Saturday, April 2, 2016

B is for Boucherville

I chose Boucherville for the letter B because right before Christmas I met a second cousin on my paternal grandfather's side that resides in the town of Boucherville about 15 minutes from Montreal on the south side of the St. Lawrence River. We now correspond regularly, exchange photographs of our family and have become great friends. Finding him was a gift.

Boucherville is one of the oldest municipalities in Québec. In 1668, Pierre Boucher began farming in the area and 4 years later received his seigneury, consisting of Îles-Percées and the adjacent islands.
Boucher secured the community against Iroquois attack by constructing a palisade. In 1843 a tragic fire destroyed almost the entire village. In 1856, Boucherville divided into 2 distinct municipalities: village and parish. In 1956, the parish lots with frontage on the St Lawrence River rejoined the village and a year later Boucherville was incorporated as a city. In 1963, the remaining territory of the municipality of the parish and the city of Boucherville merged. In 2002, Boucherville lost its municipal status when it was amalgamated into the new city of Longueuil.

courtesy - Bernard Gagnon

Old Boucherville is the original section of the city that contains the former village and Sainte-Famille Church. The neighbourhood is located between Saint-Lawrence River, the boulevards du Fort Saint-Louis, de Montarville et de Montbrun. Many of the buildings there are officially classified as historic monuments.

Iles-de-Boucherville National Park
courtesy - Stephane Batigne


  1. Nothing like establishing a relationship with a distant cousin to make your research efforts feel worthwhile. No wonder you have a special place in your heart for Boucherville.

    Returning the visit from A to Z ~
    Jollett Etc.

  2. What a pretty place! And glad you could get to know your cousin. That's lovely :)

    Happy B Day!
    ~AJ Lauer, an A-Z Co-host
    Twitter: @ayjaylauer

  3. Good morning from BC - I grew up near Montreal and lived in a few other places in Quebec for my first 40 years - I look forward to reading your posts and perhaps showing me some towns I never visited.
    Since starting online genealogy I have met and collaborated with over 20 cousins and you are right - it is a gift!
    My Genealogy Challenges

  4. Welcome to Geneabloggers! This is a great site. Maybe we should follow each other. Love the title of your blog.

  5. Forgot to tell you :-). My blog is also on the list of new blogs today. What about that we have in common that are blogs will have the same blogversary.


  6. Great that you and your cousin are keeping regular contact. Very interesting to learn about Boucherville and the photos are wonderful.

  7. Thank you for this! My great great grandfather was born in Boucherville and I didn't know much about it. I may have to visit!