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Located in the regional county municipality of Kamouraska in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, Sainte-Hélène covers an area of more than 60 square kilometers.

The parish was incorporated on July 1, 1855. As soon as the railway opened, the village was known as Sainte-Hélène-Station.

The municipality is located halfway between the cities of La Pocatière and Rivière-du-Loup, two regional economic centers, which makes it a good compromise for people sharing their professional activities between these two cities.

Today, Saint Helena is renowned for its thriving dairy industry. The Saint Helena Chicken Festival is an annual event attracting more than a few thousand people each time.

The name of the parish honors Hélène, the daughter of the lord of Kamouraska in 1790, Pascal-Jacques Taché. By the same token, we pay homage to Saint Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine the Great.

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It was at the beginning of the 19th century that the first families settled here, particularly in the rang de la Pinière. This place is then called the colony of St-Roch since settlers came from the parish of St-Roch on the South Shore.

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The parish of Sainte-Hélène was erected in 1846, following the request of the parishioners of Saint-André, Saint-Pascal and Kamouraska to Monsignor Signay, Bishop of Quebec.
The territory of the new parish includes parts of areas belonging to Saint-André, Saint-Pascal and Kamouraska and even the seigniories of Grandville and Islet-du-Portage.
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In 1847, Joseph Morin built the church for the new parish out of timber. It is believed to be one of the only churches in Quebec built using this method. Its tabernacle is considered the oldest in Canada, dating from the 17th century.

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The parish was incorporated on July 1, 1855. As soon as the railway opened, the village was known as Sainte-Hélène-Station.

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In 1871, Mrs. Philomène Hamel, wife of the notary Napoléon Michaud, was appointed station master at the Sainte-Hélène station. It was an exceptional appointment at a time when it was very rare to see a woman hold such a position.

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The local post office was known as Sainte-Hélène before it was changed in 1876 to Sainte-Hélène-de-Kamouraska.

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1890 - Ste. Helene
Ste. Helene. post vil., Quebec, co. Kamouraska. 95 m. from Levis.
The Pocket Atlas and Gazetteer of the Dominion of Canada John George Bartholomew John Murdoch Harper January 1, 1890 London : J. Walker
In 1923, Mr. Jean-Baptiste Landry became one of the first dealers in Kamouraska by opening the Sainte-Hélène garage, where he sold Ford, De Soto, Studebaker and other models.

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2023 - Here is a list of places to go and things to do in and around Sainte-Hélène-de-Kamouraska:
Explore the Village: Start your visit by taking a leisurely stroll through the village itself. The narrow streets and well-preserved heritage homes offer a glimpse into the history of this picturesque region.

Church of Sainte-Hélène: The village's beautiful church is a must-visit. Its architecture is a blend of neoclassical and gothic styles, and the interior is equally stunning. Even if you're not religious, the church is worth admiring for its cultural and historical significance.

Kamouraska Regional Park: Just a short drive from Sainte-Hélène-de-Kamouraska, you'll find this beautiful park. It's a fantastic place for hiking, picnicking, and enjoying nature. There are several trails suitable for different levels of hikers, so you can choose one that suits your preferences.

La Roche à Veillon: If you're a fan of geological wonders, don't miss La Roche à Veillon. This massive rock formation stands impressively along the shores of the St. Lawrence River and offers stunning... Read MORE...

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