Continuing our tour of Montreal’s 1ière avenues, we find ourselves on Lachine’s tiny “1 Avenue” (as the street sign indicates) at the eastern-most end of the old city of Lachine (Ville St-Pierre now makes up the most eastern portion of the new borough of Lachine). This is the last set of photos from my daytrip around the south-west when I also visited Verdun and Lasalle.
Numbered streets are very important in Lachine as the entire borough (with the exception of Ville St-Pierre and the industrial portions) have numbered streets running vertically through it with every east-west street passing through one. The western border of Lachine is at 56e Avenue, the last numbered street before Dorval switches to named streets.
Lachine’s 1e ave is a tiny street at only 3 blocks in length and, quite frankly, doesn’t have much going for it. The residential portions have a mix of housing types typical to Lachine with small plexes, post-war apartment buildings, and a new condo building, all in various states of repair. Mixed with the residential buildings are empty lots, a gas station and a a couple light industrial properties. As can be said for a great deal of borough, it’s not the prettiest street in the Montreal but it’s filled with Lachine’s unique charm noted by Christopher DeWolf on his visit a year and a half ago.
The street begins at Victoria terminating at a chain link fence of what looks like a junkyard. The bike path is part of a route that takes you into Ville St-Pierre and eventually connects to the path along the Lachine Canal.
Looking north from Victoria:
More photos after the jump.
Yellow flags and a white and green trailer advertise the new condos being built across the street. A sign of the increasing gentrification of Lachine.
The street ends after an overpass at the 20 as it goes into the massive industrial section of Lachine.