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Little Maghreb (French: Petit Maghreb) is a Montreal neighbourhood in the borough of Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension. The neighbourhood is centered on fifteen blocks of Jean Talon Street stretching from Saint Michel Boulevard in the West to Pie-IX Boulevard in the East.[1] North African merchants in the area have joined together to create a Little Maghreb identity for the neighbourhood, in the same way as Chinatown had become a symbol for Chinese Montrealers, and Little Italy had become the focal point of the city's Italian community.[2] This neighbourhood is the first of its kind in North America.[3]

Originally a part of the nondescript Saint-Michel neighbourhood, the late 1990s marked the beginning of the neighbourhood's North African flavour. This was a product of the opening of the Dar Al-Arkam Mosque on the corner of Jean-Talon and 17th Avenue and the arrival of thousands of immigrants from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.[4]

Little Maghreb is served by the Saint-Michel Metro station on the Blue Line.


  1. ^ DeWolf, Christopher (2008-01-10). "Welcome to Little Maghreb". Spacing Montreal. Retrieved 2009-06-08.  
  2. ^ Saint-Pierre, Brigitte (2007-08-28). "Macadam - Le Petit Maghreb" (in French). Société. Le Devoir. Retrieved 2009-06-08.  
  3. ^ Pelletier-Legros, Marie-Luce (2007-04-02). "Premier pas vers un grand rêve" (in French). Journal de St-Michel (Transcontinental). Retrieved 2009-06-08.  
  4. ^ "A slice of North Africa". The Gazette (Montreal). 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2009-06-08.  



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