Place Jacques-Cartier is a popular square located in Old Montreal and named after a famous explorer. Built in 1804, and reinstated in 1998, it was previously a public market for years. It’s now one of Old Montreal’s liveliest get together spots and a place where you can walk around, relax, have fun and enjoy the surroundings, cafes and different vendors.
Easily accessible from downtown, It’s a scenic and charming part of Old Montreal. There are several benches in the plaza and Montreal’s oldest public monument, Nelson’s Column dominates the square.
As I strolled around Place Jacques-Cartier, I saw tourists taking photos and outdoor sidewalk cafe’s lined up along the sides of the plaza with guests dining and sipping on wine. Many people were shopping at the different plaza vendors while others simply sat on benches enjoying the pleasant weather. The pretty and colorful flowers and plants added a special natural touch to the outdoor ambiance.
After all the walking and shopping I did, I was able to find a vacant bench to take a break. My legs were aching and I knew that I still had a lot more to explore in Old Montreal. It was refreshing to find this vibrant and charming square and enjoy the beautiful weather and really take in the old city.
With lots of outdoor entertainment space, artists and local musicians flock to the plaza to host and entertain the tourists and locals. In the summer, it’s a car free zone and during the Christmas season, the streets on either side are lined with lighted trees.
The wide square actually slops steeply downhill from Montreal’s City Hall and rue Notre-Dame to the waterfront and rue de la Commune making it a nice stroll through the plaza.
When in Old Montreal, no matter what time of year, make sure to visit Place Jacques – Cartier!
Happy Travels ~ Ruthie
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