Place Jacques-Cartier, Montreal

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Find somewhere to dine al fresco and see a little of Montreal's history at Place Jacques-Cartier. A characterful entrance to the Old Port, the square is named after the explorer who originally claimed Canada for France in 1535. Parisian style restaurants line the square and local artists stalls and food kiosks often populate the center. Head to the upper end to see Nelson's Column, the oldest monument in the city and the second oldest Nelson's Column in the world. Plan your visit to Place Jacques-Cartier and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Montreal travel itinerary planner.
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  • October 4, 2017
    This is going down to the old port from the Town Hall is in the heart of old Montreal, Jacques-Cartier Square. Lined with trendy cafes and restaurants on both sides of the square, square, down is lined with stalls draw caricatures. Statue overlooking the square town held by France-France speaking person is what broke the Napoleonic Navy at the battle of Trafalgar, British Admiral Lord Nelson. Will feel the grief of the France colonial city was occupied by the British.
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  • October 3, 2017
    fun place with many shopping, restaurants, cafes, street entertainers, musicians, through late nights of summer and fall during weekends  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Visit don't miss it is a place that can not forget the old city centre European architecture and on the side of the restaurants
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  • January 14, 2017
    Nice location. Old and legacy buildings can be found here. Many festivals take place here. Be aware in the winter this location is very cold maybe because it is near a river, if you want to go out during the cold you should wear hot cloth and protect your feet and head.
  • March 6, 2017
    Many restaurants and gift shops in the area. Great place to come grab a bite and people watch.
  • December 11, 2016
    Central in old Montreal. Terrific selections of restaurants. Great place to be outside and walking about.
  • January 12, 2017
    At the heart of old Montreal. Lots of people during summer. Great place to be at a terrasse.
  • June 22, 2016
    Vibrant place, great for people watching and taking photos of the old city. Start at Nelson's Column and then head down to the waterfront for more attractions.

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