The Lachine Canal (Canal-de-Lachine), which cuts across the southwestern portion of the island of Montréal, was crucial to the development of the city as a major port by allowing ships to bypass the Lachine Rapids. The advent of rail transport and alternate routes to the St. Lawrence River, however, brought about the end of the canal's economic significance, and it was last used by commercial vessels in 1950. Today it has been reborn as a popular spot for pleasure crafts, with walking and bike paths along its banks. Just two blocks from the canal, the Atwater Market (Marché Atwater) is a popular place to stop for lunch, with outdoor dining in warm weather and a selection of products from local farms inside.
By John Newton, AFAR Ambassador
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711 Boulevard Saint-Joseph, Montréal, QC H2Y 2E7, Canada