Place Jacques-Cartier, Montreal

Place Jacques-Cartier, Montreal

Jacques Cartier Square (Place Jacques-Cartier) serves as the gateway to Montreal's Old Port. Nestled in the heart of Old Montreal, this lively square is framed by the waterfront and the iconic City Hall. Cobblestone-paved and brimming with life, the square offers a delightful ambiance with its outdoor terraces, charming bistros, and seasonal fruit stalls. It buzzes with the presence of skilled artisans, musicians, and an array of creative individuals. Painters, photographers, and jewelers can be found in abundance along the narrow, picturesque alleyways that branch off from Saint-Paul Street, which extends from the square.

In close proximity to Jacques Cartier Square, on Commune Street (Rue de la Commune), visitors can catch a glimpse of an original section of the fortified city wall within the basement restaurant of the Old Port Inn (Auberge du Vieux-Port). A notable landmark within the square, Nelson's Column, Montreal's oldest public monument, was erected in 1809. Although the original statue was removed in 1997 for preservation, it was replaced with a replica. The square itself underwent a renaming in 1847 to honor Jacques Cartier, the renowned explorer who claimed Canada for France in 1535.

During the spring and especially the summer season, when the vibrant blooms flourish and vehicles are restricted, Jardin Nelson offers a garden restaurant experience on Jacques Cartier Square. Additionally, other charming courtyard restaurants, adorned with ivy, provide patrons with a taste of classical Parisian-style "terraces" where they can savor a refreshing drink or dine al fresco. Indulging in a glass of sangria at an outdoor table, while observing the stylish locals and bustling tourists passing by, is an unmatched experience.

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Sight Name: Place Jacques-Cartier
Sight Location: Montreal, Canada (See walking tours in Montreal)
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