A guide to antiquing in Canada

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Montreal has almost as many good areas as Toronto and here you may find a few of the great Quebec pieces of furniture and silver that are so hard to get now. Here are just three of the best areas:

  • Notre-Dame West: Simply one of the best areas of fine antiques stores in Canada; here you can find a mix of furniture, architectural antiques, marble pieces and so much more. Just a few examples are Ambiance Antiquités, found at 1874 Notre Dame West, with 18th- and 19th-century Quebec furniture. Two others are Antiquités Michelle Parent at 1650 Notre Dame West and Milord Antiques at 1870 Notre Dame West, with European furniture. This area is well worth a long day of browsing, learning and, with luck, some shopping.
  • Downtown, near McGill: Antiquités Phyllis Friedman Inc., one of the city’s best dealers, is at 1476 Sherbrooke St. W., with fine British and European furniture from the 17th to the 19th centuries, as well as a good selection of silver, lamps and decorative objects. And a long-time personal favourite of mine, David S. Brown Antiquaire, is at Suite 203, 995 Wellington, with fine English furniture, porcelain and silver. David Brown, like the late John Russell, is known as one of the real gentlemen in the business and a very nice person.
  • Westmount, from Green Avenue to DÉcarie: Rowntree Antiques at 780 Atwater, has an exhaustive picture inventory of very nice European country furniture, and good lamps and decorative objects. Henrietta Antony Inc., at 4192 Ste Catherine W., is a legendary dealer with wonderful furniture and other objects. And Ruth Stalker Antiques, at 4447 Ste Catherine W., sells fine Canadian furniture, decoys and decorative objects.

Quebec City

Quebec City has long been a legendary source of the best antiques in Canada, but even if you have the money, good pieces are increasingly hard to find. One good place to start would probably be the Rue Saint-Paul in the Old Port area: This restored community of 18th-century houses is one of the liveliest in the province, and one of the most famous antiques rows in the country. Louis Bolduc’s Boutique aux Mémoires Antiquités at 105 Rue St. Paul and Gérard Bourguet Antiquaire Inc. at 97 Rue St. Paul are two of the excellent stores here.