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Portneuf, Québec, Canada - Église de Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs 322, rue Principale, Grenville, QUÉBEC Established 1839 Source: Google maps

Portneuf, Québec

The current city of Portneuf, located halfway between Quebec and Trois-Rivières. The city is located along the St. Lawrence River, at the mouth of the Portneuf River.

The parish of Portneuf was one of the first parishes erected in New France, not to mention a Huron village that Jacques Cartier had seen and named Achelay during his second voyage in 1535.

Today, the town of Portneuf retains its industrial vocation, but the place is also renowned for eel and sturgeon fishing.

There is MUCH more to discover about Portneuf, Québec, Canada. Read on!

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Église de Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
322, rue Principale, Grenville, QUÉBEC
Established 1839
Portneuf, Québec, Canada

Église de Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
322, rue Principale, Grenville, QUÉBEC
Established 1839
Source: Google maps
Falls of the Portneuf River ( Quebec ) 1860
Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. R9266-406 Peter W
Portneuf, Québec, Canada

Falls of the Portneuf River ( Quebec ) 1860
Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. R9266-406 Peter Winkworth Collection of Canadiana
Railway Bridge, 1926
Portneuf, Québec, Canada

Railway Bridge, 1926
Hotel Motel Claire Fontaine
Portneuf, Québec, Canada

Hotel Motel Claire Fontaine

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The seigneury of Port Neuf (spelled separately in 17th and 18th century documents) was also one of the first erected in Canada in 1636.
Its name testifies to the location of the community at the mouth of the river and whose development began in 1636.
1647 - Barony (Portneuf) granted April 16, 1647 to Sieur de Croisille
It is also said that Jacques Leneuf de la Poterie, deputy governor of Trois-Rivières from 1645 to 1662, owner of the seigniory from 1647, added part of his name to form the Portneuf appellation.
1832 - PORTNEUF,
barony, in the co. of Portneuf, is bounded N.E. by the S. of Jacques Cartier; S.W. by Deschambault; in the rear by Perthuis; in front by the St. Lawrence. - 1 1/ 2 league in breadth by 3 in depth. Granted, April 16, 1647, to Sieur de Croisille; it now belongs to the convent of the Hotel-Dieu at Quebec, but is let on a long lease to Messrs. Colman and Co. - This is a fine and valuable estate, the land fertile, and the part under tillage in a good state of cultivation: the soil is a light sandy earth mixed with clay, and in many places a good black mould upon a bed of clay. - The timber in the rear is a mixture of the middling sorts, but along the banks of the River Portneuf some very good pine may be collected. This river and several small streams water the property. At a small distance up the R. Portneuf, on the W. side, are the valuable corn and saw mills of Edward Hale, Esq., most conveniently and agreeably seated near the main road, whence the ground rises almost in the form of an... Read MORE...

1850 - Canadian Cold
The Quebec Gazette says that at Portneuf, Canada, on Tuesday, the 5th day of Feb. the thermometer went down to 52 degrees below zero, and that during the entire day it was below 40!
February 21, 1850
1859 - Portneuf
PORTNEUF, a settlement of Canada, on the St. Lawrence, 20 m. SW of Quebec.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
1861 - Église de Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs established at Portneuf
PORTNEUF, a county of Quebec, on the N. shore of the St Lawrence, has an area of 4,643,899 acres. It is watered by the River St, Maurice and numerous small streams Capital. Cap Sauté. Pop 23,216

PORTNEUF, a flourishing post village of Quebec, in the co of Portneuf, situated at the entrance of the Portncut River into the River St, Lawrence, 36 miles above Quebec It contains a telegraph office, 2 paper mills saw, flour and carding mills, a nail factory, 2 hotels, and 7 or 8 stores Pop. 800.
Lovell's gazetteer of British North America; J. Lovell; Montreal, 1873
1874 - Quebec, August 7. - The inhabitants of Portneuf have been greatly terrified recently by rumblings and earth heavings in that vicinity. Many have left their homes.

Weekly Journal Miner
August 14, 1874
1885 - Canadian Towns which are Infected
The State Board of Health of Maine announces, that besides Montreal and its suburbs, the following named places in the Province of Quebec are affected with small-pox; Batiscan, Oct. 22, 7 families; Bersenels, below Tadousac, Nov 6, 4 families; Cap St. Ignace, Oct. 29, 50 cases, Chambly, Oct 27, 2 cases; Grondines, Oct. 18, several deaths; Lachine, Nov. 4, another new case, Laprairie, Oct. 22, 1 child died and 3 sick, L'Islet, Oct. 29, 6 cases; Longueuil, Nov. 3, 7 cases, have been 20 in all, Lorette, Oct 28, six cases; Maissonneuve, Oct. 31; Mascouche, Oct 31; Montmagny, Oct 29, one case; Ottawa, Nov. 6, several cases; Pointe aux Trembles, Port Neuf, Oct. 29, six cases, Riviere du Loup, Oct 23 ten cases, Rimouski, Oct, 21, 8 cases, St Francis, Temisconata Co, Nov 7, 7 cases, St Joseph de Levis, Oct 31, St. Lambert, Nov 3, 1 case, St. I in, Nov. 5; St. Martin, Oct 27 2 houses, St. Michel, Oct. 27, 4 deaths recently, St. Paschal, Oct 23 3 cases; St. Remi, Oct 27, 2 houses, St Roch, Nov. ... Read MORE...

