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Event Series Event Series: Pointe-a-Calliere Public Market

Pointe-a-Calliere 18th Century Public Market

August 27 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm


It’s a day of celebration at the market! Pointe-à-Callière’s not-to-be-missed event—which recreates the ambience of Montréal’s public market during the French Regime—is celebrating its 30th anniversary… with even more dancing and music than usual!

A whole cast of lively, authentic characters will be on hand, making for an unforgettable day that will whisk you back to the era of New France! It’s an experience you won’t want to miss!

Explore trades of the past

Wool spinner, lace maker, calligrapher, lute maker, potter, pit sawyer, bookbinder, dyer, weaver, cooper, carter, and woodturner—come meet the craftspeople you would have seen at a public market in the 18th century.

Indigenous traditions and age-old know-how

At Montréal’s very first marketplace, Indigenous and French people would meet to buy and sell products or share the latest news. Learn about the know-how of Anishinaabe, Abenaki, Mi’kmaq, Naskapi, and Kanyen’kehà:ka artisans who continue to pass down ancient living traditions from one generation to the next. See demonstrations of leather tanning, cooking, ancestral hunting techniques, and basketwork, as well as the making of moccasins, cradleboards, and dreamcatchers.

Games and workshops on navigation, for young and old

In the days of New France, navigation was of paramount importance for the transportation of goods and voyageurs to the market, either across the Atlantic or along the St. Lawrence. Take part in a rally on the theme of navigation taking place throughout the Market, learn how to make sailors’ knots from some privateers, or defend your position in a giant naval battle game!


Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.



August 27
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Pointe-à-Callière, Cité d’archéologie et d’histoire de Montréal
350 Place Royale
Montreal, QC H2Y 3Y5 Canada
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Age Group
All ages
Event Language(s)
English, French
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