Come celebrate Summer
in Old Montréal
Pointe-à-Callière has free outdoor activities for the entire family all summer long
Place Royale and Place D’Youville in Old Montréal will be buzzing with a variety of free activities presented by Pointe-à-Callière, all summer long. The Museum is featuring an outdoor exhibition on the site of the former Parliament of United Canada, Musical Middays every Thursday, and Family Sundays focused on gastronomy and archaeology.
Spotlight on French culinary traditions on Family Sundays
To celebrate the French national holiday, the Museum is inviting the public to The Great Bastille Day Table, a big outdoor picnic. From noon to 5 pm, everyone is welcome to bring along their own meal or to pick up a boxed lunch from the bistro’s kiosk on-site. French wine, cocktails, and pastis will also be available from the pop-up bar. Adding some French flair to the picnic: pétanque, two accordionists playing French music, and a chef’s hat and French cockade workshop for kids. Lastly, French citizens can take advantage of half-off admission fees to the Museum, upon presentation of a proof of citizenship.
Other free outdoor activities on Family Sundays
July 21 – Culinary origami workshop with Miss Cloudy
July 28 – Candy house making
August 11 – Salt art workshop and collective salt lace making
August 18 – Watercolour and culinary collage activity
Discover emerging Montréal musicians at lunchtime
Pointe-à-Callière is joining forces with POP Montréal to present performances by emerging Montréal musicians every Thursday at noon, from July 4 to August 29. From noon to 1 pm, people working in Old Montréal, along with families, tourists, and Montrealers of all stripes can attend these free shows while taking advantage of picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, and the pétanque pitch set up for the summer on Pointe-à-Callière’s Urban Space. Some of the artists appearing during the summer season include Dave Chose, Janette King, Beatrice Deer, and Meryem Saci. The full program is available online at https://pacmusee.qc.ca/en/calendar/event/musical-middays-at-pointe-a-calliere/
Montreal – Capital of the United Province of Canada, 1843-1849
From 1832 to 1843, the western sector of Place D’Youville was home to Montréal’s first covered market and, from 1844, the Parliament of the United Province of Canada, which burned down in 1849.
To showcase this historically and archaeologically significant site, Pointe-à-Callière is presenting a free outdoor exhibition, from July 1 to October 30, 2019, highlighting Canadian political figures who trod its soil. Learn more about Robert Baldwin, James Bruce, Sir George-Étienne Cartier, Sir Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine, Sir Allan Napier MacNab, Louis-Joseph Papineau, John Prince, Sir Étienne-Paschal Taché, and the advent of the country’s first “responsible” government.
18th Century Public Market
On August 24 and 25, Pointe-à-Callière is presenting the 26th edition of its 18th Century Public Market. An absolute must in Old Montréal, Pointe-à-Callière’s public market brings together craftspeople, merchants, musicians, and actors who recreate period scenes to the delight of visitors.
From August 1st to 31st, Pointe-à-Callière is taking part in Archaeology Month, offering a series of outdoor activities for the whole family.
Free outdoor activities
August 4 – The Great Peace of Montréal
August 11 – Get your hands dirty! Introduction to archaeological restoration workshop
August 18 – Explore Archéolab.québec
On Saturdays, August 3, 10, and 17, the Archaeo Mission activity is open to families visiting the Museum (activity included in the price of admission).
See Pointe-à-Callière’s summer and fall programming online or at www.pacmusee.qc.ca/en/calendrier
350 Place Royale, Montréal
Image: Geneviève Giguère
Located on the site where Montréal was founded, Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archaeology and History Complex is the largest history museum in Montréal. Rising above a number of national historic and archaeologic sites, the Museum’s mission is to raise awareness and foster an appreciation of the city’s history and to forge bonds with regional, national and international networks. Pointe-à-Callière is subsidized by the City of Montréal.