Coteau-du-Lac in Vaudreuil-Soulanges RCM, Quebec — French Canadian Region
The Coteau-du-Lac rapids
Les rapides de Coteau-du-lac
The St. Lawrence River abounded with rapids between Montréal and Kingston, especially in the stretch between Lake Saint-Louis and Lake Saint-François, where a series of “cascades” made navigation impossible. Of all the rapids in this part of the river, those at Coteau-du-Lac were by far the most turbulent. In 1781, M. Pouchot described how this obstacle was crossed in these terms:
“… We punted up the river until we reached Coteau-du-lac… It is a point of land where the water boils and rages so fiercely, that the boats must be unloaded. This portage is sixty paces long. It is necessary to enter the water in order to lift the boat and take it around this point.”
Excerpt from “Mémoires sur la dernière guerre de l’Amérique septentrionale entre la France et l’Angleterre.”
Entre Montréal et Kingston, le fleuve Saint-Laurent était littéralement jalonné de rapides et plus particulièrement entre les lacs Saint-Louis et Saint-François, où une série de «saults» rendaient la navigation impossible. Sur cette section du fleuve, les rapides de Coteau-du-lac s’avéraient sans contredit le plus impétueux. Voici comment M. Pouchot relate la traversée de cet obstacle, en 1781:
«… On monte à la pêche jusques au portage du Coteau-du-lac…
Extrait tiré des Mémoires sur la dernière guerre de l’Amérique septentrionale entre la France et l’Angleterre.»
Erected by Parks Canada / Parcs Canada.
Location. 45° 17.213′ N, 74° 10.578′ W. Marker is in Coteau-du-Lac, Quebec, in Vaudreuil-Soulanges RCM. Marker is on Chemin du Fleuve just from Rue du Fort, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 307 Chemin du Fleuve, Coteau-du-Lac, Quebec J0P 1B0, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The “rigolet” canal (a few steps from this marker); Why a canal at Coteau-du-Lac? (within shouting distance of this marker); Changes in the landscape (within shouting distance of this marker); The first lock canal in North America (within shouting distance of this marker); The construction of the canal (within shouting distance of this marker); A supply centre / Un poste de ravitaillement A canal excavated in the rock (within shouting distance of this marker); What is a lock canal? (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coteau-du-Lac.
More about this marker. This marker is located at Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site.
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 230 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 29, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.