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Thirty minutes from Montreal West you will find this gem ~Salaberry-de-Valleyfield; a water sports enthusiast's paradise. At the waterfront you will find every color, shape and size of watercraft lurking or bouncing along the many water ways, canals and marinas. And for those who do not like swimming with the boats, there is a regional park and beach on the islands of Saint-Timothee. There you can cycle, swim, picnic and rent water craft to go bobbing about.
All Photos Carol Houle 2014 except the aerial view.
Escape from the City - Drive or Sail
When spring is in the air it's time to head out of the city to open our waterfront chalet for the season. This includes an hour's drive through Montreal and highways leading to Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, AKA Valleyfield. The drive through this pretty city is always rewarding. A five star breakfast at Petinos, poutine at La Belle Province, club sandwich at the marina, or 20 pizza varieties at Antonio's. No way can you go through this town without checking out the fountain, statues, yachts, parks, shopping and stopping at a few garage sales. Then it's onward to the drawbridge and the never ending corn fields, either through the country or along the picturesque lake road.
Where is This Place?
Salaberry-de-Valleyfield is situated on an island in the Saint Lawrence Seaway in the southwestern province of Quebec.This seaway leads to the Great Lakes (Erie, Ontario, Huron, Superior and Michigan). The island is surrounded by the St. Lawrence River to the north, Lake Saint Francis on the west side and the Beauharnois Canal with the Port of Valleyfield at the south of the island. The official title: Regional County Municipality of Beauharnois-Salaberry in Monteregie.
Home of International Regattas Since 1938
In 2002, the town of Valleyfield (population: 26,170) merged with the following communities, Saint Timothee (8,299) and Grande Ile (4,559). These beautiful islands add to the fun-in-the-sun experience with bicycle paths, beaches, fauna, flora and many festive activities.The city has also been the site of Les Regates de Valleyfield (regattas) which is an international hydroplane race, since 1938. Possibly the most popular international regatta location in the province.
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On Your Boat or at The Plaza
Hotel Plaza is the largest and at the heart of the city. Breakfast at the charming Mimosa restaurant will cost you a pretty penny (not that there are any pennies left in Canada), but the ambiance will brighten your stay. Afterwards you can always zip down the street to Petinos (breakfast and lunch only). We always anticipate stopping at Petinos, whether it's for an unconventional breakfast or amandine fish filet and mash for lunch.The Plaza Hotel (or Hotel Plaza) has a bilingual staff, comfy beds, WiFi, great workout center, pool, hot tub, Dooly's pool hall, bar and restaurant.TIP If you're planning on staying at the Plaza Hotel, splurge. Ask for 9th floor magic. For an extra $10./night you'll get happy.
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Marina Valleyfield - It's a Big One
Just park your ship at the marina and you are all set. The facilities include all the usual amenities, and you are just minutes away from the festivals, light shows on the water, the regatta, museums, shopping and dining. And there are at least a dozen golf courses within driving distance. No pun intended.
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The Canal - Whether Your Boat is Big or Small
© 2013 Carol Houle