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Cap-Santé, Québec, Canada - Église de la Sainte-Famille, est. 1714 30, pl. de l’Église, Cap-Santé, QUÉBEC Source: Goole maps

Cap-Santé, Québec

The city of Cap-Santé occupies a vast area of approximately 55 square kilometers and is part of the administrative region of the Capitale-Nationale. Cap-Santé is located in the Regional County Municipality of Portneuf.

This locality, which overlooks the St. Lawrence on the north shore, is located on Chemin du Roy between Quebec and Trois-Rivières, about forty kilometers from Quebec. It has existed since 1709, although the first settlers settled there around 1679. In the past, it was known as the parish of Cap-de-la-Sainte-Famille, or simply the parish of the Sainte-Famille.

The city owes its name to the healing of an unknown disease from which soldiers who were garrisoned there benefited.

Cap-Santé is part of the association of the most beautiful cities in Quebec. Indeed, a large number of beautiful ancestral houses dot the city. From the Place de l'Eglise we go down to the wharf from where a magnificent view opens up on the St. Lawrence and on the cape of Pointe-Platon on the opposite shore. The river bends and narrows at this point...

The Jacques-Cartier River rushes down the Laurentian mountains from Grand Lac Jacques-Cartier to reach Cap-Santé via the Parc de la Jacques-Cartier. Today, Atlantic salmon are fished there. The salmon swim upstream to complete their spawning pilgrimage far up the river.

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Église de la Sainte-Famille, est. 1714
30, pl. de l’Église, Cap-Santé, QUÉBEC
Source: Goole maps
Cap-Santé, Québec, Canada

Église de la Sainte-Famille, est. 1714
30, pl. de l’Église, Cap-Santé, QUÉBEC
Source: Goole maps
Cap Santé on the St. Lawrence (1778)
Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1989-246-6 
Cap-Santé, Québec, Canada

Cap Santé on the St. Lawrence (1778)
Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1989-246-6
Canadian Scenery, 
by N.P. Willis, Illustrated by William Henry Bartlett, 1842
Cap-Santé, Québec, Canada

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

Cap-Santé, Québec, Canada


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1679 - Cap-Sante parish is established
1714 - Église de la Sainte-Famille established at Cap-Santé
A first stone church was erected there in 1714. This church was replaced by the current building in 1754. The church of Cap-Santé is classified as a historical monument.
In 1759, during the Seven Years War, the Chevalier de Lévis had Fort Jacques-Cartier built here and it was from this fort that in 1760, Lévis attempted to retake Quebec.
1825 - Melancholy Accident
From the Quebec Mercury of Sept. 24.

While the Steamboat Quebec was off Cap Sante on Sunday night about twelve o'clock, on her way to Montreal, Lewis Foy, Esq. one of the Commissioners and Agent to the Jesuit's Estates, who was a passenger, having gone upon deck, it is supposed, struck his foot against something near the gangway of the boat, and fell overboard. It is stated that he swam for some time, calling for assistance, but before the engine could be stopped, and a boat got out, he had sunk, and was lost.
Weekly Commercial Advertiser
New York
October 4, 1825
1832 - The Parish of Cap Sante
comprehends the S. of Portneuf, the S. of D'Auteuil, and parts of Jacques Cartier and Neuville. In this parish are 6 ranges of concessions in different directions. With the exception of Anse de Portneuf, the land of which is excellent, the soil of this parish is of indifferent quality. The roads in general are good. Horses chiefly are used for agriculture. There are 3 schools, 2 public and 1 private, each having from 20 to 30 children. - The small Village of Cap Sante is built at the foot of a hill on the shore of the St. Lawrence; it contains about 25 houses, and the church, standing nearly on the point of the cape, is a handsome building, usually attracting a stranger's notice by its exterior ornaments as well as interior decoration... Near the church is a parsonage-house and a group of other houses surrounding it, forming almost a tolerably sized village... In this parish there is no want of young persons who would be proper for making new settlements, but some have not the manes... Read MORE...

