Below are notes on the fascinating forgotten places in
the Montreal area. Words and Photographs are by my talented and
1. Downtown, Montreal Skyline
---Dow Brewery...this is the sickest and biggest
abandoned building in Montreal. Abandoned since the middle of the 90's...
the beer label went bankrupt so they closed the brewery. Big, rotten and
tall and 8 floors high located 5 minutes from downtown, you can't miss
it unless you're blind. But even blind you would smell the rotten malt
floating is the air. I've been inside 3 times, and I even didn't
explore half of the building. It's an incredibly large building and you
really have to be careful to not get lost. Once inside, you can find lots
of interesting things, like old 80's computers, malt tanks, desks, gloves,
boots, lockers, control panels and even a board with beer ingredients!!
The first time I went there, we were only 2 people and we were shooting
in the second floor... then we heard a footstep noises and weird metal
"click" noises down there... After a few minutes the noises
faded out. We were pretty much scrared and left, not inspired anymore!!
A few days later, I was talking with some Montreal urban explorers and
they said that there is a a freak wearing a blue jacket living there,
named Richard. He knows all the basement tunnels and the rooms of the
place... If you explore the brewery long enough, theirs a good chance
that you'll meet him!! They said he's a cool dude, not dangerous at all,
just strange and weird... The brewery will be heavily modified/renovated
in 2004-2005. Too bad, that place was a treasure for urban exploration
and hardcore decay...
---Jenkins Valves...the worst place in Montreal. Post-apocalyptic industrial style, the place is old, dirty, contaminated, trashed and dangerous. Located in a lost part of the west industrial area, the grounds are heavily contaminated and each time I went there, I had a headache after my photo session!! It's still a beautiful place to explore. Tons of old materials, and abandoned cars in the middle of the factory. They were making valves for all kind of purposes, like locomotives and vehicles, domestic pipes, etc. The factory was also the major supplier for the US during World War 2, making valves for the submarines. Now the place is totaly deserted since the end of 80's. Many, many buildings and rooms to explore, from the administration buildings to the heart of the factory... They are actually demolishing the factory, and the city is supposed to build condos and lofts, once the grounds are decontaminated...
---Turcot Yards... The Turcot Yards is the biggest
and largest vacant area in north america!!! With 6 buildings and a control
tower, it takes a minimum 40 minutes to walk from the east to the west
of the yard. A former railyard with warehouses and administration buildings,
they stored the merchandise before sending it to the Montreal port for
further international transportations. The railways are still visible
in the middle of the yard. Lots of stuff can still be found, like desks,
phones, papers, etc. Located under the futuristic highways, the yard is
a great and interesting place with tons of rooms, buildings & space
to explore. The Turcot Yards was heavily guarded by security a few months
ago, but currently it's all open and easy to access. I even had an encounter
with cops there 2 times... The first time, the cop told me it was a restristed
area, and asked me to leave, otherwise I would get a $150 ticket, so I
left after only 15-20 minutes of exploration... Then a few days later
I decided to go back. AH, after only a few minutes, I got caught again...
by the same cop!!! After talking with him and being nice, he saw I wasn't
there to make troubles so he decided to let me go and explore! The city
of Montreal is planning demolish it in 2005 to build a large hospital