Montreal boardwalk Village au Pied-du-Courant is a unique space in the city peppered with spectacular and functional design, a grassroots project originally created by the Association du design urbain du Québec and Pépinière et Co. in 2014 as a summer experiment to reclaim public space and give it back to the people, a city lot left to dilapidate from neglect after years of container shipping and port activity.
This new boardwalk dubbed Village Au Pied-du-Courant proposed not only a fresh, new take on the land, showcasing remnants of its container shipping days with containers strategically positioned and repurposed throughout the promenade, but the boardwalk also featured special events and activities that attracted droves of locals loving the choice view, free entertainment and overall ambiance. Village au Pied du Courant is French for Village by the Foot of the Current, an apt moniker given its waterfront proximity to the St. Lawrence River.
End result? The public loved the Village's inaugural 2014 run, so much so that its creators brought Au Pied-du-Courant back every year since.
Events and Activities
Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays June through September, each day features a special theme. And as always, admission is FREE. Food and drink sold on location. Cash only.
A great spot for catching Montreal fireworks in the summer, Village Au Pied-du-Courant stays open later if necessary to accommodate on fireworks evenings. And the Village also opens on Wednesdays exclusively for the fireworks competition.
Bonus? The Village plays the pyrotechnical team's music soundtrack synced to the fireworks so you can have a comparable experience to which customers paying for prime seats at La Ronde are privy.
Cans and Can'ts
Visitors are welcome to bring their pets dogs along (leashed, always), as well as supply their own food and non-alcoholic beverages provided no glass containers are brought on location. Also, note alcoholic beverages brought in from outside the Village are strictly forbidden. Food, alcohol, drinks and assorted wares (especially on Sundays) are sold on location. Cash payment only.
Located at 2100 rue Notre-Dame Est, Montreal, Quebec H2K 4K3, Village au Pied-Du-Courant is a quick walk from Papineau Metro. There's no parking on site but street parking is available nearby.