Saint-Laurent Boulevard has a long and storied history stretching back to the 17th century. The street is fascinating, diverse and complex; it cannot be pigeonholed or consigned to a single era! The Main is a street in perpetual motion. It has evolved over time and successive waves of immigration. Its architecture reflecting every style, its denizens representing every culture and its commercial mix are all expressions of its history.
In 1996, the Government of Canada officially recognized the importance of Saint-Laurent Boulevard as a major hub of immigration to the country and designated it a National Historic District. Saint-Laurent Boulevard is the first commercial thoroughfare in Quebec to be so honored.
In October 2003, following an initiative of the Société de développement du boulevard Saint-Laurent, an association bearing the name Friends of Saint-Laurent Boulevard was founded to unite the various interests on the Main. At the present time, it is the only group that represents the various cultural communities, shopkeepers, artists and sectors located along the 6 kilometer-stretch of the National Historic Site.
The “Main”, Forever in Tune
On April 7, The Société de développement du boulevard Saint-Laurent and The Friends of Saint-Laurent boulevard launched its new project The “Main”, forever in tune. The project involves the installation of nineteen interpretation panels along the street to highlight the Main’s multidimensional history.
This series of panels will allow visitors and people who live or work on the Main to discover the diverse people, uses and buildings associated with many of the sites of heritage interest on Saint-Laurent.
Click here to discover the panels . We hope you enjoy discovering the Main in this way !