A former Amerindian site, Place Jacques-Cartier was the main gathering point of Old Montreal for centuries. In the early 19th century the Château Vaudreuil (former residence of the French Governors, which became a boys' college) burned down. The liquidators decided to use the land for public markets instead. Over the years, the site's restaurants and street entertainers have made it a hub for tourists.
Place Jacques-Cartier Montréal, Québec,