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A walking tour of post-industrial Montreal’s Lachine Canal


Montreal, March 16, 2017 - As Montreal celebrates the 375th anniversary of its founding, journalists are invited to participate in an exploration of what remains of its once glorious industrial past. On Wednesday, March 22 at 10 a.m., Steven High, professor of history and co-founder of Concordia University’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, will lead a bilingual walking tour centered on a section of the Lachine Canal in the city’s Southwest borough.

Just over an hour in length, the walking tour will take in 19 sites of interest in St-Henri, Pointe-St-Charles and Little Burgundy. From archeological vestiges through the functioning Robin Hood flour mill to the condos in the former Redpath Sugar refinery, High’s guided tour will bring the city’s vibrant industrial past back to life through the stories of its residents and manufacturing landmarks.

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High has recorded the memories of people such as Luisa Longo, whose family owned the Blue Restaurant that once stood by the water near the Des Seigneurs bridge. She recalls, “There was no railing, no nothing, there wasn’t the security that there is today… and I almost fell in at one point ‘cause I was tiny, the wind was strong and my grandfather saved me.”

In 1996, The “Lachine Canal Manufacturing Complex” was designated by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada as historically significant. Steven High and fellow historians, have collaborated on research aimed at documenting the history of significant sites that bear witness to the transformations of neighborhoods at the center of revolutions in transportation, housing and industry from the late nineteen century through today.

Lachine Canal walking tour
Wednesday, March 22 at 10 a.m.
Where: Starts at footbridge to the Southeast of Atwater Market
(corner Atwater and St-Ambroise)

Download the tour’s audioguide HERE

RSVP: Marisa Lancione will be attending the tour and can be reached at 438-990-4536 or



Michael Watkins
Michael Watkins
Public Affairs
514-848-2424, ext. 4880

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