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Sorel-Tracy, Quebec

Sorel-Tracy is a city located in the Montérégie region of Quebec, Canada. Sorel-Tracy is just off the AutoRoute 30 Montreal South Bypass. Its history is deeply rooted in the development of the region and reflects its strategic location along the St. Lawrence River, where the Richelieu River flows into it. The city’s historical sites, such as Fort Richelieu, are preserved, and it has a wide range of recreational facilities, parks, and attractions for residents and visitors.

Sorel-Tracy History

Before European settlement, the area was inhabited by Indigenous peoples, including the Atikamekw and Algonquin nations. The St. Lawrence River and its tributaries were vital for trade, transportation, and sustenance.

The French explorers and settlers arrived in the 1600s. Sorel’s history can be traced back to the establishment of Fort Richelieu in 1642, which played a strategic role in the defense of New France against the Iroquois. Sorel was a key location in the fur trade, with fur traders and Indigenous peoples trading at Fort Richelieu. Agriculture also played a role in the region’s economy, with fertile land supporting farming activities.

Following the British conquest of New France in 1760, Sorel came under British control. The British established Fort Sorel, and the town continued to develop as a center for trade and transportation, at the point where the Richelieu River flowed into the St Lawrence.

Over the 1800s, Sorel industrialized with a focus on shipbuilding. During both World Wars, Sorel played a significant role in supporting the war effort and was heavily involved in building vessels for the Canadian and Allied forces.

After the War, Sorel-Tracy’s shipbuilding industry was challenged, so the city began to diversify its economy into manufacturing, petrochemicals, and services.

Sorel-Tracy Attractions

Biophare – Centre d’interprétation du milieu aquatique

180, chemin du Roy, Sorel-Tracy, QC J3P 1H7
450 780-5740

A science center focused on aquatic ecosystems and the Saint Lawrence River.

Parc Regard-sur-le-Fleuve

5 Rue Saint-Pierre, Sorel-Tracy, QC J3P 3S2
(450) 780-5600

A park along the Saint Lawrence River offering scenic views, walking trails, and green spaces.

Moulin seigneurial de Pointe-du-Lac

11930 Rue Notre Dame O, Trois-Rivières, QC G9B 6X1
(819) 377-1396

A historic mill showcasing the seigneurial system and the history of the region. Built around 1765, the Moulin seigneurial de Pointe-du-Lac is one of the most beautiful jewels of Quebec’s rural architecture and is classified as a Heritage site. The Mill is one of the few of its era to still have a functioning mechanism.

Sorel-Tracy Area Map