History of Valcartier

Expropriation of 1914

By Gerry Nevile September 15, 1915 The Honorable. the Minister of  Militia and Defense. Acquisition of land for Valcartier Camp Site        With reference to your request for a memorandum as to how the matter of the acquisition of...

Valcartier Camp

Valcartier Camp

By Bernie Monaghan  At the outbreak of World War 1 in 19l4, a large section of the Township of Valcartier was selected by the Federal Government as a site for a Military Training Camp. As a result, this decision caused the properties of a sub­stantial number of...

Old Soldiers of Valcartier

Written by Bernie Monaghan in the 1980s.  From General Education to Education of Generals. By Padre R. A. B. Maclean, writing in L’Emerillon, May 19th 1982.  Anniversaries and local genealogical connections of my own family have driven me to search out the...

The Settlement of Bourg Louis

The Settlement of Bourg Louis

by D. Clark McIntosh Most of the research contained in this section was written in the mid 1970s. The work, observations, and data collected was used for my undergraduate thesis for the Geography Department at McGi11 University. The original seigniory of Bourg Louis...

An Outing in the Laurentides

An Outing in the Laurentides

by Sir James McPherson Lemoine in his book Maple Leaves: History, Biography, Legend, Literature, Memoirs, Etc. VII Series, 1906, published by Frank Carrell, Quebec “Time will not number the hours We’ll spend in the woods. Where no sorrow intrudes, With the streams,...

Valcartier Schools and Teachers

Valcartier Schools and Teachers

Valcartier Elementary School, built 1947, photographed c1977 by Bernie Monaghan, 1980s One of the oldest, if not the oldest school was situated at the foot of the Near Mill Hill, later known as the School at Todd’s. Todd’s moved there from the ­Fourth Range in 1864....

Sajuk’s Store

Sajuk’s Store

by Bernie Monaghan, 1988 One of the principal stores in Valcartier Village, in fact the only Dry Goods Store was owned and operated by James Sajuk, around the turn of the century. At that time Valcartier Village was commonly called "The Settlement. According to "old...

Place Names of Valcartier

by Bernie Monaghan, 1980s CLARK'S BRIDGE The bridge which spans the Jacques Cartier at Clark’s commonly called the Iron Bridge was built in 1891. According to some old timers the steel for the bridge had been hauled from Valcartier Station with horses up the river on...

Mills in Valcartier

Mills in Valcartier

by Bernie Monaghan, 1986 As Valcartier was settled in the early 1800's, most of their buildings were log structures and the logs were squared by swinging the broad axe. From what can be found of the existing structures, this work was skillfully done as was evidenced...

Fox Ranches of the Past

Fox Ranches of the Past

by Bernie Monaghan, in the 1980s After the First World War there was developed in Europe and the United States a great demand for furs of all kinds. The price increased by leaps and bounds. What was most in demand was silver fox furs as fox scarves for ladies were...

Music in Valcartier

Music in Valcartier

Eric Corrigan, on fiddle and Bernie Monaghan, on accordian The taste for traditional Music had declined among our young people to a point where they didn’t want to hear it anymore (it had reached its lowest ebb about 1980). About this time, there appeared on the scene...