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de la Commune St.
Montreal, Canada H2Y3B
Live Music Venue
Place Jacques-Cartier Description
Magicians who swallow razor blades after showing the audience how sharp they are, stuntmen who walk on knives and lie on a bed of nails, and balloon artists who can create an Elmo with a flick of the wrist are just some of the performers you'll find on Place Jacques-Cartier in the heart of Old Montreal. The air of festivity is contagious as you watch the shows, sample the maple chunk gelato, and perhaps even stop to have a cartoon or a portrait drawn of the family.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Some shows aren't appropriate for little kids. If foul jokes offend or the sound of a whip terrifies, walk away and go back later for a different show.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Kids over 12 will think they've died and gone to heaven. They'll want to linger and see and sample everything.
- Walk, don't drive. It's nearly impossible to find parking by the Place Jacques-Cartier.
- Go in the afternoon. Impromptu street shows are held daily from approximately 1 p.m.-9 p.m.
- Bring small bills. To tip the performers (a small token for such amazing acts).
- Consider a horse-drawn buggy ride. The tours are given by professional guides. They leave from the square.
Just the Facts
Hours: Street performers do their acts on summer afternoons, typically 1 p.m.-9 p.m.
Recommended Time: 2 - 4 hours