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Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Québec, Canada

Cap-de-la-Madeleine, situated on the east bank of the Saint-Maurice River and the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River, was its own city until it was amalgamated into the City of Trois-Rivières in 2002.

Cap-de-la-Madeleine was founded on March 20, 1651 and named by Jacques de La Fertém, abbot of Sainte-Madeleine de Châteaudun in France. The community is famous for its basilica, Basilique Notre-Dame du Cap, dedicated to Our Lady of the Cape. Thousands of pilgrims are drawn to the basilica each year as it marks the site where two miracles were performed: the Miracle of the Ice Bridge and the Miracle of the Eyes...

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First land concessions 1649
The map above shows the first land concessions on the Cap. One sees Pierre and Mathurin's lots (5th and 6th from right). On a modern map of Cap de la Madeleine, Pierre's land was, according to Marcel Trudel, author of "Le Terrier du St Laurent en 1663", between Celina and Viviers steets and from the bottom of Erables street up to the first park on the street.

One also finds the lands of men that played role's in our ancestor's life and/ or are in our family tree: Claude Houssard dit le Petit Claude was his father-in-law, Nicolas Rivard was his brother-in-law (his great grandaughter married Pierre's grandson, Joseph - ancestral grandparents!), Pierre Boucher - his sister, Marie was the grandmother of Marie Trottier who married Pierre's son, Louis.
1 june 1649

I the undersigned superior of the residence of the Company of Jesus at 3 Rivieres declare that in virtue of the commission given to me by ... Read MORE...

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1636 - a seigneury is established at Cap-de-la-Madeleine

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1640 - a Jesuit mission is established at Cap-de-la-Madeleine

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1651 - Cap-de-la-Madeleine was founded March 20, 1651. The establishment was named by Jacques de La Ferté, who was abbot of Sainte-Madeleine de Châteaudun in France.

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1664 - Cap-de-la-Madeleine parish is established

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1668 - Prohibited from selling liquor to Indians
The End of February 1668. Petition presented to the Supreme Council by a number of the inhabitants of Three-Rivers, of Cap de la Madeleine, and of Champlain in which they allege that notwithstanding the prohibition to sell intoxicating liquor to the Indians, many people continue to do so : the petitioners therefore ask that this prohibition be repeated 'and that people be prevented from bringing merchandize into the woods.

Sessional Papers: Volume 24, Issue 2 Quebec Province Legislature January 1, 1890
1687 - The missions St. Joachim & Cap de la Madeleine de la Province de Quebec is established this year.

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1832 - CAP de la MAGDELAINE,
seigniory, in the co. of Champlain, is bounded S.W. by the river St. Maurice, N.E. by the S. of Champlain and its augmentation and by the St. Lawrence in front. - The breadth is 2 leagues and its depth 20, extending N. into the interior. - Granted Mar. 20, 1651, to the order of Jesuits and has now devolved to the crown. - It contains 17,707 arpents in concession and the greater part of the lands are conceded, as well as of the lands unconceded, are not susceptible of cultivation. There is, however, one concession of 40 arpents wholly settled, and one of 20 arpents partly settled with 5 or 6 houses on the St. Maurice, below the Forges. A small number of the non-conceded lands have been enclosed, but there is no road to them. 800 superficial arpents were conceded prior to 1759, at the rent of un copre per arpent, at which rent they still continue. - The few young persons who take new lands prefer taking them near their relatives or friends, however inferior in quality they may be; and... Read MORE...

1873
CAP DE LA MAGDELEINE, a post village in Champlain co., Que., situated on north shore of the St. Lawrence, 81 miles above Quebec. It has a good lumber trade. The navigation is so difficult at this point as to necessitate four lighthouses. Pop. 200.
Lovell's gazetteer of British North America; J. Lovell; Montreal, 1873
1879 - Miracle of the Ice Bridge
...But in the mid-nineteenth century there was apathy and slackness in Cap de la Madeleine. When Father Desilets went to church, on Ascension Day 1867, his congregation consisted of a solitary pig in the Lady Chapel, chewing a rosary! The priest subsequently preached vehemently on the subject of 'The Pig and the Rosary' to shame his parishioners, and very quickly the congregation increased.

