In 1884, the port was a source of pride for all Montrealers. Thirty years of private and public investment had brought about substantial improvements in the infrastructure. The port then had a spectacular increase in cargo traffic and arrivals of immigrants and travellers.

The cycle of the seasons and the rhythm of port life fascinated Montrealers and drew them to the harbourfront. In the summer, the spectacle was at its best. The tall ships coming from the West Indies and the Maritime Provinces rubbed shoulders with the transatlantic steamships and the more modest ships leaving for the Ottawa and the Richelieu Rivers. Strollers and tourists could observe the stevedores and carters working on the wharfs, while farmers from the neighbouring parishes, loaded down with eggs, butter and fresh vegetables, hurried to the market stalls. The voices of sailors, shop assistants, merchants and foremen mixed with the creaking of the axles of freight wagons and the whinnying of horses.
Printed Documents
  • Brouillard, Pierre. 1976. « Le développement du port de Montréal ». M.A. Thesis (History), Montreal, Université du Québec à Montréal.
  • Heap, Margaret. 1977. « La grève des charretiers à Montréal, 1864 ». Revue d'histoire de l'Amérique française, vol. 31, no. 3 (December), p. 371-395.
  • Linteau, Paul-André. 2000. Histoire de Montréal depuis la Confédération. Montreal : Éditions du Boréal.

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