Victoria Avenue, one of the main arteries of Cote-des-Neiges neighbourhood of Montreal, was called the New Main.
Indeed, like St-Laurent Boulevard (called Main for a very long time), Victoria Avenue leaded to more prestigious communities, Westmount to the South and Town of Mount Royal and Town of Saint-Laurent to the north.
This is where many people find a home when they arrive in Montreal, and many of them often move to newer apartments near Queen Mary or to duplexes in Snowdon.
The avenue is very picturesque. There are Indian and Jewish gift and jeweller stores here, butcher shops selling hallal (Moslem-approved) meat, Caribbean music stores, Asian, Greek and African groceries, Vietnamese and Arabian restaurants, Chinese and Moroccan tearooms, Kosher pizza parlours, Russian pastry shops, and so on.
At Van Horne shopping center (at the Plamondon Metro Station), customers babble in French, English, Yiddish, Russian, Arab, Chinese, Spanish and many other languages. Most of the buildings, located on Victoria Avenue, were constructed in the 1950ies. They are more spacious than they look, and their first tenants were post-war immigrants from Eastern Europe, followed by people from Africa, Latin America and, most recently, by immigrants from Asia.
Well, the latest major wave of immigration came from Eastern Europe again… some things never change…
Two Metro stations are located on Victoria Avenue: Cote-Sainte-Catherine station and Plamondon Station.
Plamondon Station, named after the 19th century Quebec artist Antoine Plamondon (some historians say, it’s named after the musician Rodolphe Plamondon), has two entrances. On of them at Barclay street and the other at Van Horne.
Victoria Avenue. Photo : © ProvinceQuebec