Yvon Desloges and Alain Gelly, both of them graduates in history from Université Laval, are historians with Parks Canada who have been studying the Lachine Canal for several years now. Previous research and writings by the authors testify to their broad range of interests. In particular, Mr. Desloges has to his credit publications on the history of Quebec gastronomy, tenancy in 18th century Québec City, and the fortifications of Old Québec. Mr. Gelly has written on the Quebec Commission des biens culturels and on the Valcartier Research Establishment of the Department of National Defence.
During an era when navigation was the most effective means of carrying people and cargo, Montreal represented a “breaking point”—or point of transfer—in inland shipping until the early 19th century. Construction of the Lachine Canal began in 1821 and would play a pivotal role in the industrial development of greater Montreal area and Canada alike. For not only did this waterway enable ships to bypass the previously insurmountable rapids and head for the Great Lakes, it also attracted numerous companies that used water from the canal to satisfy their energy needs or the requirements of manufacturing processes.
From being surrounded by open countryside in the mid-1850s, the banks of the canal were gradually transformed into urban outskirts. The canal ceased to be a place where people merely came to work and grew into the living environment so aptly described by Gabrielle Roy in her novel The Tin Flute
This photo album is not intended to be a lavish visual work. It is designed quite simply to bear witness to the main features of the canal’s history, starting with its construction, continuing on with growth in shipping and the development of factories along its banks, and ending with the people whose lives intertwined with the waterway on a daily basis.
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