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July 1st, 2019 — October 30th, 2019

Montréal... Capital of United Canada 1843-1849 - Politicians at Work

Parliament House, Montreal. Source : Bibliothèque et Archives Canada/Augustus Kollner fonds/C-013425

July 1st to October 30, 2019
Free outdoor exhibition, self-guided
Place D’Youville (near McGill Street)

Pointe-à-Callière is going beyond its walls to bring you an activity that takes you to a site of national importance: the St. Ann’s Market and Parliament of the United Province of Canada historical and archaeological site.

From 1832 to 1843, on the portion of what is currently Place D’Youville West located between McGill and Saint-Pierre streets, there stood a two-story stone building over 100 metres long that housed St. Ann’s Market—the first covered market in Montréal. In 1844, the magnificent neoclassical building was renovated to welcome the Parliament of the United Province of Canada, which sat there until it burned down in 1849.

In order to showcase this historically and archaeologically significant site, a model of the former building has been erected on Place D’Youville West. Built on a scale of ¼ the actual size of the parliament building, the installation highlights various Canadian political figures that trod the soil on the site: Robert Baldwin; James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin; Sir George-Étienne Cartier; Sir Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine; Sir Allan Napier MacNab; Louis-Joseph Papineau; John Prince; and Sir Étienne-Paschal Taché.

Markings on the ground at the site also trace the path of the first stone collector sewer in North America, an incredible feat of civil engineering built in 1832, in the era of St. Ann’s Market.

Visit the Politicians at Work exhibition, presented until October 30, 2019 and learn about the respective roles that the main men of influence played in the advancement of Canadian democracy—doing so on a unique site that had an impact on the lives of Montrealers and Canadians in the 19th century.

Photo: Romain Guilbault
Photo: Romain Guilbault
Photo: Romain Guilbault