CAP SANTÉ, formerly LA SAINTE FAMILLE, the chief town of the co. of Portneuf, Que., is situated on the N. shore of the St. Lawrence, 31 miles above Quebec. It contains a telegraph office, several stores and hotels, and saw and gristmills. Pop. 400.
Lovell's gazetteer of British North America; J. Lovell; Montreal, 1873
1893 - Ferdinand Allard.
Ferdinand Allard has rediscovered the lost art of hardening copper. He was born at Cap Sante, Que., seventy-six years ago, and has worked at the blacksmithing trade for fifty years. He was in such doubt about his discovery that he hesitated to declare it until every possible test had been applied, but razors, ax edges and the finest knife blades have been made from his product, and Professor Laflumme, of Quebec City, says it is superior to steel for many purposes. He had experimented at intervals for thirty years.
The York Daily
York, Pennsylvania
January 24, 1893
1895 - Cap Santé / La Sainte Famille
Cap Santé, formerly La Sainte Famille, the chief town of the county of Portneuf, Quebec, is on the N. shore of the St. Lawrence, 31 miles above Quebec. It contains several stores, hotels, and mills. Pop.400.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Cap-Santé:
Visit the Cap-Santé Historical Site: Start your journey by exploring the heart of Cap-Santé, where you'll find a well-preserved historic district. Stroll along the cobblestone streets and admire the 18th-century architecture. Don't miss the beautiful church, Église Saint-Édouard, and the Maison Jos Montferrand, a museum dedicated to the famous local logger and folk hero.

Enjoy the Riverside Views: Cap-Santé's location along the St. Lawrence River provides stunning vistas. Take a leisurely walk along the riverfront promenade or have a picnic at one of the scenic parks. It's a perfect spot for photography, especially during sunrise and sunset.

Bike the Route Verte: Quebec is known for its extensive network of bike paths, and Cap-Santé is no exception. Rent a bike or bring your own and explore the Route Verte, which passes through the town. It's a fantastic way to enjoy the natural beauty of the region.

Go Wine Tasting: Just outside of Cap-Santé, you'll find several vineyards... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Cap-Santé, Québec, Canada

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female ancestorJeanne GRANDIN (1637, , France - 27 March 1712, Cap-Santé, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-du-Cap-Sante))
male ancestorRobert GERMAIN (1639, , France - 22 September 1723, Cap-Santé, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-du-Cap-Sante))
male ancestorSimon PLEAU dit LAFLEUR (1641, , France - October 1711, Cap-Santé, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-du-Cap-Sante))
male ancestorMathurin CORNEAU (December 1642, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - November 1717, Cap-Santé, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-du-Cap-Sante))
male ancestorMichel FRENET (FRENETTE) (1643, , France - 17 November 1717, Cap-Santé, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-du-Cap-Sante))
male ancestorJean CATELAN (1643, , France - 16 November 1712, Cap-Santé, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-du-Cap-Sante))
male ancestorMathurin MORISSET (9 May 1648, , France - 8 January 1717, Cap-Santé, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-du-Cap-Sante))
female ancestorGeneviève MEZERAY (5 July 1648, Sillery, Québec, Québec, Canada (Mission Saint-Joseph-de-Sillery) (Saint-Colomb-de-Sillery) - 10 January 1718 , Cap-Santé, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-du-Cap-Sante))
female ancestorElisabeth-Isabelle SALLÉ (SALÉ) (1651, Paris, France - 31 December 1722, Cap-Santé, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-du-Cap-Sante))

Ancestors Who Were Married in Cap-Santé, Québec, Canada

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male ancestorJacques-Roch RIPAULT (1663 - 14 May 1715) and female ancestorMarie-Anne AUBERT (1672 - 29 August 1712) married 6 February 1689
male ancestorGervais HOUDE (23 December 1664 - ) and female ancestorAnne-Catherine DENEVERS (24 November 1672 - 10 March 1744) married 24 November 1689
male ancestorMichel PINEAU (PINEAULT) dit LAPERLE (26 April 1662 - 9 April 1712) and female ancestorSimone-Anne BEAUDET (26 December 1673 - 26 April 1716) married 8 July 1689
male ancestorRobert HOUY dit ST-LAURENT ( - 12 March 1702) and female ancestorAnne-Françoise GAURON (1672 - 29 February 1748) married 18 April 1689
male ancestorPierre LEMAY (1671 - ) and female ancestorMarie-Anne GERMAIN (14 December 1676 - 10 December 1749) married 7 February 1695
male ancestorFrançois MERCURE (1666 - 18 June 1747) and female ancestorMarie CATELAN (4 April 1676 - 22 April 1701) married 23 January 1697
male ancestorHenri GERMAIN dit BELISLE (31 March 1675 - 31 December 1761) and female ancestorGeneviève-Elisabeth MARCOTTE (26 June 1678 - 19 December 1764) married 26 August 1698
male ancestorFrançois DENEVERS (1674 - 13 April 1753) and female ancestorMarie-Anne MARCOTTE (16 February 1680 - ) married 7 July 1698
male ancestorPierre DUMAS (1668 - ) and female ancestorElisabeth POUPARDEAU (2 December 1673 - ) married 2 January 1704
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