Category: Heritage


The Parc des Ancres – a place that takes you on a journey

July 19, 2021

The Parc des Ancres – a place that takes you on a journey

The Anchor Park, located in Pointe-des-Cascades, is an open-air museum, which is accessible year-round. You can admire a hundred boat anchors and several other artefacts related to the maritime world, while enjoying nature.

This summer, until August 15, from Wednesday to Sunday from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm, there will be 4 guide-interpreters who will complement the interpretation plates. These will make you discover the history of 300 years of river navigation. On site, you will even see the remains of a lock in the Soulanges canal.

This is the ideal place for a picnic that will make you fully enjoy the summer!


Photo credit: Olivier Langevin

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The western mouth turns into a festive tip

June 28, 2021

Coteau-du-Lac, June 28, 2021 – The City of Coteau-du-Lac, the Municipalité des Coteaux and Développement Vaudreuil-Soulanges are joining forces to revitalize the western mouth of the Soulanges canal by creating an ephemeral space. Indeed, for the summer season, the Thomas-Monro (Coteau-du-Lac) and Louis-Stanislas-Pariseau (Les Coteaux) parks will become “L’embouchure, pointe festive”.

Following a call for projects launched last February, a partnership with the young company Groupe Loisir Suroît will make it possible to animate the park from July 15 to September 4. The site, which is a magnificent showcase on the Soulanges canal and Lake Saint-François, will host a summer terrace which will be open from Thursday to Saturday from 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Fun and festive atmosphere | The summer terrace will consist of a refreshment bar whose menu will present a large selection of microbrewery beers and local wines, commercial beers, cocktails with or without alcohol, lemonade as well as ice bars from the company POP Culture. , located in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region. Colorful ephemeral furniture will dress the site and flower bed games will be available at the kiosk.

Programming | The season at L’Embouchure will be punctuated by events. Musical shows, DJ evenings, happy hours, yoga sessions on “Zen Saturdays”, SUP in the moonlight, SUP-Harp, activities on the water as part of the “Nautical weekends”: the summer will be effervescent on the tip.

Some activities are already confirmed:

  • Zen Saturdays: free yoga sessions along the canal, every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Show by the Galiléo orchestra: the three suites of “Handel’s Water Music”, Saturday July 24 at 5 pm
  • Special 5 to 7 of the Bois Blanc Microbrasserie: July 23
  • 5 to 7 special from the Microbrasserie des 3 Lacs: August 6
  • Yoga-harp with Sérénité Sonore and Lucie Vachon on July 12 at 6 p.m. ($)
  • Intimate Harp & SUP concerts with Sérénité Sonore July 19 and 26 at 8 p.m. ($)
  • Boat rental (kayak and SUP) with nature discovery kayak Vaudreuil-Soulanges from Saturday July 31
  • Nautical weekends: July 24-25, July 31-August 1 and August 7-8


FREE activities on the water or by the water for the whole family, including:

  • Initiation to sailing
  • Tube tours on the lake
  • Introduction to diving
  • Loan of kayaks and SUP
  • Raft construction and racing
  • Floating games


Programming is scalable. Special and themed activities as well as outdoor shows will be added over the weeks.


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Unveiling of the finalists of the competition for cultural and landscaping of the canal


April 19, 2021

The MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges unveils the finalists of the project competition for the cultural and landscaping of the Parc du Canal-de-Soulanges

The MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges is proud to unveil the finalists for the project competition for the cultural and landscaping of the Parc du Canal-de-Soulanges launched last January. The objective of this competition is to develop a development vision anchored in the community and supported by the population in order to develop a master plan for the development of the park. All the anonymous proposals received were evaluated according to the evaluation criteria provided for in the competition rules by a jury which brings together professionals from several fields. This project is supported under the 2017-2020 agreement between the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges and the Ministry of Culture and Communications

“I am proud to see that the project competition for the cultural and landscaping of the Parc du Canal-de-Soulanges as well as the interactive online survey have generated so much interest. With the proposals that we received and the answers obtained in the framework of the survey, I am convinced that we will create a unique place of high quality for our citizens ”, mentioned Mr. Patrick Bousez, prefect of the MRC and mayor of the municipality of Rivière-Beaudette.

“At the end of this master development plan, we will finally have a clear vision of the Soulanges canal for the enhancement of its 23.5 km. These are the first steps in a transformation that will take place over several decades, but which will strongly mark our territory, ”added Mr. Raymond Larouche, president of the Soulanges canal table and mayor of the Municipality of Les Cèdres.

The three finalist teams are as follows:

  • BC2 Groupe conseil inc.;
  • Fahey et associés in collaboration with Félix Dagenais;
  • Collectif Escargo in collaboration with Geneviève Murray.

