After checking out of the Intercontinental Montreal, we picked up our rental car from the valet and I drove to Old Montreal section of town. After circling around to find parking, I finally found one across from Montreal City Hall on Rue Saint Antoine E. Parking here wasn’t cheap but it was convenient so I parked and paid the machine.We walked across Rue Saint Antoine through the Place Vauquelin to get to Place Jacques Cartier. We passed by lines of tour buses parked along Rue Saint Antoine that had let off their passengers and waiting for them to return. The buildings in Old Montreal and Place Jacques Cartier were similar to the style in Quebec City. More Old Europe than modern North America. Even the streets are cobblestone in this part of town. The three of us walked down to Quai Jacques Cartier before turning back and heading to the beautiful domed Bonsecours Market. Later on when we got back home, I read that Bonsecours Market building was once used as the legislative building of Canada which probably explains why the building looks like many of the State and Federal Capitol Buildings in the US. I was expecting something more like the St Lawerence Market in Toronto but when we stepped inside the Bonsecours Market, it felt instead like a suburban shopping mall. All of the businesses that we passed were selling non edible items such as clothing and souvenirs so nothing really exited us foodies.
Just as we were about to leave, I saw a maple syrup store so I went inside to look around since I’ve been wanting to buy some 100% real maple syrup while I was in Quebec. I ended up buying two bottles of maple syrup and some cookies and popcorns made with maple syrup. My mom decided that the small mini bottles of maple syrup being sold would make good gifts for her coworkers so she bought 10 bottles. I talked to the gentleman working the store as I was checking out and jokingly asked him if the bottles that I was buying were absolutely 100% maple syrup. He replied all of the maple syrups in the store come from his own trees on his farm and all of the syrup that he is selling in the store were produced at his own sugar shack and are 100% maple syrup. I’ll admit I was fascinated when I learned that he personally harvests the sap and boils it into maple syrup on his own farm.
With our supply of 100% maple syrup in hand, we headed back to our rental car. Before leaving Montreal for Ottawa, there was one more place that we had to visit. I punched up Fairmount Bagel in Google Maps and followed the turn by turn instructions to the famous Fairmount Bagel store so we could pick up some Montreal Style Bagels before leaving town.