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Lauzon, Lévis, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joseph-de-la-Pointe-de-Lévy)

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...It is hard to choose, but a few should be visited, and among these Point Levis stands first in geographical order and in interest of all kinds.

Landing at Indian Cove, where the descendants of those Iroquois, who got from the English Government so much a-piece for every French scalp, used to build their wigwams, to await the distribution of the annual bounty, one finds a splendid graving dock being built on the very spot where they hauled up their bark canoes. The cliff is a worthy mate for Cape Diamond. From its tree-lined summit rolling hills covered with houses, fields and woods, so that the country looks like an immense park, stretch back to the sky-line, in pleasant contrast with the abrupt outline of the other shore. The main street lies between the river and the jagged face of the rock. At each end it climbs the cliff in zigzags, between old houses whose fantastic shapes, peaked roofs and heavy balconies make the place seem like some old Norman town. At one point where a spring trickles down the cliff, a wooden stairway leads from the lower to the upper town. Close by stand the old and new churches of St. Joseph, the latter a huge stone building of the usual type, the former a rude little chapel, with an image of the saint in a niche over the door. Everywhere there is, as in Quebec, this meeting of the old and the new. The Intercolonial Railway trains shake the foundations of the old houses, and interrupt, with their shrill whistle, the chant of the boys at vespers in the College chapel. Tugs puff noisily along with big ships, where Wolfe's flotilla stole so silently under the cliffs the night before the battle on the Plains of Abraham, and barges of the same pattern as those in which his soldiers crossed lie side by side with Allan steamships. Back of the heights from which his batteries pounded Quebec into ruins, and where Montgomery's men, wasted with their winter march through the wilds, waited for strength to carry out their daring attack, three modern forts dominate the South Channel and the land approaches. Planned with all the skill of the Royal Engineers, their casemates are meant for guns beside which the cannon that last did their work here would look like pop-guns. The view from them is superb. On the east a rolling plateau, densely wooded, stretches to the distant mountains of Maine. Opposite stands Quebec, the lower town in deep shadow beneath the cliff, the upper town glistening in the sun. Up and down the river the eye can roam from Cap Rouge to Grosse Isle, and never weary of the colossal extent of mountain, river and

Lucius O'Brien - Picturesque Canada (1882–84), Page 88

Lauzon, a town in Lévis county, Quebec, on the St. Lawrence river opposite the end of the island of Orleans, and on the Canadian National Railway. Christened Pointe de Lévy by Champlain in 1625, in honour of Henry de Lévy, Duc de Ventadour, Viceroy of New France, it adopted its present name in 1867, when it was established as a village, in memory of jean de Lauzon, governor of New France (1651-6), to whom was granted the seigniory of Lauzon in 1636. Lauzon was incorporated a town in 1910. The principal industry of the town is the building and repairing of ships, and it has a dry-dock, 1,150 feet in length, and several saw mills and sash and door factories. There is also a good commercial college and a convent in the town.

W. Stewart WALLACE, ed., The Encyclopedia of Canada, Vol. IV, Toronto, University Associates of Canada, 1948, 394p., p. 1.

Lauzon, Lévis, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joseph-de-la-Pointe-de-Lévy)

Église de Saint-Joseph-de-la-Pointe-Lévy
291, rue Saint-Joseph, Lévis, QUÉBEC G6V 1G3
Established 1694
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Lauzon, Lévis, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joseph-de-la-Pointe-de-Lévy)

Quebec and Point Levis seen from Ange Gardien (1805)
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Lauzon, Lévis, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joseph-de-la-Pointe-de-Lévy)

Point Levi, Isle of Orleans, etc. from below the Citadel, Quebec (1840)
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Lauzon, Lévis, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joseph-de-la-Pointe-de-Lévy)

Canadian Scenery,
by N.P. Willis, Illustrated by William Henry Bartlett, 1842

Lauzon, Lévis, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joseph-de-la-Pointe-de-Lévy)

1882 - Lucius O'Brien - Picturesque Canada (1882–84)

Lauzon, Lévis, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joseph-de-la-Pointe-de-Lévy)

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Lauzon, Lévis, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joseph-de-la-Pointe-de-Lévy)

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Lauzon, Lévis, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joseph-de-la-Pointe-de-Lévy)

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1679 - Lauzon founded
1694 - Église de Saint-Joseph established at Lévis
1759 - French and Indian War - James Wolfe orders cannon to start firing on Québec from heights of Levis
that night Jean-Daniel Dumas leads 1,600 soldiers, mostly students, in a disastrous night attack on ...Read MORE...

1763 - April 18 - Marie-Josephte Corriveau alias la Corriveau hanged near the Plains of Abraham for murdering her husband Louis Dodier,
who apparently beat her; the corpse of the celebrated murderess is hung for a month in an iron cage ...Read MORE...

1832 - The Parish of St. Joseph de la Pointe Levi,
by regulation of Sept. 20, 1721, confirmed by an order in council, Mar. 3, 1722, extends 3 1/ 2...Read MORE...

The City of Lévis was born in 1861.
The founder of this new city was Mgr. Joseph-David Déziel (1806–1882). Many municipalities in the...Read MORE...

LEVIS, or POINT LEVI, the chief town of the co. of Levis, Que., is situated on the south shore of...Read MORE...

Quebec, Dec. 18. - The express train from Halifax on the Intercolonial which was due at Levis at...Read MORE...

Ville de Levis, Quebec

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Levis, Levis Town, or Point Levis, a city and capital of the co. of Levis, Quebec, situated on the...Read MORE...

1955 - October 28 - Fire destroys shipyards at Lauzon todayincanadianhistory/ index.php/ October_28
1989 - Lauzon merges with Lévis
Lévis, Qué, City, pop 40 926 (2001c), 40 407 (1996c), 39 417 (1991cA), area 43.55 km2, inc 1990, is ...Read MORE...

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