Le Centre culturel Le Griffona welcoming gathering place to discover!
The cold storage warehouse at L’Anse-au-Griffon was built in 1942. It was used to process, preserve and store the catch of the members of the Fishing Cooperative of L’Anse-au-Griffon, until it went to market. Previously, the fish had to be salted and dried in order to preserve it, but with the arrival of cold storage, it could be frozen while still fresh. The depot also stored the necessary fishing baits and offered the community the possibility of meat storage from the neighbouring farms.
The cold storage warehouse at L’Anse-au-Griffon was abandoned in the early 1990s and left deserted until 1999. In September of that year, some citizens of the village, who were concerned about the value and potential of the site, formed a provisional committee together with the Fishing Association of the village to prevent the demolition of the building. In 2001, the provisional committee became what it is today, L’Anse-au-Griffon Depot Committee, also called the Centre culturel le Griffon.
Thanks to the generous financial support of the local credit union as well as of various business and political organizations in the region, plus the time and energy provided by the population, in 2003 the Committee began restoration work on the building.
The Café de L’Anse opened in 2006, together with an art gallery and a multipurpose room.
In 2009, as yet lacking profitability, the value of pursuing the project was called into question. The citizens of L’Anse-au-Griffon refused to give up and the Board of directors decided to risk taking on the necessary loan to complete the renovation of the building.
Today, the Centre culturel le Griffon ground floor offers the Café de L’Anse, a local artwork shop and a multipurpose room.
The first floor contains an exhibition room and a multipurpose theatre, both of which can also serve as reception rooms.
The theatre room offers an incredible view of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.