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Louiseville, Québec, Canada - LEglise de St. Antoine de Padoue

Louiseville, Quebec

This city is located in the heart of Quebec, in Mauricie, halfway between Montreal and the capital of Quebec.

The city was so named after Princess Louise, the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria of Great Britain. It seems that said Princess Louise never visited the place.

Most, or 99.6%, of the inhabitants of Louiseville are tight-knit Quebecers, so immigration is almost non-existent. The inhabitants of the city say they are proud to preserve and promote the French language and culture in a largely English North America.

Every year, in Louiseville, we celebrate the great Buckwheat Galette Festival, a great celebration dedicated to this very rich cereal.

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L'Eglise de St. Antoine de Padoue
Louiseville, Québec, Canada

L'Eglise de St. Antoine de Padoue
Hotel Chateau Louise, Louiseville, Que.
Louiseville, Québec, Canada

Hotel Chateau Louise, Louiseville, Que.
Louiseville, Québec, Canada


Louiseville, Québec, Canada


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1676 - Parish of St-Antoine-de-la-Rivière-du-Loup is established at Louiseville

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1722 - Louiseville founded
In 1714, a mission was formed by the Récollets who dedicated it to the patronage of Anthony of Padua. In 1722, the Ursulines owned the seignory and attempted to change the name to Saint-Antoine-de-la-Rivière-Saint-Jean but the settlement became known as Rivière-du-Loup or Rivière-du-Loup-en-Haut after the seignory or local river.
As early as 1730, the road, which is now a highway, allowed commercial links between New France and the ports based on the coast of the North Atlantic Ocean.
1816 - Post office opened at Louiseville (Saint-Antoine-de-la-Rivière-Saint-Jean)
In 1816, its post office opened. In 1845, the Parish Municipality of Rivière-du-Loup-en-Haut was formed, and abolished two years later in 1847. It was reestablished in 1855 as Saint-Antoine-de-la-Rivière-du-Loup, named after the parish patron and the seignory.
1833 - Église de Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue established at Louiseville
In 1845 (Louiseville), the Parish Municipality of Rivière-du-Loup-en-Haut was formed, and abolished two years later in 1847.
1855 - (Louiseville) was reestablished as Saint-Antoine-de-la-Rivière-du-Loup, named after the parish patron and the seignory.
1878 - (Louiseville) the main settlement separated from the parish municipality and formed the Village Municipality of Rivière-du-Loup.
Just one year later it was renamed to Louiseville in order to avoid confusion with another town called Rivière-du-Loup in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. The new name was a tribute to Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria, who had planned to visit the Mauricie that same year.
1890 - Louiseville
Louiseville, post vil., Quebec, co. Maskinongé, 74 m. by rail from Montreal.
The Pocket Atlas and Gazetteer of the Dominion of Canada John George Bartholomew John Murdoch Harper January 1, 1890 London : J. Walker

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By The Associated Press.

Louiseville, Quebec, Aug. 15 - Two investigators were ordered tonight into the grade crossing accident here early today that killed 22 persons and injured 12 others, six seriously. The Canadian board of railway commissioners and the Quebec attorney general's department will look into the tragedy.

A large truck, loaded with 43 passengers, rolled onto the open, unobstructed crossing in the path of the racing locomotive as occupants of other cars, stationary on the highway, called out: "Don't pass! Don't pass!"

A split second later the train struck.

The truck was splintered. Bodies were catapulted dozens of feet onto the right-of-way, under the wheels of the freight train.
As it knifed through the mass of human forms, the locomotive applied its brakes. Brake shoes shrieked. A handful of spectators sat transfixed. Flung 90 feet and tossed into the ditch beside the right-of-way, the truck caught fire.

The occupants of the truck were returning from a ... Read MORE...

On January 1, 1989, the parish and village municipalities merged again and became the Town of Louiseville.
2023 - Whether you're a history buff, nature lover, or simply looking for a relaxing getaway, here are some places to visit and things to do in Louiseville and its surrounding areas:
L'Église de Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue: Start your visit to Louiseville with a trip to this stunning church. Built in the 19th century, it's an excellent example of Quebecois religious architecture. The intricate stained glass windows and the peaceful atmosphere inside make it worth a visit.

Parc des Voltigeurs: This park is a great place for a leisurely stroll or a picnic. With well-maintained walking paths, lush greenery, and a pond, it's a peaceful spot to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

Lac Saint-Pierre: Louiseville is located on the shores of Lac Saint-Pierre, which is part of the UNESCO-recognized Saint Lawrence River Biosphere Reserve. You can go fishing, kayaking, or simply enjoy the serene views of the lake. Birdwatchers will appreciate the rich avian biodiversity in the area.

Museum of the Mask: Located in Louiseville, this museum showcases the history and artistry of masks from around the world. It's a unique and fascinating collection that provides insight into various ... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Louiseville, Québec, Canada

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male ancestorMarin MARAIS (1641 - 04 March 1732) and female ancestorMarie DESCHAMPS (24 July 1656 - bef. 1695) married abt. 1672
male ancestorPierre GUIGNARD (GIGNARD) (9 March 1673 - ) and female ancestorMarie-Madeleine BANLIAC dite LAMONTAGNE (28 February 1683 - 29 July 1746) married 1 February 1702
male ancestorPierre DULIGNON dit LAMIRANDE (20 January 1656 - 14 February 1736) and female ancestorMarguerite GERLAISE (1683 - ) married 27 July 1703
male ancestorJean-Baptiste CASAUBON (9 November 1689 - 31 December 1755) and female ancestorMarie-Anne PETIT dite BRUNEAU (BRUNO) (26 July 1691 - ) married 25 February 1715
male ancestorJean-Baptiste TESTARD (8 June 1675 - ) and female ancestorMarie-Catherine CREVIER dite BELLEVILLE (1680 - 24 April 1727) married 4 February 1715
male ancestorPierre GERBEAU (GERBAULT) dit BELLEGARDE (28 August 1688 - ) and female ancestorMarie-Anne BANLIAC dite LAMONTAGNE (15 November 1698 - ) married 13 June 1717
male ancestorLouis-Joseph RIVARD dit BELLEFEUILLE (13 July 1684 - 3 July 1740) and female ancestorMarie-Francoise LESIEUR (8 September 1695 - 22 February 1758) married 5 April 1717
male ancestorJacques BARON dit LUPIEN (11 May 1693 - 22 May 1768) and female ancestorGeneviève PETIT dite BRUNEAU (BRUNO) (20 June 1696 - 8 June 1773) married 10 January 1718
male ancestorSebastien VANASSE (27 January 1682 - 3 July 1755) and female ancestorMarie-Suzanne BARON dite LUPIEN (11 May 1698 - 20 January 1760) married 7 January 1718

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