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Marché Jean-Talon (Market) - Montreal
Marché Jean-Talon (Market)

Ahhhhh! The famous Jean-Talon Market! This is one of the spots where Montrealers love to go. Why? Because it is full of the bustle of life, there's plenty of fresh and mostly inexpensive food to choose as many farmers come here to sell their products as well as a wide variety of shops filled with all sorts of eatable treasures, butcher shops, fish shops, cheese factories, cofee shops, bakeries and pastries, shops with all sorts of spices, hand made ice cream like the one my great grandmother used to make for her children (you have to beleive my grand-maman for that one, and she is difficult to please... ;-)), many restaurants, a shop filled solely with books on food, another one with kitchenware, shops with only biological food, original Québec products, lots of flower shops where many Montrealers come to buy plants for their gardens, etc, etc...

I mean, this place is huge!!! And you'll love to spend a few hours here and witness the diversity that Montreal has to offer as much in the food as in the multicultural tapestry of the people. And I have to say that it is a lovelly place as well. Check out it's website, you'll find many info on all the different merchants and more.

A couple years ago it all got renovated so there's now an underground parking lot that makes it much easyer for everyone. Here's the address: 7070, Henri-Julien st., south of Jean-Talon st. , just East Of St-Laurent Street. Here's a small map. If you take the metro stop at Jean-Talon station exit at the main exit and ask anyone for direction, but for the heck of it the market is about 3 or 4 blocks West of the station.

Other Contact:

Phone: 514-937-7754

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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tiny Cabane-à-sucre or Sugar Shack - Montreal

tiny Cabane-à-sucre or Sugar Shack

A Bit of Nature and History At Cap-Saint-Jacques

This is a place where you can still find nature as it used to be on the island of Montreal, as it is part of Montreal's Network of Large Parks (Réseau des grands parcs). I first came here as a kid with my mom to cross country ski, a sport that has many adepts here in the province, as we can be in sink with nature and do an excellent amount of sport at the same time. With it's 288 hectares, there are many trail to be taken. There are also sleigh rides, snowshoeing and hiking to be done in winter along with visiting the biological farm and eating at it's restaurant (open in summer as well). In season(Spring) there is the Sugar Shack activity and in summer time, still more hiking, biking, swimming at it's beach of the Lac-des-Deux-Montagnes, kayaking, canoeing, picniking by the water, fishing, etc. You can rent most of what you need for these activities at the reception center. You'll find tons of info along with winter and summer time maps on their website. It really is a beautiful and quiet place out of the city while remaining in it. All you'll hear are the melodious sounds of nature.

Address: 20099, boul. Gouin Ouest, Pierrefonds. (In the North-West part of the island of Montreal) By public transport : Take metro to Côte-Vertu station, take the 64 bus to it's terminus and then the 68 bus also to its terminus (right at the reception center of the park). It takes about 1h00-1h30. Or if driving (much faster) take Highway 40 (westbound) to exit 49 and drive along chemin Ste-Marie and follow the blue signs to the entrance marked «Accueil». Here's a map of it's location on the island. 2djacques&city=Montreal&state=QC&zipcode=H9K&country=CA&geodiff=1

Other Contact: Fax: (514) 280-4205

Phone: (514) 280-6871


Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 23, 2007
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Along the Bicycle Paths

Something that is really enjoyable in visiting Montreal, is to use it's bicycle paths. With the years, it is being developed quit nicely. We have over 660 km or 400 mi of it within the city's region. It can go from dowtown (Old Montreal), all the way to the Olympic park / Biodome / Botanical Garden and beyond.
You can visit the Old port on it, and take it along the Canal de Lachine with it's banks which have been transformed into a linear park that meets up with the path that also started in the Old Port, and ride along the Lachine Rapids, throught a park that follows the river's edge practically all the way or go the extra mile first and watch a colourful sunset over the Saint-Louis Lake, you won't regret it!!! There are lights along that path in case it is a bit dark on your return.
And many other places on the island that you can go to.

-You can rent bicycles or Roller blades that you can also use on the paths, in the Old Montreal along the quays at Montreal On Wheels/Ca Roule Montreal store 27 East De La Commune TEL: (514) 866-0633

-Here is the most useful place if you want to travel with a bike either on the island of Montreal or around Quebec and Canada. "Maison des cyclistes": 1251, rue Rachel Est, Montreal (Plateau Mont-Royal) (514) 521-8356.

-Here is the Province of Quebec's top Cycling Magazine " Velo Quebec "'s English version.

Montreal's bicycle paths map

Province of Quebec's bicycle paths

Great site if you read French: Passion Velo


Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 16, 2006
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Entering The Garden Proper - Montreal

Entering The Garden Proper

The Chinese Lanterns At Botanical Garden Botanical garden/Insectarium Review

The Magic of Lanterns, at the Chinese Garden of the Montréal Botanical Garden ,
is an event that I always like to roam around in. As many other Montrealers, who also come here to admire the lanterns that are fabricated in silk, by the same artists in Shanghai, year after year, in a garden which is the result of bonds forged between the Parks Department of the City of Shanghai and the Montréal Botanical Garden. It took 50 Chinese craftsmen, in 1990-91, under the direction of Le Weizhong, a renowned architect and master landscaper and the director of the Shanghai Institute of Landscape Design and Architecture, of that time, to assemble this traditional garden inspired by the private gardens popular in the southern Yangzi River region during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). This year's theme was In the Kingdom of the Birds.

In a nutshell, it takes away some of the blues that the end of long warm days brings along. Being such a beautiful and peacefull place in the middle of the city. I suggest to come during week nights, since there are many people during the weekend.

It's an event that occures every autumn. This year, 2005, it was from September 9 to October 31. And they are then open from 9AM to 9PM.

Entrance fees

Other Contact: jardin_botanique@ville.montreal.

Phone: +1(514) 872-1400


Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 7, 2005
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