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A hike on Île des Patriotes

Date of the hike:    Sunday 23 November 2014

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A hike on the Île des Patriotes

Leader : Carole Lalonde

Sweeper : Denise Auclair

Distance : about 8 km

Level : Easy / Beginner (Level of difficulty for hikes)

Carole and Denise invite you on a novel journey to and on the Ile des Patriotes in Valleyfield.

Itinerary :  Take autoroute 20 in the direction of Coteau-du-Lac and cross the Monseigneur Langlois bridge in the  direction  of  Valleyfield.  Immediately after the bridge, turn left on chemin Bord-de-l’Eau, and park your car in the restaurant parking lot near +QC+J6S+0B2/@45.2702325,-74.1626995,3a,90y,57.54h,87.23t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sbM7MOHA3lXulbkGvFPQUFg!2e0!4m7!1m4!3m3!1s0x4cc94e0a4624a935:0x1c324f3e935494ec!2s436+Boulevard+du+Bord+de+l'Eau,+Salaberry-de-Valleyfield,+QC+J6S+0B2!3b1!3m1!1s0x4cc94e0a4624a935:0x1c324f3e935494ec!6m1!1e1" data-mce-href="https://www.google.ca/maps/place/436+Boulevard+du+Bord+de+l'Eau,+Salaberry-de-Valleyfield,+QC+J6S+0B2/@45.2702325,-74.1626995,3a,90y,57.54h,87.23t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sbM7MOHA3lXulbkGvFPQUFg!2e0!4m7!1m4!3m3!1s0x4cc94e0a4624a935:0x1c324f3e935494ec!2s436+Boulevard+du+Bord+de+l'Eau,+Salaberry-de-Valleyfield,+QC+J6S+0B2!3b1!3m1!1s0x4cc94e0a4624a935:0x1c324f3e935494ec!6m1!1e1">436 blvd Bord de l'eau. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, but the landlord kindly agreed to let us use the parking lot.

Rendezvous at 9 a.m. for a 9:10 hike departure.

We will cross Boulevard Monseigneur Langlois and walk about  2 km along  chemin Bord-de-L’eau in the  direction of l’Ile des Patriotes.  Once we have reached the island, we will go in a clockwise tour of the island (about 4 km).  We will head back to the parking area  along the same route  (2 km). Hikers with a GPS will be able to give us the exact calculation of the trail on the island and that of the entire hike distance.

A little bit of history : L’Ile des Patriotes (Patriots Island ) has had a number of different names in it’s storied past: Large Island, «Soulanges Island», and then for a long time and until recently, Dondaine Island.  It was the property of Coteau-du-Lac, a municipality situated on the other side of the river.  Around the beginning of the year 2000, Valleyfield annexed this island and renamed it Ile des Patriotes in honour of the patriots who took refuge on this island during the rebellion of 1837-38.  Patriots Island was formerly separated in two by a stream, today the stream is dried up,  part is called Richelieu Island while the western part is called  Bosco Island in honour of  the summer camp which is located there.( Camp Bosco).  Moreover, the people of Valleyfield call this place Camp Bosco Island.(L’ile du camp Bosco)  Over a span of  forty years, a  crater was created from large quantities of  clay from the construction of  dams along the  St-Laurence River.  This depression in the centre of the island is always visible.  One can  also see a majestic old tree, which, who knows, may have been there when the Patriots who took shelter there.

We will walk around to a pebble beach on the St Laurence River, and from there, we will be able to see the south bank of Prison Island which is situated in the centre of the river between the historical fort of Coteau-du-Lac and Patriots Island.  Around 1780, the British cut down the trees on the island and constructed a prison that was visible from both sides of the river. There they locked up American rebel prisoners who could not have escaped from this island because of the rapids and strong currents as the level of the river was always very high during this era.  These days, the trees have grown up and the island is now a refuge for many species of birds (this era’s patriots?)

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November 23,  2014 - Ile des Patriotes - Valleyfield

On a cloudy and wet Sunday morning, the ramblers walked  on the trails of L’Ile des Patriotes in Valleyfield. It was an easy hike.

We were 17 persons who left the cars in the parking lot of  the Restaurant on the Blvd Bord de L’eau with the owner's kind permission. We wlked on the boulevard for about 1 km before the island entrance.

We took the trail , went on the river banks , saw a big old oak tree which needed 5 people to circle.

With the mist we could’nt see much on the other side but it was not cold.

We walked 5.7 km in 1h50min, we left at 9h10  and got back at 11h

No incident to report. 

Merci, thanks to Denise

PHOTOS(Carole)

PHOTOS


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NOTICE: Ramblers Association hikes are held rain or shine and will only be cancelled in the case of extreme weather conditions, such as an ice storm or thunderstorms. If a hike is cancelled for these reasons an email will be sent to all members and other people on our mailing list one (1) hour before the event is due to start. This cancellation notice will also appear on our website.

sign no animals  Please take note that pets are not allowed on hikes.

Members should have their card at each hike. The membership fees have to be paid by check or by Interac.

N.B. Guests are welcome and members are encouraged to invite interested individuals who can participate in our sanctioned activities once for free. Guests must register at invite-guest@lesrara.ca. After one free event, returning guests will be invited to join the Ramblers Association and pay the annual membership fee. Those people who, after using their free pass want to participate but not join will be obliged to pay $10 per outing.

All persons who participate in a Ramblers Club activity acknowledge having read, understood and accepted theClub’s policies and waiver, as posted on the website at www.lesrara.ca, and agree to abide by them.

NOTICE: Ramblers Association hikes are held rain or shine and will only be cancelled in the case of extreme weather conditions, such as an ice storm or thunderstorms. If a hike is cancelled for these reasons an email will be sent to all members and other people on our mailing list one (1) hour before the event is due to start. This cancellation notice will also appear on our website.

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