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Kamouraska, Québec, Canada - Église de Saint-Louis-de-Kamouraska, est. 1714 76, av. Morel, Kamouraska, QUÉBEC Source:

Kamouraska, Québec, Canada

The village of Kamouraska stretches along the coast of the St. Lawrence estuary over an area of nearly 41 square kilometers. It owes its name to the river that flows there. This name would come from an Algonquian language and would translate as: "where there is rush at the edge of the water".

Although the seigneury of Kamouraska has been granted since 1674, it was not until the end of the 17th century that the first settlers settled there.

Kamouraska soon became the capital of the region, which would later be called Bas-Saint-Laurent.

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Kamouraska, Québec, Canada

Église de Saint-Louis-de-Kamouraska, est. 1714
76, av. Morel, Kamouraska, QUÉBEC

Kamouraska, Québec, Canada

Kamouraska, Que.

Kamouraska, Québec, Canada

Entrance to Fisheries, Kamouraska, Que.

Kamouraska, Québec, Canada


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  • 1674 - Seigniory Kamouraska, granted July 15, 1674 to Sieur de la Durantaie

  • 1711 - Parish of Kamouraska is established
  • 1714 - Église de Saint-Louis-de-Kamouraska established at Kamouraska
  • News  1829 - Melancholy Incident
    Quebec, August 27.
    A melancholy incident occurred a few days ago a little below Kamouraska. Two children of about six years of age, who had gone to gather fruit did not return home the same day they left the house. About dusk the anxious mother went in search of them, but in vain; eight days elapsed without hearing of them, when they were found dead in each others little embraces at the foot of a tree. What sufferings must these little innocent beings have borne before death.
    Daily National Intelligencer
    District of Columbia
    September 16, 1829
  • 1832 - KAMOURASKA,
    a seigniory, in the co. of Kamouraska, is bounded by the St. Lawrence; N.E. by Granville; S.W. by St. Denis; in the rear by Woodbridge and part of Bugay. - 3 leagues in depth by 2 in breadth. Granted, July 15, 1674, to Sieur de la Durantaie; now the property of Pascal Tache, Esq. - This very valuable and productive seigniory is remarkable for its salubrious climate, its population, the fertility of its soil and its delightful scenery. In the vicinity of the river the land is rather low, forming an extensive plain broken here and there by a few singular hillocks or rather rocks, crowned with a few dwarf pines and low underwood: it abounds with rich natural meadows and excellent pasturage the sufficiently account for the quantity and quality of the Kamouraska butter, so much esteemed in the Quebec market. The soil, in the front part generally, is excellent, being either a rich black mould, a yellow laom, or a mixture of clay and sand: towards the rear it gradually becomes less fertile... Read MORE...

  • News  1839 - Murder in Canada
    The body of a Mr. Tasche, the seigneur of Kamouraska, was found a little below Quebec, with a bullet hole through the head, on the 3d inst. It seems that he received his death wound at the hands of a Dr. Holmes, of Sorel, with whom his wife had been engaged in maintaining a guilty connexion [sic]. Dr. Holmes fled to Burlington, Vt., where he stated that he had killed Tasche in a duel, which he (Holmes) Had endeavored to avoid, but which Tasche had forced him to fight. The Doctor has been arrested at Burlington, at the instance of a police officer from Montreal, and at the last accounts was in custody of the sheriff. The Montreal Herald says that Madame Tasche has been arrested, charged with having been an accessary [sic] to the murder of her husband. She is accused of having twice attempted to poison him, but failed both times.
    Boston Post.
    February 23, 1839
  • News  1843 - Fire
    Le Journal de Quebec, of Tuesday last, states that the house of Mr. Pierre Chouinard at Kamouraska, was destroyed by fire on Saturday last occasioned by a child playing with lucifer matches in a room where he was alone with another child of eight months old, who perished in the flames. The mother was absent at church at the time, and the father was also from home. The fire took in the bed, and the girl who endeavored to save the child, was partially injured by the flames.
    Southern Patriot
    South Carolina
    June 22, 1843
  • News  1850 - Whales
    During the past month several large whales have been captured in the St. Lawrence, below Quebec. One of these animals, says the Quebec Mercury, seventy-five feet in length, was harpooned at Kamouraska. Another caught on the 17th September, was one hundred feet long.
    Daily National Intelligencer
    District of Columbia
    November 4, 1850
  • 1873
    KAMOURASKA, a county of the province of Quebec, bounded north by the St. Lawrence, and watered by the Walloostook, Kamouraska and St. Francis rivers. Area 651,235 acres. Capital, Kamouraska. Pop. 21,254.

