Montréal’s former Lachine Canal now a real gem


Originally uploaded by Kenn Chaplin

One of the areas of Montréal which, until this most recent trip, I had not explored is the ever-evolving lands adjacent to the former Lachine Canal. The closest I have come to it regularly is as a passenger aboard any VIA Rail train coming in to the city from the west.

After visiting Old Montréal on Tuesday I continued west along Rue de la Commune and followed the pedestrian and bicycle path to the Marché Atwater Market.

Former grain elevators are being redeveloped, or waiting to be redeveloped as the case may be, while other old factories have been turned into condo lofts and office or retail space.

On Thursday I returned to the area with a Facebook friend, and former neighbour from my childhood, as we had dinner at the very lively Magnan’s just south of the Atwater Market on Rue St-Patrick along the canal.

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