La Banquise, originally a small ice-cream shop, first opened its doors in May 1968. The following fall, its founder and local fireman Pierre Barsalou, decided to transform the enterprise into a 24-hour snack bar. At the time La Banquise specialized in amazing good hot-dogs and legendary fries.
Poutine first appeared on the menu at the start of the 1980's. Originally, Classic and Italian were the only two varieties offered. In response to repeated requests and very satisfied customers, the restaurant’s poutine choices quickly multiplied. Today, we offer no less than 30 different types of poutine.
To this day, La Banquise remains a family business. Mr. Barsalou’s youngest daughter Annie took over in the 90s along with her partner Marc Latendresse. Together, they carry on the tradition of quality and maintain the excellent reputation of La Banquise.
In the summer of 2006, La Banquise underwent major renovations and a much larger dining area was created. Forty years on, La Banquise represents much more than a simple snack bar or poutine joint. It is also a warm and friendly venue where customers can enjoy an extensive choice of microbrewery beers, daily menu and outstanding breakfasts.
Cheers to you, our loyal customers, the night owls, the groups of friends, the workers, students, families and more. You have contributed to shaping and enriching the success story that is known as La Banquise today. Many, many thanks.
Annie & Marc, owners.
At La Banquise, we also have microbrewery beers, a beautiful terrace, and tasty breakfasts. Come taste the difference day or night, we are open 24/7 !