A Canadian Family

Genealogy and Vintage Postcards

Vintage Postcard: Lachine Canal, Quebec – Links Restored

View of Lachine Locks, Lachine, P.Q. (Quebec)

Lachine Locks

This is one of the canals which was rendered obsolete by the opening of the St-Lawrence Seaway.

It was finally closed in the 1970s – but has recently re-opened for pleasure craft.

Related Posts:

Vintage Postcards of Quebec

Big John of Caughnawaga (now Kahnawake) conquers the Lachine Rapids

The Iroquois of Kahnawake

August 10, 2009 Posted by | . | , , , | 2 Comments

Vintage Postcard: Welland Canal, St-Lawrence Seaway – Links Related

Freighters leaving upper level, Lock No. 3,  Welland Ship Canal, Canada


Vintage postcard of the Welland Canal, St-Lawrence Seaway – Reverse Continue reading

August 8, 2009 Posted by | . | , , | Leave a comment

Bridges Over The St-Lawrence River(3): Victoria Jubilee Bridge, Montreal, Quebec

The Victoria Jubilee –  another bridge that spans the St-Lawrence.

Victoria Jubilee Bridge

Vintage postcard of the Victoria Jubilee Bridge – Reverse Continue reading

August 6, 2009 Posted by | . | , , | Leave a comment

Bridges Over The St-Lawrence River(2): Jacques Cartier Bridge

Vintage Postcard of the Jacques Cartier Bridge which connects Montreal to Longueuil.

The Jacques Cartier passes over the St-Lawrence River and the St-Lawrence Seaway.

Jacques Cartier

Reverse of Vintage postcard of the Jacques Cartier Bridge.


Related Posts:

Index: Vintage Postcards of Quebec

August 5, 2009 Posted by | . | , , | 1 Comment

Bridges Over The St-Lawrence River(1): Honore Mercier Bridge, Quebec

This is an interesting set of 2 postcards of the Honore Mercier, one of several bridges that connects Montreal to the South Shore. This bridge passes over both the St-Lawrence River and the St-Lawrence Seaway. Note the vivid colours and handpainted flowers on the second version!

I believe this photograph is taken from the shore of what is now the borough of Lasalle looking towards Kahnawake (aka Caughnawaga) and Chateauguay. I grew up in Lasalle in the 50s/60s and have been living in Chateauguay since the 90s.

Chateauguay is full of people whose families came from Lasalle and Verdun.

Vintage Postcard of Honore Mercier Bridge, Ville Lasalle, Montreal, Canada

Honore Mercier Bridge, Ville Lasalle.  A Canadian Family Vintage Postcard Collection

Reverse of Honore Mercier Bridge, Vintage Postcard

Continue reading

August 3, 2009 Posted by | . | , , , | 5 Comments

Indexes: Vintage Postcards of Quebec


Index: Abitibi-Temiscamingue

Amos, Noranda, Rouyn Noranda

Index: Bas-St-Laurent

Amqui, Riviere-du-Loup, Temiscouata, Matane

Index: Capitale-Nationale

Beauport, Montmorency, Murray Bay/Malbaie, Quebec City, Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre,Valcartier

Index: Chaudiere-Appalaches

St-Anne-de–la-Pocatiere, Lotbiniere

Index: Cote-Nord


Index: Estrie

Asbestos, Megantic, Scotstown, Sherbrooke

Index: Gaspesie-Iles-de-la-Madeleine

Barachois, Grand Etang, Little Fox River/Riviere Renard, Paspebiac

Index: Laurentides

Rawdon, St-Jovite, Ste-Agathe, Val-David

Index: Mauricie

Maskinonge, Trois Rivieres

Indexes: Monteregie

Montreal Island, Behaurnois, Cowansville, Farnham, Kahnawake, Granby, Laprairie, Magog

Index: Outaouais

Buckingham Mill

Index: Saguenay – Lac-St-Jean

Bagotville, Chicoutimi, Dolbeau, Kenogami, Roberval, Shipshaw, Tadoussac

Index: Quebec Waterways

Bridges, the St-Lawrence Seaway, Port of Montreal

Index: Miscellaneous

July 4, 2009 Posted by | . | , , , , | 4 Comments

Happy 5oth Birthday – St-Lawrence Seaway!

When I was growing up in 1950s/1960s Quebec, the St-Lawrence Seaway was considered a great technological triumph. The seaway is 3,700 kilometres long but what is particularly impressive is that it includes a series of 7 mammoth locks that can lift large ocean-going ships hundreds of metres up, so that they can negotiate waterways reaching from Montreal all the way to Lake Ontario. Of course the Seaway is more than just a source of pride to those who built it – as the transportation hub for southern Quebec and Ontario it’s been the linchpin for the economic growth in that area for half a century.

St-Lawrence Seaway 001

The line you see snaking through the lakes is the Canadian/American border – which was quite a loose border when I was growing up. In fact we used to call it “the longest undefended border in the world“.  But that was before 9/11 – and the world has changed since then.

At the lower left hand corner you can see the area where I live – Chateauguay, Quebec. Chateauguay is not named but it borders the Mohawk (Iroquois) community of Caughnawaga. Today it’s called Kahnawake. A little further up you see the town of Candiac. I’m a teacher at St-Lawrence School in Candiac.

To the right bottom of the card you’ll notice the city of Montreal and some of its West Island communities of Verdun, Lachine, Dorval, Pointe Claire and Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue.

Lachine is one of the earliest settlements in Quebec. Its name comes from the fact that the earliest French explorers were looking for a quick trade path from Europe through to China and India. They thought that the St-Lawrence River must be a waterway that would bring them to “La Chine”.   Next door to Lachine you see the community of Verdun.

To this day Verdun has many inhabitants of New Brunswick Acadian origin. This is because in the mid twentieth century there was an Acadian priest in the Montreal area (Msgr. Richard) who was concerned that too many Acadians were emigrating to New York and Maine for work and that they would lose their French language and Catholic faith, so he encouraged Acadians to settle in the Verdun/St-Henri area. My Theriaults were among the Acadians who settled in Verdun in the 1940s.

Another town in the area is Dorval which will be familiar to people who’ve arrived in Montreal by plane because it’s the site of Trudeau Airport – which was until recently called Dorval Airport.


Index: Vintage Postcards of Quebec


The St.Lawrence Seaway: Gateway to North America


 St. Lawrence Seaway Maximum Card.

Ships on the River

The Musical Ride Comes To Iroquois

One Tank Trip: Exploring the legacy of a historic shipping route

The Lost Villages, Canada

Map of the St. Lawrence River Canals – 1907

Reverse of St-Lawrence Seaway Postcard

St-Lawrence Seaway Back 001Published by Benjamin news Company, 425 Guy St., Montreal

Plastichrome by Colourpicture Publishers, Inc.

Made in Canada  P25393

Montreal, Ville de l’Exposition Universelle – 1967 – World Exhibition City

Note: Expo 67

July 2, 2009 Posted by | . | | 24 Comments