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Exploring Vieux Sainte-Rose, Laval
On a recent mild sunny spring day Honey and I went for an afternoon doorscursion in the Sainte-Rose district of Laval, directly north of Montréal.
A French settlement and subsequent Parrish in the area was initially founded in 1740, with incorporation of the village under the name of Sainte-Rose taking place in 1858.
Over the years the church, which I’m saving for a future post, was rebuilt or expanded four times.
Sitting on the northern part of Île-Jésus on the shores of the Rivières des Milles-Iles, Ste-Rose became somewhat of a resort/vacation community for semi-affluent Montréal merchants, after the Sainte-Rose Boating Club was founded in 1889.
As newcomers moved in the village gradually grew into a small town and was formally annexed into the city of Laval back in 1965.
The old historical section of town, Vieux Sainte-Rose, is dotted with well preserved 150-200 year-old homes,
many of which have been converted into bistros, restaurants, bakeries, antiques shops and art galleries.
Even today with its shops and restaurants and lovely old homes, the area gets lots of visitors, especially in the summer months.
But it really is a delightful place to visit on a nice sunny day just about any time of year.
As always, thanks so such for visiting 🙂
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