Griffintown is historically an old working class neighbourhood which is now experiencing huge condo and highrise projects and gentrification. Many of the old factories of the late 19th and early 20th century are still standing. If you walk eastwards along William Street and Ottawa Street, you will encounter these.
We had started our walk from Griffintown-St Ann Park (corner of Mountain and Wellington Streets). The park is where the historic St.Ann's Church stood. Built in 1854 and destroyed in 1970. Its foundations can still be seen in this park.
We walked up to Ottawa Street and weaved in and out of Eleanor, Murray, William, Young, Shannon, Ann and Wellington Streets.
Heading east on Wellington towards Old Montreal, you will walk under a train overpass and come out on the new Robert Bourassa boulevard. The old streets of Nazareth and Duke are now renamed Robert Bourassa boulevard.
There is a new park right in the middle with a stunning view of downtown Montreal. If you continue east, you will run into Prince, Queen and King streets before Old Montreal begins.
Row homes (late 19th, early 20th centuries)
Mountain street (between Ottawa and Wellington)
Multi-family home on Eleanor Street
Looking south on Murray Street, from corner of William Street
Fire Station No.23 (built in 1913), 1139 Ottawa Street
Industrial building, corner of Ann and Ottawa streets
Industrial building turned into a night club
Ottawa and Ann streets
Looking south on Ann street
The old on the east side, the new on the west side
Looking east on Ottawa street, with the old Horse Palace stables on the right
Stunning view of downtown Montreal from the new park on Robert Bourassa Blvd.
This was previously the Bonaventure Expressway, demolished in 2017, for a picturesque entrance into the city
Old Darling Brothers factory on Ottawa, between Prince and Queen streets
Old history in foregound, with new condos in background
Development going up, showing original building being preserved
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