Ever since fur traders posted themselves here in 1611, this two kilometer stretch along the St. Lawrence River has been an economic and social focal point in Montreal. While it may be over 400 years old, the waterfront has been refurbished and maintained, transforming it into a diverse and attractive area conductive to a multitude of activities such as biking, Segway-ing, pleasure boating, and romantic walking. The Old Port is home to the Montreal Science Centre, a new urban beach opened up in 2012, and Cirque du Soleil performs at Jacques Cartier Quay.
Built in 1931, the Montreal Botanical Garden is dominated by the French garden style. It is divided into greenhouses and outdoor parks with various themes. It is planted with tens of thousands of plants and is the largest botanical garden in North America. In 1984, Mr. Wu Yisun donated his collection of bonsai, and now the bonsai area of the Botanical Garden has become a larger bonsai exhibition area outside of Asia. The tropical rainforest is a greenhouse that displays lush rainforests such as climbing creatures and epiphytic organisms. Greenhouses in arid regions show plants such as aloe tequila in the African desert.