Market is acknowledged as one of Canada’s finest heritage
buildings. It is built of cut stone, with a three-storey pavilion
at each end and a domed lantern tower in the middle.
This Classical Revival building, dating back to
the 1840s, is a fine example of how a historic building can be restored
and redeveloped for modern use. It is located in the heart of the
city’s historic district, hosts cultural and commercial activities,
and attracts some 11 million visitors a year.
While it is now used for a variety of purposes
and has undergone many changes over the years, the Bonsecours Market
building was Montréal’s main public market for over
a century. It mirrored the country’s social and economic development,
and quickly became the leading showcase for Canadian manufactured
Today it continues in this role, as it is home
to the headquarters of Quebec’s arts and crafts council and
the Institute of Design Montréal, along with some 15 boutiques
carrying Quebec creations. Fine local fare also has pride of place
at the restaurants and cafés in the Market.
The 8th World Conference of Historical Cities
will be held upstairs, mainly in the ballroom.