"DORION on the Ottawa River"
The pictures was taken at the yatch basin at Pointe-des-Cascades and is looking towards Dorion up the Ottawa River where it meets Lake St. Louis.I lived in Dorion for a short time in 1945.I lived in Pointe -des-Cascades for several years in the late 60's. I often pass through here or eat and shop here when I visit my sister at Point-des-Cascades
The river can be navigated and is marked with buoys to Dorion from Lake St. Louis
"Sign For Theater"
Sign in Pointe-des-Cascades
Point-des-Cascades 2 -- SUMMER THEATER. ETC.
"Point-des-Cascades Theater and Marina"
30 minutes WEST of Montreal ( Highway 20 and turn left at Dorion) this "SUMMER THEATER" has for 17 years put on plays with known French Canadian artists every summer. You can also enjoy an excellent meal on the waterfront restaurant and drinks at the bar before the show. (See pictures that follow.)
Bus loads of people arrive and a cruise boat also .
There is a huge trailer park just behind the theater in which many campers spend the summer.There is also an olympic pool and the canal for fishing. There is a "SCUBA DIVING SCHOOL" whose students practice in the canal.
A 35 mile bike path also starts here.
"100 Year old "WEEPING WILLOW TREE""
"SCUBA DIVING SCHOOL"
Below the lock and Anchor Park
"Damaged Gate for lock"
Divers are diving just below here.
"Canal below lock"
The Lake St. Louis is at the far end of this canal and you can see it between the trees at the end of the picture
"LOCK behind the damaged Gate"
While we were there, after dark, a small deer jumped into the canal to swim and drink. The Firemen and some scuba divers who were practicing, had to rescue him as he could not climb out. This was the second one this year.
"UPPER GATE FOR LOCK"
The bridge is behind the gate.
"CANAL ABOVE THE LOCKS"
The bike path runs all along this cANAL.
"Sign in Village"
This picture is one of my latest and was taken on a visit to POINT-DES-CASCADES QUEBEC. This is the start of the Soulange Canal 22.5 km or 14 miles in length with 5 locks 85.4 m X 14 m or 200 ft. X 44 ft. ( now in disuse was used from 1899 to 1959). (It was replaced by The St. Lawrence Seaway or Voie Maritime Beauharnois) You can find all the pictures in the three travelogues of the many listed on the right.
This canal was opened in 1899 and was used by LAKER's or boats that navigated the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes until 1959.
There is now "A Summer Theater",Marina, Camp ground,swimming Pool.Scuba Diving School.Fishing in the canal, Picnic areas,Play Ground for children, and a 30 mile Walking and Bike Path along the canal and beyond to several other villages
"Group of bikers"
"A survey being taken"
In order to improve the facilities two girls ( working for the Federal Government on a summer job) were surveying all who passed on the path.
The path passes through several towns and the mileAGE TO EACH IS SHOWN. ( 30 MILES LONG)
"A PICNIC AREA"
Situated on the edge of the canal and the bike path
"PARK ST. PIERRE"
At the end of the bike path beside the canal and the bridge across the canal.
In this building, with a balcony, (Air Conditioned) they can sit 500 people and it is full for every show.
This building is over 100 years old and was used to store the lumber used to build the lock doors for the Soulange Canal.
Just before the bridge.
Near restaurant, Marina and the Theater,
"BOUTIQUE (GIFT SHOP)"
Simonne and my sister Claudette outside the gift shop waiting for time to enter the theater.
"EDDY and Simonne"
In front of the Theater.
"DECK OF THE RESTAURANT"
It is situated on the waters edge beside the Marina and in front of the Theater, on the banks of LAKE ST. LOUIS. (This is where the lake is formed where the Ottawa and St. lawrence River meet)
You can see down the lake for many miles. I use to ply these waters with my yatch.
THE ANCHOR PARK, Point-des-Cascades
"POINT des CASCADES Les VOYAGEURS"
Since taking this photo some delinquent children set fire to the monument and it no longer exists This big "TIMBER" came from one of the huge rafts used by the VOYAGEURS in the late 1700's to raft down the St. Lawrence River from the Great Lakes to Quebec City ( more of the history there). It with several others was raised from the River bottom at MELOCHVILLE by volunteer divers who also salvaged all the anchors and TILLERS, Propellers etc. From ships that sank in the Cascade Rapids or simply lost their anchors and managed to descend the rapids damaged. ( SHOWN IN THE FOLLOWING PICTURES). Some dated 1812.
The Soulange Canal was built to circumvent these Rapids and this Historical Park shows all the plans and paintings, pictures and drawings of the building of this canal in the SMALL Building in the next picture.
"HOUSE ONCE INHABITED BY A CANAL WORKER"
A street of houses like this one runs along the side of the canal. It was inhabited by a canal worker who worked all his work life on the canal as were the others. Today his Grandson ( my nephew) lives there and my sister as well.
There are several streets of new houses behind this one.
This is an old picture (1956). It shows a Laker in the canal where the Anchor Park is located today.
"RUSTY BUOY and ANCHOR"
Just recovered from the bottom of the river.
"The Theater of The Cascades"
30 minutes from Montreal this "SUMMER THEATER" has for 17 years put on plays with known French Canadian artists every summer. You can also enjoy an excellent meal on the waterfront restaurant and bars before the show. See pictures that follow.
Bus loads of people arrive and a cruise boat also .
