Stated as being one of Montreal's most unique and one of the more popular public spaces, Place Jacques Cartier is a public space which boasts Montreal culture especially during the summer months. Archaeologists have found that it has been a gathering place for many more years than Montreal has been in existence.
It is a perfect place to take a leisurely stroll, relax on a bench, listen to music, shop, stop for a bite to eat, people watch. In the warmer months of the year the square is alive with street performers and musicians as crowds gather for live entertainment.
There are also numerous shops and vendors for tourists to buy art pieces, souvenirs, clothing and other goods. This being said locals will tell you that the best shops are down the narrow roads just off the main square.
All around the square you can find coffee shops and restaurants and it is the perfect place to settle for a bit to eat. The restaurants have terraces outside which is typically the French setting. This allows you to enjoy your food as you take in the sights and sounds of Old Montreal. The setting is ideal to take in the first rays of the sun as it rises over Montreal in the summer months.
Place Jacques Cartier is a car free zone so expect to look for parking close by if you are coming by car, if you could come with public transport then that would be the better option.
The square is in Old Montreal and also by the old port, so you would want to set aside a day to explore the surroundings by foot. There is lots to see in this area, national sites such as the Saint Joseph's Oratory the biggest church in Canada is one of those sites which is a must see.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Place Jacques-CartierFee: No
Many tourist attractions are temporarily closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please verify any opening hours below with the attraction before visiting.
Entre Rue St-Paul et Notre-Dame
Montreal, QC H2Y 3B2
Phone: +1 514-874-1696
Jennifer K. Aug-31-2015
Place Jacques-Cartier in Old Montreal has its charm in different seasons. But of course it is the prettiest during springs and summers when all the flowers... Read More
Konstantina P. Aug-25-2017
At the heart of Old Montreal, in front of the infamous Hotel de Ville, sits Place Jacques Cartier as the doorway to this gorgeous area of our city. The... Read More
Jing X. Jun-03-2016
I'm not a language person (only knowing Bonjour and Merci) but I picked up 3 French words while walking the streets of Montreal and 1 while sitting shotgun... Read More
Accommodations near Place Jacques-Cartier:
|Metro Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Line 2 - Orange||Champ-de-Mars||4 Minutes|
How to get to Place Jacques-Cartier by Metro
By Metro: Take Metro Line 2 to Champ-de-Mars and make your way to the Saint Antione Street South Exit. Exit to your right (south) down Gosford Street to Notre-Dame Street E and turn right. You will see Place-Jacques-Cartier on you left just past Montreal City Hall.
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