Lachine, which is known for its quality of life and a wealth of arts and recreational activities, has seduced many young families. With plenty of rental homes as well as new and converted buildings, everyone can live their dream without breaking the bank.
Lachine offers an exceptional living environment. The borough is recognized for its magnificent riverside parks, its heritage sites, its sports and cultural facilities as well as its quality educational institutions. Strong population growth is expected over the next few years. The Lachine-Est sector, a former industrial district undergoing transformation, could eventually accommodate some 4,800 families.
Located at the crossroads of highways and served by two stations, Lachine enjoys a strategic location. There is one of the most important industrial parks there.
Founded in 1667, Lachine is one of the first three parishes on the island of Montreal. Its location upstream from the Lachine Rapids made it a key location for the fur trade. The presence of indigenous peoples in the land dates back 2,000 years.
First called Saint-Sulpice, Lachine was originally a seigneury granted to René Robert Cavelier de La Salle. This one decided to embark on the discovery of the road to China. The expedition having been unsuccessful, Saint-Sulpice was nicknamed, with humor, "Lachine". This name became official in 1676 when the parish of Saints-Anges de Lachine was created.
Some key dates in Lachine's history:
1825: inauguration of the Lachine Canal
1826: opening of the Dawes brewery
1847: arrival of the railway, allowing the development of a cluster of companies considered to be the cradle of industrialization in Canada
1999: merger of the City of Saint-Pierre with the City of Lachine.
2002: Lachine becomes a borough of the City of Montreal
Vision for the future
The borough of Lachine is evolving by relying on its heritage, industrial and natural wealth. The development of the Lachine-Est sector serves as a catalyst to develop an exemplary neighborhood, in concert with the community. The Borough is focusing on the development of sustainable mobility, the creation of environments that improve the quality of life of all its citizens, greening, ecological management of water and waste. The growth of Lachine is done in the spirit of creating districts for all, combining social and functional diversity (shops, jobs, public services), while highlighting the existing heritage and encouraging architectural diversity.