From a gritty blue-collar community to one of the city’s hippest neighbourhoods, Griffintown has risen from the ashes to become a playground for urban explorers, foodies, artists, outdoor enthusiasts and even families.
This up-and-coming neighbourhood buzzes with a mix of art galleries, design boutiques, high-rise condominiums, repurposed industrial spaces and foodie destinations without forgetting where it came from.
Officially founded in 1823, it took shape as a residential neighbourhood – once the stomping ground of predominantly Irish immigrants – surrounding the factories along the Lachine Canal. Fire and economic crisis razed the area, forcing the residents to leave. The remains of Griffintown’s industrial heritage live on today, with many original foundries and warehouses converted for residential or commercial use.
Popular with epicureans and the happy hour crowd, Griffintown boasts restaurants galore. Its antique and art district is renowned the world over, plus the Lachine Canal offers ample opportunity to pedal or stroll along a beautiful, heritage waterway.
Named after Mary Griffin, who illegally took hold of the land in 1799 and then mapped out the streets herself, the district has a unique edge that brings together old and new, resulting in a dynamic vibe that looks to the future.
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