New Quebec City market builds on remnants of the past
Site of 19th-century Finlay Market will feature stands selling fresh fruit, vegetables and baked goods
A new market planned for the wharf in Quebec City's Old Port will allow cruise-ship passengers to disembark straight into the steps of 19th century merchants.
The market will serve as a satellite for Quebec City's new farmer's market, for which city officials unveiled new details this week.
The $20-million project will be built in a residential sector of the city, around six kilometres from its current location in the tourist neighbourhood of Old Quebec.
The downtown market will be set up from May to October in Old Quebec, near the very spot where tradesmen gathered in the early years of New France.
Around 1817, the city pushed the butchers and fishmongers down towards the St. Lawrence River into what became known as Finlay Market, now known as the Place de Paris.
That's where the new satellite market will be located.
Building new around the old
While 19th century peasants could stock up on fish and meat at Finlay Market, the new market will sell fresh fruit, vegetables and baked goods.
Architect Pierre Thibault said the structure will integrate an existing building on the grounds of Expo-Cité, a commercial lot used for exhibitions, beside the city's new arena.
"The new structure is in wood, the old one is brick and metal," he said. "We tried to create a good combination."
Controversy over move
The change in location has drawn criticism from residents and business owners in the city's Old Port since the project was first announced.
Line Binet sells vegetables from her farm at the "Marché du Vieux-Port."
Even with its modern design, she doubts her customers will make the 45-minute walk to find her in Limoilou.
Other business owners, like Francine Jobidon, are more optimistic.
"It's very pretty. It's encouraging for us to go over there, but we hope we'll have a stall at the satellite market."
The city says it expects construction to be done by late 2018, and says both markets should open by spring of 2019 at the latest.
With files from Radio-Canada