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June 12, 2014

Montreal's Old Port open for season

MONTREAL — Familiar favorites and new activities abound at Montreal’s Old Port.

Science and technology enthusiasts to the front of the line. Get your Big Bang theory on at the Eureka Festival, a free celebration of science with more than 60 scientific workshops, presentations and shows. It runs tomorrow through Sunday along the promenade.

The Red Bull Bus Tour rolls into town this Saturday (June 14) with a free show by Young Galaxy and Plants and Animals at 3 p.m. at the St. Pierre entrance.

Time to get hopping — literally. The latest Old Port activity to get you on the move is Kangoufit, which offers training and rentals of trampoline boots. Rentals cost $5 for 30 minutes or $10 for an hour.

Art in the Sand offers three giant sand sculptures created right before your eyes on the Conveyor Quay from June 13 through July 25.

And where there’s sand, there’s also an Old Port beach. Inaugurated a few years back, the Clock Tower Pier now plays home to a sandy beach complete with tables, umbrellas and beach chairs.

To find the beach, just look for the Old Port Clock Tower, which is located in the eastern tip of the Old Port — you can’t miss it. Built in 1922 as a memorial to World War I sailors who perished at sea, visitors are invited to climb all 192 steps to the top for great views of the city and the St. Lawrence River. It’s open daily through Labor Day. Admission is by donation.

The Hangar 16 converted warehouse space bumps it up an artistic, archaeological notch with “Tutankhamen’s Treasures,” an exhibition that showcases exact scientific replicas of more than 400 objects of ancient Egypt including the likes of a pharaoh’s funerary chamber, mummy and an ornate golden throne. Admission costs $17 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.

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