These finalist teams are now moving on to the second stage of the competition in which they will have to deepen their ideas while integrating the vision of the citizens following the survey which was carried out by the MRC and its partners and which gathered the comments of more than 800 respondents.

The MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges has already held a meeting with the finalists in order to present important historical elements related to the canal as well as the results of the consultations to ensure that the final proposals of the candidates will respect the spirit of the place of the canal. as well as the citizen’s vision.

The winner of the project competition will be known in the summer of 2021.

About the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges

The Vaudreuil-Soulanges RCM brings together the 23 municipalities in its 855 km² territory, which stretches from L’Île-Perrot to the Ontario border. Under the political direction of its prefect, Mr. Patrick Bousez, the mission of the MRC aims at consultation, planning and management of the planning and development of its territory according to the principles of sustainable development. Its role as leader and unifier with the main stakeholders in the territory facilitates the coordination of regional actions in four spheres: planning, development, services to municipalities and services to citizens. The key words of the MRC are plan, concert and act. For more information, visit

Source : Press release of MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges, April 14, 2021.

Photo by : L’Art de capter par Josiane Farand


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Soulanges cycling path: the season is off to a good start!


May 3, 2021

Soulanges cycling path: the season is off to a good start!

The arrival of May also marks the start of the cycling season on the Soulanges cycling path. For this occasion, the cycle path is getting a makeover and presents a brand new photographic exhibition.


A brand new citizen exhibition on the banners of the cycling path

Launched in 2020, the Soulanges cycling path banner renewal project has taken a new step with the recent installation of new exposition. The banners extend from the entrance to the bike path in Pointe-des-Cascades to Saint-Zotique, at the rate of one banner per kilometer, for a total of 54 photographic works presented. This project is supported by Développement Vaudreuil-Soulanges and the Conseil des arts et de la culture de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, in collaboration with the Soulanges cycling path committee and that it is funded by the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges and the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications. The project allowed 11 residents of Vaudreuil-Soulanges to share their vision of our region, while refining their photographic and artistic technique. They benefited from the professional support of artist curator Caroline Hayeur.


In the coming weeks, the partners will unveil exhibition panels, presenting the photographers as well as the complete collection of photos, in Pointe-des-Cascades. A sign summarizing the project will also be installed in Rivière-Beaudette.


The partners wish to congratulate the participants Samuel Angers, Caroline Campeau, Philippe Chevalier, Patricia Chousa, Caroline Forget, Claire Gervais, Alain Lajoie, Valérie Langlais, Nancy Lépine, Natacha Marleau and Stéphanie Toulouse for their contribution to this citizen project.


Sanitary facilities

Since the official opening on May 1st the sanitary facilities (toilets) of Pointe-des-Cascades, Les Cèdres, Coteau-du-Lac, Les Coteaux, Saint-Zotique and Rivière-Beaudette have been open seven days a week and cleaned on on a daily basis. Get informed before you go to the path, as the situation may change at any time.


The current health situation imposes strict standards on the path, including physical distancing, wearing a mask when required and abstinence from attendance if you have symptoms. For a reminder concerning the health standards in force, citizens can consult the following website:


Asphalt work in progress

The spring paving work should be completed in the week of May 3, 2021. Emergency interventions can take place at any time during the season. The Soulanges Cycling Path Committee invites cyclists to respect the signs.


Photo credit: Olivier Langevin. Banner by Samuel Angers.


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A contest for the cultural and landscape development of the Soulanges Canal park


January 19th, 2021

The Vaudreuil-Soulanges MRC and the Ministry of Culture and Communications recently launched a contest for the cultural and landscape development of the Soulanges Canal park. This national-level contest, coordinated by Madame Isabelle Giasson from EVOQ Architecture, will encourage a plan that enhances the canal’s importance, reflects the area’s identity, and honors the visions of local partners and citizens.

Complete documents as well as the contest timeline can be found here :

For all questions related to the contest, please email


Vaudreuil-Soulanges Citizens Invited to Participate

The Vaudreuil-Soulanges MRC and the Ministry of Culture and Communications are inviting local citizens to express their ideas and vision for the Soulanges Canal via a survey, which will be available until March 4, 2021 at The survey is intended to collect information that will be passed on to contest finalists to help them develop their ideas in the second phase in the competition. We encourage you all to participate and share!


Source : MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges press release, published January 14, 2021.

Photo by : L’Art de capter par Josiane Farand
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Cyprienne, Musée régional’s little mouse, visits the canal!


December 2nd, 2020

Cyprienne visits the canal!


Have you met Cyprienne the Mouse? She’s the cultural ambassador of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Regional Museum, the mini leader of education services for the museum’s school programs. This busy mouse is also part of shop local campaigns all over the region of Vaudreuil-Soulanges. Hero of 11 youth literature albums, Cyprienne stars in yet another adventure, launched just in time for the holidays. Guess where this latest adventure takes place? The old power dam in Les Cèdres! We thought this was a great time to introduce you to Cyprienne and the artists behind this charming project.


