Sustainable Development | Public Market of the 18th Century

An eco-friendly event

For several years now, Pointe-à-Callière has been working to minimize the environmental impact of its must-attend Public Market of the 18th Century with the introduction of sustainable development initiatives. Through its awareness actions, the Museum is also attempting to have a positive influence on the public, exhibitors, artists, craftspeople, partners, and volunteers who take part in the event.

Explore several of our actions below and learn how you too can help make Pointe-à-Callière’s Public Market an example of environmental responsibility!

Through a partnership with


Yesterday to tomorrow, building bridges between generations

The Public Market has always—over the course of a weekend—aimed to build bridges between the past and the present by providing a space for the sharing and transference of traditional know-how and sometimes age-old ancestral practices. It is in this spirit of intergenerational transference and preservation that—every summer—thousands of people are invited to take an incredible journey through time, while taking steps for future generations.

In 2022, when the Market welcomed 78,000 people, 93% of the materials produced during the event were diverted from landfill. Can we meet the challenge of doing even better in 2023?

A few of our actions!

In 2018, Pointe-à-Callière’s flagship summer event made a green shift.
For each edition, the team has:

  • Pursued a “zero paper” policy.

  • Set up waste sorting stations (trash/recycling/composting) to help visitors sort their residual materials in an effective manner.

  • Provided public water fountains on the site and behind the scenes.

  • Used sustainable, reusable, and compostable décor to limit our ecological footprint.

  • Donated unsold edible products to Accueil Bonneau.

  • Deployed a “green team” to provide guidance, advice, and raise awareness among visitors and exhibitors.

  • Focused on the showcasing and sales of local, artisanal, and sustainable products… as was the case at the market in the 18th century!

Always striving to do better, we have continued to incorporate new practices. Starting in 2023, a few new initiatives will be added to those mentioned above, such as:

  • The banning of single-use plastic items and the introduction of returnable eco-cups to limit the amount of trash on the site.

  • The donation of residual materials to Les Affûtés.

  • The production of a “eco-friendly guide” for exhibitors, partners, and volunteers.

  • The calculation and review of GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions produced by all our teams and visitors. For the first year, 100% of the emissions generated by our teams and suppliers will be offset through the purchase of “carbon credits” in support of Carbone boréal’s research and planting project.

It’s your turn to act!

Are you planning to attend the Public Market? Through a partnership with RECYC-QUÉBEC, the Museum is encouraging you to take a few simple steps to help our efforts to reduce waste and GHGs (greenhouse gases).

  • Use active transportation or public transit to get here.

  • Bring your water bottle! There are water fountains for you to use on-site.

  • Sort your waste at RECYC-QUÉBEC sorting stations: recyclable, compostable, and disposable material, as well as eco-cups. Not sure what goes where? Ask a member of our on-site “green team.”

Do you have any good ideas that would help make our event even more eco-friendly? Write to us at [email protected]

Public Market of the 18th Century

Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27, 2023
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