Visiting Coteau-du-Lac, Quebec: Transecting the Delisle River Which Rises in Ontario
Crossings and transections and statistical complexities
The Quebec river, the Delisle, flows into the mighty Saint-Lawrence at Coteau-du-Lac, Quebec, actually rises in eastern Ontario. Interestingly, this municipality where it rises, Glengarry North / Glengarry Nord, in Eastern Ontario, is claimed as 65% Francophone. Thus much of its course from its source right up to its confluence with the Saint-Lawrence lies in territory which is nevertheless predominantly Francophone.
Interestingly, just as the territory from which the Delisle River emerges in Ontario is bilingual in character, so also Coteau-du-Lac, where its confluence with the Saint-Lawrence occurs, has a significant Anglophone minority: separate Francophone and Anglophone boards administer local schools.
It does beg the question whether the course of the Delisle marks an Interprovincial transition from bilingual to Francophone territory; or whether — rather than transitional in character — its course's territory marks a continuity of territory of bilingual character, whether in Ontario or Quebec. A categorical answer to this question will differ widely among Canadians, whether Québecois or Ontarians.
The picture, supplied, above, shows the Delisle River at Coteau-du-Lac, shortly before its confluence with the Saint-Lawrence, crossed by a bridge conveying the Chemin du Fleuve; Route 338 and the Autoroute du Souvenir (Route 20)) also cross the river.
The Delisle River is also intersected by the Canal de Soulanges.
I have also supplied, below, a photo of the town hall (French: Hôtel de ville) at Coteau-du-Lac.
Coteau-du-Lac is located in the Municipalité Régionale de Comté / Regional County Municipality of Vaudreuil-Soulanges.
February 27, 2018
(1) Source: Wikipedia.
Also worth seeing
In Coteau-du-Lac itself is Lieu historique national du Canada Coteau-du-Lac / Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site, containing military canal fortifications and remains, dating from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Pointe-des-Cascades (distance: 17.7 kilometres) is situated at the confluence of the Ottawa and Saint-Lawrence rivers, commemorated by anchor monuments.
Montréal (distance: 59.4 kilometres) The architectural and cultural attractions of Montreal are too numerous to mention here, but of special note, among many others, are the domed Bonsecours Market (Marché Bonsecours), dating from 1847, which was a venue used to house the Parliament of United Canada, prior to Confederation. The Notre-Dame Basilica (Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal ) was built mainly between 1824 and 1829; many Montrealers attend annual performances of Handel's 'Messiah' there. The Olympic Stadium (Stade Olympique) in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district, used for the 1976 Olympics, has the world's tallest inclined tower, at 175 metres.
How to get there: Coteau-du-Lac may be reached via Route 20 from Montréal. Air Canada flies to Montreal (Aéroport international Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau de Montréal) from Toronto-Pearson, and from New York-Newark and New York-La Guardia, with wide connections. A number of car rental companies offer service at Montreal-Trudeau airport. Please check with the airline or your travel agent for up to date information.
MJFenn is an independent travel writer based in Ontario, Canada.
Also worth seeing
- Visiting Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site of Canada, Quebec: Formerly Main Import Gateway to Low
Among the oldest of canal workings in North America, Coteau-du-Lac was once of great military and subsequently commercial significance, situated as it is on the Saint-Lawrence River.
- Visiting Mount Royal: Commanding Views of Montreal, Quebec
From Mount Royal — and particularly from the Belvedere — may be obtained fine vistas of a great North American city on the St. Lawrence River.