An even larger church was now required, for which the stone had to be brought in winter from a quarry on the far side of the St. Lawrence River. Normally this would have been easily accomplished by using sledges over the ice, but the winter of 1879 was mild and the river did not freeze. Building was brought to a standstill.

Father Desilets prayed to Our Lady for a bridge of ice. Although the winter was almost gone - it was mid-March - a tremendous storm blew packed ice from the banks into the middle of the river where it formed a bridge.

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1888 - Basilique Notre-Dame-du-Cap established at Cap-de-la-Madeleine

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1888 - Miracle of the Eyes
THE STATUE OPENS HER EYES

The restored Lady Chapel was dedicated on June 22, 1888. That evening a lame man called Pierre Lacroix was brought into the chapel by Father Desilets and Father Frédéric. The three men experienced an amazing apparition centered on the statue of Our Lady. "She raised her eyes!" Father Desilets later reported. "She looked in front of her as if looking outwards into the distance. Her face was severe and rather sad."

The three men swore an oath that what they had seen had truly taken place, and their statement is stored on parchment in the library of the sanctuary to this day. Pierre Lacroix's testimony reads:

I went into the shrine at about seven o'clock in the evening, accompanied by Vicar-General Luc Desilets and the Reverend Father Frédéric. I was walking between the two of them, helped by them. After praying for a while, I looked up at the statue of the Blessed Virgin which was facing directly towards me. As I did so, I saw most distinctly the... Read MORE...

1895 - Cap de la Magdeleine
Cap de la Magdeleine, a post-village in Champlain co., Quebec, on the N. shore of the St. Lawrence, 81 miles above Quebec. Pop, 200.
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
1909 - Cap-de-la-Madeleine - The Grès Falls Company is established

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1912 - Cap-de-la-Madeleine - The Wayagamack Pulp and Paper Co (later integrated into Consolidated Corp) is established

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1940 - During World War II the Royal Canadian Air Force built and operated No. 11 Elementary Flying Training School as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Cap-de-la-Madelaine.
The school opened on 14 October 1940 and closed on 11 February 1944.
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Cap-de-la-Madeleine
Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Qué, City, pop 32 534 (2001c), 33 438 (1996c), 33 716 (1991c), 32 800 (1986c), area 18.25 km2, inc 1923, is located on the N shore of the ST LAWRENCE R at its confluence with the Rivière ST-MAURICE, opposite TROIS-RIVIÈRES. Originally the site of a seigneury (1636) and a Jesuit mission (1640), by 1900 "the Cap" had 300 families who lived from agriculture and lumbering. The arrival of electricity, a railway and a quay set the stage for an industrial boom that began in 1909 with the Grès Falls Co, followed in 1912 by the Wayagamack Pulp and Paper Co (later integrated into Consolidated Corp).

Industrialization brought major residential construction. A second development phase began in 1938 with the opening of International Foils Ltd (Reynolds), which still operates. Despite the arrival of Lupel Amiante, a subsidiary of the Cascades Group, industrial activities have slowed since the 1970s and the Cap is increasingly a residential suburb of Trois-Rivières. The... Read MORE...

2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Cap-de-la-Madeleine:
Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-du-Cap: This is the heart and soul of Cap-de-la-Madeleine. The shrine is a major pilgrimage site and a place of spiritual significance. Visitors can explore the stunning basilica, walk the serene grounds, and attend mass or other religious events. The annual Feast of the Assumption draws thousands of pilgrims.

Promenade de la Sainte-Vierge: This picturesque boardwalk along the Saint Lawrence River offers a lovely stroll with beautiful views of the river and the surrounding nature. It's a great spot for a leisurely walk, jog, or bike ride.

Le Rendez-vous du Parc: This charming park is perfect for a family outing. You can have a picnic, play on the playground, or simply relax in the shade. The park often hosts events and festivals, so be sure to check the schedule.

La Maison Rocheleau: Visit this historic house to get a glimpse into Cap-de-la-Madeleine's past. It's a beautifully preserved 19th-century home that offers guided tours, showcasing the local... Read MORE...

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