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Around Hudson

Date of the hike:    Sunday 07 December 2014

Location:                Hudson

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A hike around Hudson 

Leader: Terry Browitt

Distance: about 10 km

Level: Intermediate (Levels of difficulty for hikes)

Ascent: none

Dear Hikers,

On Sunday, December 7th I will lead a hike around Hudson.

Because of the uncertainty of the weather and snow conditions this time of year we will repeat the "Around Hudson" hike that Martin Hofton organized last December. This route can be walked even in moderate snow or rain, it can also be modified on the fly and we are never too far from our cars.

We will meet at 9:00 am for a 9:15 am departure in the parking opposite the SAQ on the corner of Selkirk and Main Road in Hudson.

We will proceed along Main Road to St James Church then via the Clarke Sydenham Nature Conservatory to the top of Birch Hill before crossing in front of Whitlock Golf and Country Club on the new road. Along St Charles to Dwyer Park and then follow the Viviry River to Sandy Beach with a great view of Lac des Deux-Montagnes and Oka. We will finish the hike at Cunningham’s Pub on Cameron where those who are interested can join together and have a pint of beer or a glass of wine to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season. The walk will be about 10 km. Apart from a section on Main Road; it will be mostly on woodland trails and we should be at the Pub around 11:30. Non hiking spouses, partners and friends are welcome to join us at this point for the festive celebrations.

There will be no charge for this event other than usual club dues but we would like to give the management of the Pub some idea of how many people will be present For those who would like to stay for a drink after the hike, please register by clicking on the LIST before November 26, 2014, this is a non binding commitment. Everyone will of course be responsible for their own drinks and food bill.

Wear good walking shoes or boots and dress warmly as the wind can be fierce off the lake.

We are hoping to have long time Hudson residents and historians on this walk to explain the various attraction and answer questions, however in preparation you might want to catch up on local history by reading the following, prepared by Martin Hofton.

A BIT OF HISTORY

In the early 1800's Michel Eustache Gaspard Alain Chartier de Lotbinière died, leaving one each of his three seigneuries, Vaudreuil, Lotbinière and Rigaud to each of his three daughters. The husband of Louise, his eldest daughter, Robert Unwin Harwood, a 31 year old Englishmen, became the new seigneur of Vaudreuil. Other early English settlers were the Whitlock’s and Matheson’s. Due to terrible poverty in Britain, by 1837 there were more than 400 non French speaking immigrants, mostly from Cumberland, and many named Hodgson, farming the area of Como, Côte St Charles and Cavagnal. In 1865, a new post-office in Cavagnal was opened by George Matthews, a rich entrepreneur which he named "Hudson" after the maiden name of his wife Eliza.

The community grew rapidly and industry included sawmills, a glass factory, two ice companies which supplied the Canadian Pacific Railway in the days before mechanical refrigeration, and Hudson was also a stop off point for steamers plying the Ottawa River between Montréal and Ottawa.

In 1969, the three municipalities of Hudson, Hudson Heights and Como were merged, and with the building of the TransCanada Highway Hudson became more of a bedroom community for Montreal commuters.

Terry Browitt

             Please take note that pets are not allowed on hikes.

Members should have their card at each hike. The membership fees may be paid by cheque or with Paypal.

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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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 the Club’s policies and waiver and theparticipant guidelines, 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.

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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