The Lachine Canal was initially built hundreds of years ago to bypass the dangerous rapids that prevented ships from sailing further upstream. Nowadays, the canal is mainly used for leisurely boating and remains an iconic piece of Montreal’s history. Today we’re going to discuss how you can enjoy the Lachine Canal in Griffintown during the fall months.
Visit the Marché des Éclusiers
Spend the afternoon with the family and discover the Marché des Éclusiers. This sprawling “indoor-outdoor hybrid market” serves food, coffee, and a farmers market during the spring, summer, and autumn months. It’s a great way for locals to buy fresh produce, interact with local merchants, and hang out along the Lachine Canal.
If it’s your first time visiting the Marché, ask for a table and order a cappuccino made with Organic Volcanic coffee! This fair trade company sources their organic coffee from Guatemala, and the beans are roasted in Warwick, Quebec, near Victoriaville. This means all espresso-based beverages have a rich flavour and make the entire trip worthwhile.
But if you’re not a coffee connoisseur, don’t fret; there’s also an extensive food menu to suit all tastes. Our favourite dish is the beef tartar, which is made of high-quality steak and seasoned with the finest spices available. Not a fan of raw meat? Order the fried cauliflower, which is cooked in vadouvan yogurt and doused in Cajun spices. For more information on the Marché, check out their website!
Haunted Ghost Tour Walk in Griffintown
Halloween is just around the corner, and to celebrate the season we suggest exploring Griffintown’s mysterious past with Haunted Montreal. This excursion involves a walking tour through the neighbourhood that visits a graveyard, old factories, and haunted apartment buildings along the Lachine Canal.
Some guests have even witnessed the ghost of Mary Gallagher, who used to live in Griffintown during the 1870s until she mysteriously disappeared. This tour is suited for both families and young adults, and it highlights Montreal’s rich history particularly surrounding the 19th-century wave of Irish immigrants coming to Montreal during the potato famine. Tickets are still available for the upcoming season and cost $23 per person.
Even though summer’s over, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the great outdoors! Grab your favourite cozy sweater and a pumpkin spice latte and head to H20 Adventures on the canal to rent a kayak, canoe, or a paddleboat. The rental fees are reasonable, and it’s a great way to explore Montreal’s natural beauty.
The Lachine Canal is undoubtedly a Montreal landmark, and if you want to live closer to the action, check out the NOCA condo project. Situated in the heart of Griffintown, residents are close to both the canal and the downtown core. For more information call 514-700-4024 or visit NOCAcondos.com.
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