Press release


Saturday, September 2, 2017 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Photo: Pierre Guzzo

You are invited to Maison Saint-Gabriel’s agricultural market where you, like the inhabitants of the area until the 1960s, can purchase garden-grown vegetables, eggs from the chicken coop, and delicious preserves made from the farmhouse sisters’ recipe.

For the 375th anniversary of the foundation of Montreal, the museum is organizing an historical re-enactment of this 300 year-old tradition as it was lived by the Congrégation de Notre-Dame sisters. The sisters cultivated the land in order to ensure their self-sufficiency which, in turn, enabled them to continue their mission to provide education to the children of the colony.

This must-see event will take place on the original site of Montreal’s first large model farm which includes its vegetable garden, bee hives, flower beds and new chicken coop. You will also have the opportunity to see craftpersons practicing ancient trades and sharing their valuable skills. Come and see them work and talk to them about the methods that were used before the industrial era. Friendly and inspiring, they capture the interest of both the young and young at heart. How can one not be intrigued by the broom and snowshoe makers, the weaver handling an impressive weaving loom, and the basket weaver presenting one of her many projects in progress?

In addition to the farmhouse market and its demonstrations of ancient trades, you also have access to the guided tour, From the Cellar to the Attic, a visit of the gardens inspired by New France and the temporary exhibition, 375 Years in the Heart of the Action, which presents contributions made by Montreal’s women religious communities. You may also wish to walk through the new Indigenous Garden which pays tribute to Native women and follow the circuit, The Farmhouse of the Pointe for which a mobile application has been developed in order to enhance your experience.

Admission for all the activities:
Families (2 adults and 3 children) – $30.00
Adults – $20.00
(taxes included)