After the Lachine Canal closed to navigation in 1970 and industry dried up, the neighbourhood fell into decline. With the re-opening of the canal in 2002, however, gentrification began. Bicycle paths and lovely parks make it even more attractive to visitors now.
Pointe-Saint-Charles is a prime example of how Montreal’s history is inextricably tied to the waves of migrants seeking a new life in the New World, beginning with those intrepid French missionaries and continuing with a more diverse population. To get a better idea of how different groups have helped shape the city, you need only stroll up St. Laurent Boulevard.