looks old and interesting.
Written 11 August 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,898 contributions
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Oct 2022
It's a somewhat tall tower at the entrance to the old port near the ferris wheel. You will note it as you walk around, but I do not recommend that you go out of your way to see it.
Written 27 November 2022
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Philip P
Herentals, Belgium1,419 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
At the entrance of the harbour, on a corner, ideal for turning halfway the walk of the old harbour. Nice tower but the river (what a currents!) makes it really an attraction.
Written 1 November 2022
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Shai & Huvi
Israel356 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Not much to see but it makes for a cool picture... Oh and if you need to know the time I guess. Bring a sweater!
Written 6 September 2022
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Explorer_IM
Cambridge, Canada562 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We went for the view of Montreal from top in the Giant wheel and decided to explore the near by areas. We saw this Clock tower on banks of magnificent St Lawrence river.
Written 2 May 2022
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