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Day 1 – Morning
BEST FOR FOODIE FAMILIES (Atwater Market, 138 Atwater Ave., 514-937-7754, www.marchespublics-mtl.com/English/Atwater)
Atwater Market is all-season farmers’ market located in the southwestern Montreal neighbourhood of Saint Henri, next to the beautiful Lachine Canal. There is a cycling path that runs along the water; so it is quite popular to bike to the market, pick up some lunch and head to the canal for a picnic. Located inside an art deco building, a variety of merchants sell everything from produce to meat, cheese and chocolate. The selection increases in the summer months when there are even more vendors with stalls outdoors. Be sure to check out Les douceurs du marché (a gourmet and ethnic grocery store that sells tantalizing herbs, curries and hot sauces) and Boulangerie Première Moisson (a to-die-for bakery).
What the guide books don’t tell you: The market often runs workshops on urban gardening, cooking and more. Check the website for details.
Best time to go: If you want to experience the hustle bustle, weekends are the busiest. To avoid the crowds, early in the morning or during the week is your best bet.
Day 1 – Evening
BEST THEATRE TREAT (Shakespeare in the Park, 460 Ste-Catherine Ouest, Suite 610, 514-931-2644, www.repercussiontheatre.com)
This summer, Shakespeare in the Park, put on by the award-winning, volunteer-run theatre company Repercussion Theatre, will be hosting its 25th anniversary. Each summer, they tour one of Shakespeare’s plays through Montreal’s public parks. The 2013 production is A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and 25 performances are scheduled between July 11 and August 4 (check website for dates and locations). Bring chairs, blankets and snacks, and settle in for a spectacular free, outdoor (and English-language!) performance under the stars. This isn’t just any theatre company: its actors have gone on to careers in Toronto and Los Angeles.
What the guide books don’t tell you: Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Non-perishable food items are also collected to support city food banks.
Best time to go: Arrive early to get a good spot on the lawn. This is a popular event! Over 10,000 people watch Montreal’s Shakespeare in the Park each season.