A Tiny History of Cyprienne the Mouse

The first volume of Cyprienne’s tales, Les aventures de Cyprienne, was released in 2010. Since her first adventure, Cyprienne has had a very special power: she can travel through time just by touching objects in the museum’s collection. The possibilities are endless! Cyprienne is on a mission to use her time traveling abilities to uncover the past, taking her young readers on imaginative and educational journeys through history.


Chantal Séguin, author

Visual arts curator and director of education services for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Regional Museum, Chantal Séguin has played a vital role in the region’s cultural landscape for the past 20 years. While she has a particular affection for our beautiful region and its history, Chantal also loves the French language and its rich vocabulary, using its intricacies to share her passions through writing.


Johanne Mitchell, illustrator

A talented designer, Johanne Mitchell develops a variety of promotional materials for the museum. From early on, she was fascinated by illustrations for children, leading her to study children’s literature. After dabbling in watercolors, Johanne returned to the media of her youth, crayons.


You can find Cyprienne stories at Éditions Vaudreuil in Vaudreuil-Dorion, at hairsalon Myrage in Rigaud, at the Marché écolocal (Les Coteaux) or on their website… or directly at the museum!


Source : Marianne Sigouin-Lebel, chef de projet Canal de Soulanges | 450 424-2262, poste 3231

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The Pointe-des-Cascades Lighthouse looks good as new


November 17th, 2020

The Pointe-des-Cascades Lighthouse looks good as new


If you visited St. Pierre Park in the heart of Pointe-des-Cascades at the beginning of November, did you notice a major landmark was missing? The village’s famous lighthouse went in for a few weeks of rest and restoration to return it to its former glory! The 50-foot structure, built in 1904 and moved to St. Pierre Park, was unassembled, moved and restored before returning home on November 12. The restoration project was the work of Entreprises LD Raby inc. in Saint-Polycarpe. According to the company, the biggest challenges during this project were the transportation of the lighthouse as well as the work required on site. The lighthouse is back and better than ever; all the rust holes were repaired, its stairs were reinforced and it was repainted according to Ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ) guidelines.


You can immediately see that the restoration did a lot of good for the century-old lighthouse. Thanks to the municipality for leading the initiative and to all those who collaborated to make this project a success. Thanks to the municipality for leading the initiative and to all those who collaborated to make this project a success.


To learn more about the history and use of lighthouses along the canal, visit our Heritage page.


Photo credit: Piero Ravatti

Source : Marianne Sigouin-Lebel, chef de projet canal de Soulanges | 450 424-2262, poste 3231

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The museum rewards projects linked to the Soulanges Canal!


November 10th, 2020

The museum rewards projects linked to the Soulanges Canal!

On October 21, the Musée régional de Vaudreuil-Soulanges and the Conseil des arts et de la culture de Vaudreuil-Soulanges announced the winners of the 2020 prix du Mérite patrimonial during the museum’s virtual annual general assembly. Since 1997, the prix du Mérite patrimonial has recognized the efforts of individuals and organizations working to elevate the importance of heritage.

2020 was a special year for the awards: the two prizes were given to projects that have ties to the Soulanges Canal. We would like to congratulate and highlight the extraordinary work of the winners. If you missed the news and would like more details , here are the projects honoured this year.


The Pointe-des-Cascades Historical Research Society and the Parc des ancres

The Pointe-des-Cascades Historical Research Society was rewarded for their enormous efforts on the new phase of the town’s Parc des ancres. The park pays homage to the maritime history of the region, and recently underwent an incredible transformation during a long-term project that concluded this year. Included in the work was the renewal of the main plaza and the installation of around 50 interpretive panels. Bravo to the whole team for this amazing project.

You can find a complete description of the Parc des ancres on our Heritage page.


Sébastien Borduas merges visual art and heritage

The second 2020 Prize was given to visual artist Sébastien Borduas for Passage, a work of art unveiled this fall at the Les Cèdres municipal dock. The work, made possible with financing from the Fonds d’appui au rayonnement régional (FARR) offered by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, promotes the Les Cèdres identity as well as the town’s history. Making this work of art truly special is how it was conceived with the environment in mind, so that it is perfectly integrated into the landscape- it is almost as if it has always been there! The project was also recognized by the judges as an important contribution to the enrichment of Les Cèdres’ local cultural scene. Congratulations to Sébastien Borduas for this magnificent piece of art!

You can see a complete description of the project on our site’s Public Art section.


Photo credit: Christian Gonzalez (representation of Passage, by Sebastien Borduas)

Source : Marianne Sigouin-Lebel, chef de projet Canal de Soulanges | 450 424-2262, poste 3231