The sawmill industry experienced progress when J.-Alphonse Lemay used a circular saw in 1887 and resorted to steam as motive power.
1895 - Portneuf
PORTNEUF, a county of Quebec, on the north shore of the St. Lawrence, has an area of 1,068,800 acres. It is watered by the River St. Maurice and numerous small streams. Capital, Cap Sante. Pop. in 1871, 23,216; in 1891, 25,815.
Crossby, Peter Alfred. Lovell's gazetteer of British North America. (John Lovell & Son)., 1895
1895 - Portneuf
Portneuf, a post-village of Quebec, co, of Portneuf, at the entrance of the Portneuf River into the river St. Lawrence, 36 miles above Quebec. It has 2 paper-mills, saw-, flour-, and carding-mills, a nail-factory, hotels, and 7 or 8 stores. Pop. 800.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
Portneuf, a post-village of Portneuf co., Quebec, at the entrance of the Portneuf River into the river St. Lawrence, 36 miles above Quebec It has paper, saw, and flour-mills, etc. Pop. about 400.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
2023 - Whether you're a nature enthusiast, history buff, or simply looking for a relaxing getaway, Portneuf has something to offer everyone. Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Portneuf, Quebec:
Vallée Bras-du-Nord: This regional park is a paradise for outdoor lovers. You can go hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, and even try your hand at rock climbing. The park offers well-maintained trails that will take you through lush forests and along picturesque rivers.

Parc de la Chute-Sainte-Anne: Located just a short drive from Portneuf, this park is home to a stunning waterfall that cascades 74 meters into a rocky gorge. There are walking trails, suspension bridges, and a thrilling zipline experience that will take you right over the falls.

La Seigneurie des Aulnaies: Explore the historical heritage of the region at this beautiful estate. The main attraction is the 18th-century manor house, which offers guided tours. The gardens and grounds are also worth a visit, especially during the summer months.

Kayaking on the Rivière Sainte-Anne: Paddle down the scenic Rivière Sainte-Anne, which offers both calm sections and exciting rapids for kayaking enthusiasts. You can rent... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Portneuf, Québec, Canada

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female ancestorMarie-Anne DUCLOS (1668, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier) - 31 January 1709, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-Portneuf))
female ancestorMarie-Anne ANTRADE (13 March 1669, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-Portneuf) - 29 April 1750, Varennes, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-Varennes))
female ancestorMarie-Louise LEMAITRE (20 February 1669, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City) - 1 December 1704, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-Portneuf))
female ancestorLouise-Catherine ROBINEAU DE BECANCOUR (15 September 1677, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-Portneuf) - 10 September 1757, Saint-Sulpice, Québec, Canada)
female ancestorMarie-Catherine HAMEL (10 July 1687, Sillery, Québec, Québec, Canada (Mission Saint-Joseph-de-Sillery) (Saint-Colomb-de-Sillery) - 15 December 1760, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-Portneuf))
female ancestorMarie-Jeanne DELAGE (8 March 1699, Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada (Bourg Royal) - 9 June 1734, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-Portneuf))
male ancestorJean-Baptiste LAMOTHE (26 February 1701, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City) - 26 May 1778, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-Portneuf))
male ancestorPierre-Joseph LORIOT (LAURIAULT) (15 March 1705, Neuville, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-de-Sales) - 20 December 1771, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-Portneuf))
male ancestorHonore SAVOIE (9 March 1715, , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) - 25 September 1797, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-Portneuf))

Ancestors Who Were Married in Portneuf, Québec, Canada

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male ancestorJean CATELAN (1643 - 16 November 1712) and female ancestorJeanne CARREAU (25 January 1659 - 25 October 1730) married 1675
male ancestorFrançois HAMELIN (1658 - 19 October 1725) and female ancestorMadeleine AUBERT (1669 - 3 June 1742) married 27 November 1685
male ancestorClaude MAINGUY (11 March 1738 - 8 September 1810) and female ancestorMarie-Jeanne LAURIAULT (LORIOT) (20 September 1726 - 24 March 1774) married 19 September 1764
photo of Joseph Samuel PICHÉ Joseph Samuel PICHÉ (20 May 1842 - 13 March 1912) and photo of Sarah ALLARD Sarah ALLARD (22 September 1843 - 24 June 1915) married 24 April 1865
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