Sunday, January 27, 2008
Logging Ddown the Lachine Rapids
This is the way logs where transported in the past using the waterways from the Hull area through the Outaouais river, Lac des Deux Montagnes, Rivi챔res des Prairies and from Kingston, Lac St Louis and St Lawrence river to Quebec city where the logs where loaded on ships then to England who needed these logs for shipbuilding as France had blockaded access to Europe in the beginning of the 19th century. The men who handled these log rafts where called "Cageux". These log trains also used the Lachine Rapids as shown on the photos, therefore passed in front of Verdun. This method of transportation ended in the beginning of the 20th century. Another reminder of our rich historical past.
Source: Book Société Patrimoine et Histoire de L'Ile Bizard by Roger et Éliane Labastrou. (Roxboro Public Librairie)