VIEW-3212.1 | View of the harbour from the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, Montreal, QC, about 1900

 
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View of the harbour from the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, Montreal, QC, about 1900
Wm. Notman & Son
About 1900, 19th century or 20th century
Silver salts on paper - Albumen process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
VIEW-3212.1
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From the top of Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Church, visitors could admire the port of Montreal and observe the central role it occupied in the city and in Canada as a whole. Here, at the beginning of the 20th century, everything converged there.

Along the wharfs, steamships unloaded their cargoes and took on goods from across Canada. Montreal was at the hub of the transcontinental railways: the Grand Trunk and the Canadian Pacific built huge grain silos here to store the harvests, and the hopes, of the farmers of the West. And the train, which could penetrate the heart of the port, link Canada's primary port with all its hinterlands. The proximity of the port and the density of the rail network contributed to the industrial development of the Lachine Canal area, whose smokestacks and smoke dominated the horizon towards the west. Around Bonsecours Market, farmers and small vendors jostled for space to display their products and attract the attention of citizens looking for bargains.

Source: Urban Life through Two Lenses (Consult the See Also box on this page)