There is a huge trailer park just behind the theater in which many campers spend the summer.There is also an olympic pool and the canal for fishing. There is a "SCUBA DIVING SCHOOL" who practice in the canal.
A 35 mile bike path also starts here.
SEE THE LAST TRAVELOGUE ON THE RIGHT FOR MORE ON THIS THEATER ETC.
FILLED WITH HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS ABOUT THE BUILDING OF THE SOULANGE CANAL AND IT'S HISTORY.
"Rare Buoy Anchor and Timber"
"Another Salvaged Anchor"
Steam ships in trouble would drop their anchor to try to save the ship when they hit rocks in the Rapids and lost their TILLER they often had to cut it loose and drift down the flow of water. Many sank and their story is recorded in the museum.
"Anchor and Tiller"
"MORE SALVAGED ANCHORS"
"SALVAGED TILLER FROM A 1812 STEAMSHIP"
MADE OF WOOD
"PLAQUE HISTORICAL SITE"
This plaque placed by the Canadian Government declares the site to be a "HISTORICAL SITE". They have finished the repair and have opened the "LACHINE Canal" at LACHINE QUEBEC which is part of the Soulange Canal, at a cost of millions of dollars. Pleasure craft can now circumvent the Lachine rapids and enter Lake St.Louis. This has created a housing boom along the canal shore line and property values have soared. Commercial buildings that were closed and abandoned for years are being renovated into CONDOS etc. Plans to reopen at Point-des=Cascades are on the drawing board for later years. The canal was replaced by the "SEAWAY CANAL" for ocean going ships and large pleasure craft years ago.
POINT-DES- CASCADES (1)
"RAPIDS AND SOULANGE CANAL"
DORION IS THE CLOSEST TOWN TO POINTE-DES-CASCADES. The OTTAWA RIVER and Lake St. LOUIS meet here.
The picture is of MY brother-in-law Marcel Lecavalier who loved to run the Rapids with this small boat at POINT-DES-Cascades. He did not know how to swim but had no fear. He ran the rapids standing up and hanging onto a rope tied to the front of the boat.Only he and an old Indian ( who showed him how and where to pass) dared to run the rapids. I rode with him on this run down into Lake St. Louis and what a scary ride it was. It was even worse coming back up. A picture taken from the boat of this wild ride follows. Today these beautiful rapids are gone. They built a dam to slow down the current for the ocean boats entering the Seaway locks at Beauharnois Quebec.
"RIDING THE RAPIDS"
Taken from that small boat as we road down through the rapids to Lake St. Louis on the St. Lawrence River. I was sure we were going to capsize. WE also had to go back up through these rapids which was even worse.We made it no problem. WOW!! THE THRILL OF A LIFE TIME.
Here Marcel is alone and standing up riding the rapids. We use to go fishing upstream through the rapids to the DAM at THE CEDARS ( LES CEDRES) QUEBEC in this small boat. One day the motor conked out and Marcel manged to steer the boat down through the rapids using a paddle. He broke the windshield and was shaken up but never stopped riding the rapids. for a guy who could not swim THAT'S SOMETHING.
One time we went swimming in a lake in Rawdon. I ran down and dove in and swam out to a wharf about 50 ft. from shore. He followed not realizing the water was over his head. He swam a few strokes and as was his habit stopped to touch bottom. SURPRISE!! NO BOTTOM!! He started to drown and a person near him saw this and managed to get him to shore with others helping.
When I reached the raft I looked to shore and saw the commotion and saw he was lying on the beach with a crowd around. I rushed to shore but he was *OK" Just shook up.
"NO MORE RAPIDS"
WE went out into Lake St. Louis and then up the Ottawa River to DORION. (This is the same place as in the rapid pictures above but now it is smooth sailing. That is MARCEL with me. This time I am the pilot.)
The Rapids are gone now and so is the yacht. They built a dam and so here I am with a boat I owned at that time. I have just navigated up Lake St. Louis from Pte. Claire.The picture shows the boat in the same place where the rapids use to be.
That's me when I was 37, swimming in the rapids at Pte.des Cascades..
LAKE BOAT on it's way through the canal. I lived beside the canal for a few years. Mt sister is still living there and I visit often especially in summer. This Canal was abandoned a number of years ago. The Federal and Provincial Government are suppose to spend a few million dollars to repair the locks etc. and re-open the canal for pleasure craft. There is a BIKE AND WALKING path along the canal for many miles already. The biggest part of the job was in Lachine ( a suburb of Montreal) as that part was polluted by INDUSTRY.There the work is completed and pleasure boats are now using it.
MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE IN DORION.( a few miles from POINT-DES-CASCADES (She raised my mother who was orphaned at a young age). It is still there today beside the railway tracks. This picture was taken at least 80 years ago.
"Another Old Picture"
My mother and sisters at that time.1920, Taken in DORION
We lived in Dorion in 1944/45
My mother with my younger sister Claudette in 1945 taken in Dorion.
A sunset on Lake St. Louis at Pte.des Cascades. There is a MARINA, SUMMER THEATER, and a beautiful RV and TRAILER PARK at POINT-DES-CASCADES. The trailer Park was built for EXPO 67 and has been maintained and improved since then and is now Privately Owned and operated by Jaques Schmidt and his wife.
A water reservoir on the canal.
"FALL ON THE RIVER FRONT"
What a change from summer to Fall.