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Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec

Salaberry-de-Valleyfield is a city located in the Montérégie region of Quebec, on Grande Ile, between the two streams of the St Lawrence.  Valleyfield lies just off the AutoRoute 20 to Ontario’s Highway 401, and just off the AutoRoute 30 Montreal South Bypass. The city has excellent cultural and recreational facilities, including parks, museums, and theaters. The proximity to the St. Lawrence River provides opportunities for water-based activities.

History of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield

The Montreal region was initially inhabited by Indigenous peoples, including the Mohawk and Algonquin, which both had a significant presence along the St. Lawrence River.

The first French explorers and settlers arrived in the 1600s. The seigneurie (feudal land grant) of Salaberry was established in 1732, named after Charles de Salaberry, a military officer. You can recognize land grants from that era by long narrow strips of land running perpendicularly from the river, typically separated by hedgerows or tree windbreaks.

Following the British conquest of New France in 1760, the area came under British control. The seigneurial system was gradually replaced by British land policies.

Over the 1800s, the development of canals along the St. Lawrence River contributed significantly to the industrialization of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. The Beauharnois Canal, completed in 1845, facilitated the transport of goods and spurred economic growth.

Salaberry-de-Valleyfield grew to be the home of several industries including textile mills, foundries, and chemical industries, who benefitted from access to resources and markets through water transport.

During World War II, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield played a crucial role as an industrial hub supporting the war effort. The city’s chemical industries produced a variety of war materials.

In recent decades, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield has diversified its economy to become a regional center for commerce and services. Its historic downtown area reflects its industrial past, and heritage buildings are undergoing revitalization and preservation.

Salaberry-de-Valleyfield Attractions

Musée de Société des Deux-Rives (MUSO)

 21 Rue Dufferin, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC J6S 1Y1
(450) 370-4855
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MUSO is a museum that showcases the culture and history of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. It often features exhibits, artifacts, and educational programs.

Parc régional des Îles de Saint-Timothée

240, rue Saint-Laurent, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, J6S 6B9
450 377-1117
Website

Îles-de-Saint-Timothée Regional Park is a regional park on two islands located in the St. Lawrence River with green spaces, walking trails, and picnic areas. In winter, an oval ice rink and a covered outdoor rink are available. In any season, you can enjoy a playground area, walking trails and over 100 species to observe.

Salle Albert-Dumouchel

169, rue Champlain, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield (QC) J6T 1X6
450 373-5794
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A cultural venue and theatre that hosts various events, including concerts, theatrical performances, and other cultural activities.

Église Sainte-Cécile

123 Rue Alphonse-Desjardins, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC J6T 6J6
(450) 373-0674
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Sainte-Cécile Church is a historic church in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield known for its architecture and religious significance.

Parc Delpha-Sauvé

209 Rue Sainte-Cécile, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC J6T 1M4
(450) 370-4390
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A public park with playgrounds, sports facilities, and walking paths. It’s a popular spot for outdoor activities and family recreation. You can play tennis on its four courts or take advantage of its outdoor aquatic complex with the largest heated outdoor swimming pool in the region, eight training lanes, an active river, and a slide. There is also a baseball field, a recreational kayak and SUP rental kiosk and, during the winter, a sliding area made up of four lanes.

Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec Area Map