Photo cred - KAR Photographie
With all of the new construction going up around Montreal, it's easy to forget about the city's rich history. But Montreal has a long legacy of fascinating buildings that have been abandoned for various reasons. Here are ten of the coolest ones to check out.
1. Silo No. 5
In the early 20th century, business was flourishing in the Port of Montreal. As a result, grain processors were built, like this one. Though this former grain elevator is no longer operational, it remains as a cool abandoned site to check out.
2. Brock Street Tunnel
This tunnel was built in the 19th century and was functional until being closed in the 1970s. Though trains no longer pass through it, plenty of urban explorers still do, and you should too.
3. CN Wellington Control Building
This tower was built in 1930 to control railroads, but it hasn't served any practical purposes since 2000, when it shut down. It's since become popular with graffiti artists.
There have been plans in place to renovate this building into office space for years, but they've never quite come together. As a result, we're left with another awesome spot for urbex.
5. Blue Bonnets Raceway
Founded as the Blue Bonnets Raceway in 1907, this spot once held 12,000 spectators for horse races. Over time, horse racing declined in popularity, and in 2009 it was abandoned altogether.
6. Jenkins Brothers Steel Co.
This former steel factory is only four floors high, but it's wide enough to have tons of room for awesome exploration.
7. CN Fruit Warehouse
A former shipping docks warehouse, this place was built to keep fruit delivery fresh until it was ready to sell to wholesalers. It did so from 1913 until 1998.
8. Dow Brewery
At its peak, 85% of all beer drunk in Quebec City came from this brewery. As a result, it had more than 1,000 employees! You wouldn't know it now though, because it's been abandoned since 1998, though part of it was converted into condos.
9. The Negro Community Centre/Charles H. Este Cultural Centre
This building was almost destroyed in a fire in April, but thankfully some of it still remains for you to check out. Though you wouldn't be able to tell now, it was once a bustling community centre that was visited by Nelson Mandela!
10. Restaurant Chez Clo
Chez Clo started as a convenience store in the late 80s, but it eventually became a neighbourhood institution. Starting in 1992, they would give out free meals to the homeless on Christmas Day every year. Sadly, it was abandoned after the fire in June 2011, but the building wasn't completely destroyed, leaving a great spot for urbex.
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