Did you know Montreal was on its way to becoming a North American Venice?

However, as Montreal grew to a population of nearly 20,000, residential areas became increasingly dense. Small tightly situated houses were often home to large extended families. With public services still quite limited, garbage piled high in the streets. The city’s open waterways eventually became receptacles for the accumulating waste and refuse of local residents and industry. These open air sewers emitted noxious odors and finally disease.