Pointe-à-Callière Events: 18th Century Market 2017

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Pointe-à-Callière Events: 18th Century Market

Montreal's 18th Century Market reenacts what it was like to live in the past.
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Pointe-à-Callière Museum Events: 18th Century Market

Out of all Pointe-à-Callière's annual events, my favorite of favorites is their 18th Century Market.

Usually it's held the last weekend of August but in 2017, the museum is changing things up a bit, holding it in the spring and rebranding it "Encounters in New France" in honor of the city of Montreal's 375th anniversary celebrations.

The market thus opens May 19, concluding May 22, 2017, proposing a slightly different and bigger setup that previous years. Free admission. Food extra. Click here for information on Pointe-à-Callière's location and other museum activities.

Encounters in New France 2017 Opening Hours

Friday, May 19: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 20: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 21: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday, May 22: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

What Is It Exactly?

It's a public market reenactment of what it was like to shop, dress and socialize with the Montreal community in 1750, though the 2017 edition might wink back as far as 1642 given the city's 375th anniversary celebrations. 

Usually how it goes down is Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal's museum of history and archeology, sets up stands with "authentic" 1750s produce for sale and hires actors to roam around Old Montreal, gesturing and talking 18th century style. Engage in a conversation with one to test their improv skills (I recommend the priest). Also, the event has hands-on games and kid-approved cookies as well as spirits, cider and cheese for a more mature palate.

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