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 site's value and potential, formed a provisional committee 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 regional businesses and political organizations, and the energy and time provided by the local population, restorative work on the building began in 2003.
Despite the Café de L’Anse, the art gallery and the multipurpose room opening in 2006, the project was not profitable. The situation remained as such and in 2009, the project was called into question by various individuals and entities. The citizens of L'Anse-au-Griffon nonetheless wished to pursue, and as such the Board of Directors decided to push a development plan to further the building's potential.
The community was able to collect over 300 000$ through donations, fundraisers and investments. These funds allowed for the building's renovation to be completed, in 2014.
Today, the Centre culturel le Griffon's ground floor hosts the Café de L’Anse, a local artwork shop and a multipurpose room.
The first floor holds an exhibition room and a concert hall, both of which can also serve as reception rooms.
The concert hall offers an incredible view of the St. Lawrence Gulf.