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Boucherville, Quebec

Boucherville is a city located in the Montérégie region of Quebec, Canada. Boucherbille is just off the AutoRoute 30 Montreal South Bypass and on AutoRoute 20  from Montreal to Quebec City. It has a rich history that spans centuries, reflecting its Indigenous roots, French colonial heritage, and its evolution into a modern suburban community. Here’s an overview of the history of Boucherville:

Historic sites and buildings, such as the Sainte-Famille Church (built in the 18th century), contribute to the city’s character. The city also hosts cultural events and festivals that celebrate its history and diverse community.

Boucherville History

Before European settlement, the area around Boucherville was inhabited by Indigenous peoples, including the Mohawk and Algonquin who traded and travelled along the St Lawrence.

The French explorers and settlers arrived in 1667 when Pierre Boucher, already a prominent figure in New France, received the seigneurie (land grant) that included the area. The seigneurie became known as Boucherville in honor of Pierre Boucher.

Boucherville was primarily an agricultural community during the French colonial era, taking advantage of the fertile land along the St. Lawrence River.

With the British conquest of New France in 1760, Boucherville came under British control. The region continued to thrive agriculturally, and in the 19th century, industrialization began to play a role in shaping the local economy.

Boucherville’s strategic location along the St. Lawrence River gave it access to transportation, including new railways and roads, which facilitated trade and transportation of goods.

n the 1900d, Boucherville saw urbanization and modernization, moving from agriculture to more residential and commercial development. With its proximity to Montreal, it transformed into a suburban community.

Boucherville Attractions

Parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville

55 Île Sainte Marguerite, Boucherville, QC J4B 5J6
(450) 928-5088
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A provincial park offering a natural escape with trails, wildlife observation, and outdoor activities.

Vieux Boucherville (Old Boucherville)

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Explore the historical district with its charming architecture, boutiques, and restaurants. With its narrow streets and its numerous ancestral houses, Vieux-Boucherville will make you experience the charm of yesteryear. Discover the cultural life and explore the many centers of interest in the neighborhood. Top buildings of note include:

  • The Church Square
  • The Holy Family Church (1801)
  • The old presbytery

Boucherville Islands

The islands around Boucherville, including Île Sainte-Marguerite, provide scenic landscapes and potential outdoor activities.

The Broquerie Park

A stop at De La Broquerie Park is a must. A true haven of peace on the banks of the Saint-Laurent River where you can admire the remains of the Villa De La Broquerie and the superb house known as Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine, classified as a historic monument. The house, open to visitors, offers several exhibitions and offers a diverse cultural program.

Joseph-Laramée Park and Léandre-Lacaille Park

Located in the heart of Old Boucherville, these two parks offer a breathtaking view of the river and the Îles-de-Boucherville. You can stop there to have a picnic, relax, or just swing and admire the sunset. Why not take a break there during your next bike ride?

Boucherville, Quebec Area Map