By Caitlin Kelly
Our final morning in Montreal, I insisted we pay a quick visit to one of my old haunts, the enormous market down by the Lachine Canal that sells an astonishing array of produce, meat, cheese, flowers, chocolate, tea, coffee — you name it!
While Montreal has multiple markets, we chose this one and it was a perfect fall day, with people of all ages arriving with babies and dogs.
Because we were traveling and staying in hotels, I didn’t buy much food — a piece of cheese, some apples and bananas, home-made mustard, maple popcorn and some astounding chocolate. The friends we were heading to visit in Ontario are about start building a new home, so a set of chocolate tools (!), like a hammer and saw, seemed like a good house gift.
Of course, this being Quebec, many of the signs are in French, but everyone will speak some English, if not fluently.
Pies: Pumpkin, apple, blueberry, sugar, maple sugar
There are 100000 sorts of things made with maple syrup and Montreal bagels, which are completely different from the doughy ten-ton things New Yorkers love to boast about — these are lighter and chewy and boiled then baked.
Scary meringue ghosts for Halloween!
Canada’s legendary food — poutine — cheese curds and gravy
Three cheeses for $12.99
An apple-grower’s van
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You are a stone’s throw away from my home! Hope you enjoyed your stay in our beautiful (but heavily under construction) city!
Thanks! Now in rural Ontario with friends. WAYYYYY too much construction in YUL right now.
Absolutely loved your last couple of posts about Montreal – my hometown. So laid back, pretty (people AND places!), charming… I’ve now been living in Toronto longer than I lived in Montreal, and I do now love Toronto as well, but Montreal has a soft place in my heart and always will. My stress levels go down significantly when I visit there!! Thank you for bringing back memories; I love Atwater Market, too!
Thanks! I was just in an Indigo/Chapters and bought a fun guidebook to the city as it’s a straight 5.5 hour drive from our NY home.
Oh, i love macarons! I had some for the first time at a French boulangerie in Salem, and I just plotzed! And I found a place here in Columbus back at the beginning of the month that sells them (which, BTW, is the same place I’d take you for a meal if you ever came to visit Columbus).
You never fail to surprise me! 🙂
We have a macaron date…
Well, if I got predictable, I worry you would get bored with me. 😉
And I hope we have that date soon. ☺
Not sure it will be soon — but who knows? It would be fun.
Indeed it will be.
what an amazing market – i love the little ghosts )
Aren’t they fun? 🙂
We’re so blessed to be able to eat freshly-picked apples, locally grown organic veggies, maple syrup, and St. Viateur bagels here in Montreal!! But then there are all the orange cones…groan 😦
But the construction is crazy.
I love markets and I love Montreal. Continue to enjoy your trip. It’s such a good time of year. 🙂
Next blog post is from Mont Tremblant — and we’re now in Ontario and heading home in a day.
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I would love to visit Montreal — I’ve been enjoying your posts about it and it sounds like a great city! I especially like maple syrup, so I’d definitely sample some of that on a visit. 🙂
I hope to travel more next year. It’s scary how fast this year has gone, and it’s been an expensive year for me so that doesn’t help the travel fund. Fingers crossed for a promotion at work soon and for some extra income from freelancing!
You’d enjoy it!