A Francophone neighbourhood marked by workers’ struggles since the industrial age
Located at the outlet from what was once Otter Lake (Lac aux loutres), Saint-Henri is bordered to the south by the Lachine Canal, to the west and north by the Ville-Marie Expressway and Highway 15, and to the east by Atwater Avenue.
It is one of Montreal's most architecturally and demographically diverse neighbourhoods. Factories from the industrial era have found a new lease on life as upscale condos. Alleyways with their gardens and carriage entrances leading to hidden backyards reveal the historically working class character of the area. The recreational and tourism role played by the Lachine Canal also attracts many visitors seeking to enjoy its quasi-rustic atmosphere.
Originally a village of tanners that grew into an industrial district, Saint-Henri is typical of the neighbourhoods of the south-west. A prime witness to Montreal's industrial period, it is also a symbol of creativity, adaptability, and working-class mobilization.