Because of Ottawa River’s Quinchien rapids, located between the Vaudreuil Seigneury and that of Île Perrot, this sector of the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion has undergone a particular and unique development. Originally dedicated to agriculture, the Pointe de Quinchien was home to the manor house of the Chartier de Lotbinière family from 1765, a watermill in 1768 and a locked canal in 18161. However, the Grand Trunk Railway construction between 1854-1856 that linked Montréal to Toronto and the arrival of the first vacationers some 15 years later, led to the creation of a new village core (Vaudreuil-Station), which was officially named Dorion on December 30, 1890. In 1925, the landscape was further modified with the inauguration of the Taschereau Bridge linking Île Perrot to the Pointe de Quinchien. The influx of vehicles passing by encouraged the emergence of businesses, hotels, and restaurants along Harwood Avenue (Harwood Boulevard), which also joins Highway 17 between Montréal and Ottawa. In the 1960s, influenced by urban planner Jean-Claude LaHaye (1923-1999), Harwood Boulevard took on the appearance we know today (four-lane commercial strip model)2. In 2014-2015, a project to enhance Harwood Boulevard was launched in order to allow future redevelopment and to improve its quality and accessibility to its population3.
Sébastien Daviau. Manoir seigneurial de Michel Chartier de Lotbinière et la pointe Quinchien. Vaudreuil-Dorion, Musée régional de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, September 15, 2014, report presented to the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, 19 p.
Also, when citing this heritage tour, please do so as follows: Sébastien Daviau, Jean-Luc Brazeau, and Édith Prégent. If buildings could speak. A historical and architectural tour of Vaudreuil-Dorion. Vaudreuil-Dorion, City of Vaudreuil-Dorion / Musée régional de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, 2017, <https://www.circuitvd.ca>, accessed [insert date].
Jonathan Cha, Louis-Philippe Rousselle-Brosseau and Clémentine Hederer. Étude de l’évolution paysagère, de la perception citoyenne et de l’esprit du lieu du boulevard Harwood. Montréal, Jonathan Cha \ MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, May 25, 2015, p. 46.
Anonymous. Sur Harwood.Projet – programme particulier d’urbanisme (PPU). Consultation on October 15, 2015. Vaudreuil-Dorion. Ville de Vaudreuil-Dorion, 2015, 48 p.