Antiquing Along the Canal
Treasure hunters, you’re in luck! Montréal has one of Canada’s most exciting antique shop strips, just a couple blocks away from the picturesque Lachine Canal in the hip and happening neighbourhoods of Griffintown, Little Burgundy and Saint-Henri, collectively known as Les Quartiers du canal.
Known as the Antique District, this little corner of the city is full of charm, history and mysteries awaiting discovery. Push the door to one of the two-dozen antique shops along Notre-Dame Street West and beyond, and you’ll feel like you’ve cracked open a storybook. The area itself is one of the city’s most storied, with buildings running the gamut from 19th century apartment buildings and cafés to 21st century designer boutiques. And the finds within… well there’s no telling what you may unearth!
Clocks full of character, handcrafted dressers, glittering chandeliers, gilded candlesticks, delicate vases and rare tableware—that’s just some of the treasures up for grabs here. And Montréal’s pro antique dealers hunt down items from a range of design movements and styles for sale, including Arts and Crafts, Bauhaus, Scandinavian, Modern, Mid-Century, Rococo, Romantic, Retro, Kitsch, Industrial and more. One thing’s for sure: there’s something for everyone, and we bet you start picturing your newly decorated home as soon as you walk in.
Start your antiquing tour on Notre-Dame Street West around Guy Street and stroll westward toward Atwater Avenue, by following this handy map. That’s where the bulk of the stores is located, and it extends over to Atwater Avenue in Saint-Henri. And while you’re there, stop in for a bite and a stroll along the beautiful Lachine Canal.
Isa Tousignant, blogger
Isa Tousignant is an art and lifestyle writer based out of Montréal’s ecclectic Park Ex neighbourhood. She is Contributing Editor for Canadian Art magazine and freelances full-time for a wide variety of magazines and brands. She’s also a jewellery designer and passionate about animal costumes and their role in contemporary art.