    KAMOURASKA, a post village of Quebec, capital of the co. of Kamouraska, on the S. shore of the St. Lawrence, 4½ miles from St. Paschal, 90 miles. N.E. of Quebec. It is much frequented during the summer months for its fine sea bathing. It contains a telegraph office and 9 stores. Pop. 797.
    Lovell's gazetteer of British North America; J. Lovell; Montreal, 1873
  • News  1881 - Earthquake
    QUEBEC, Oct. 2. - A severe shock of earthquake is reported from Kamouraska yesterday.
    The Inter Ocean
    Chicago, Illinois
    October 4, 1881
  • 1883 - Kamouraska
    Kamouraska is situated on the right or south shore of the St. Lawrence, ninety miles below Quebec. It is a pretty town, built on a point projecting into the river. It has a fine catholic church, a court house and jail and a complete staff of professional men . It is the summer retreat of many fashionable families of
    Quebec and Montreal, but it is very little frequented by strangers, although it is certainly a very fine and picturesque place. The beach, along which all the white cottages of the village are built, extend over half a
    mile at low water. Of course, this beach offers many splendid bathing places.
    Guide to Quebec and the Lower Saint-Lawrence .... (1883). Canada: éditeur non identifié.
  • News  1890 - Free land for large families
    The Quebec legislature a few days ago passed a bill offering 100 acres of land to every man who is the father of twelve children. The persons entitled to this novel bonus appear to be numerous. At Trois Pistoles there are two families, named Roulette and Belzil, who each have fifteen living children. Another named Gingras, in Bellechasse, has no fewer than thirty-four children born to him. Still another named Cretion, in L'Islet, has twenty-seven, and one Villancourt, in Kamouraska, has just had his thirty-seventh infant baptized.
    Salt Lake Tribune
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    February 20, 1890
  • 1895 - Kamouraska
    KAMOURASKA, a county of the province of Quebec, bounded north by the St. Lawrence, and watered by the Walloostook, Kamouraska and St. Francis Rivers. Area 2,165,760 acres. Capital, Kamouraska. Pop. in 1871, 21,254 in 1894, 20,454.
    Crossby, Peter Alfred. Lovell's gazetteer of British North America. (John Lovell & Son)., 1895
  • 1889 - The Smallpox Outbreak
    Montreal, Dec. 12. - The reports of the board of health concerning the smallpox epidemic in Kamouraska are as follows: Out of the 210 cases originally discovered, 129 have recovered, 80 are still under the doctor's car, and 37 houses are still infected by the disease.
    The Ottawa Journal
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    December 12, 1899

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  • 1916
    Kamouraska, a post-village of Quebec, capital of the co. of Kamouraska, on the St. Lawrence River, 4 1/ 2 miles from St. Paschal and 90 miles NE. of Quebec. It is much frequented during the summer months for its fine salt-water bathing. Pop. about 250.
    Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
  • Modern Day Kamouraska
    Kamouraska, Qué, Municipality, pop 705 (2006c), 700 (2001c), inc 1987. Kamouraska is located on the south shore of the ST LAWRENCE RIVER, 125 km northeast of Québec City. In Algonquian its name means "rushes at the water's edge." In 1674 a seigneury was granted to Olivier Morel de la Durantaye. In 1714 the parish of Saint-Louis was founded. In the 18th century, Kamouraska was one of the largest settlements on the South Shore. At the start of the 19th century, the seigneury belonged to the Taché family, one of whose members, Sir Étienne-Paschal TACHÉ, served as prime minister of the Province of Canada (1855-57). Agriculture prospered in the area and the region was called "the granary of Lower Canada."

    In 1849 the first superior court outside Québec City was established here. Incorporated as a village in 1858, Kamouraska was an important tourist area in the 19th and early 20th centuries. People came to admire the countryside, breathe the salt air and bathe in the sea. As parishes... Read MORE...

  • 2023 - Here's a list of places to visit and things to do in the Kamouraska area:
    1. Kamouraska Village: Start your journey by exploring the heart of Kamouraska village itself. Stroll through the quaint streets lined with charming heritage houses, boutique shops, and art galleries. The village's old-world charm is perfect for a leisurely walk and some window shopping.

    2. Riverside Promenade: The riverside promenade in Kamouraska offers breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River. Take a leisurely walk or bike ride along the promenade and enjoy the serene atmosphere. It's a great spot for watching the sunset too.

    3. Kamouraska Beach: Relax on the sandy shores of Kamouraska Beach. It's a great place for sunbathing, swimming, or having a picnic with your family. The beach is also known for its stunning views of the river and surrounding cliffs.

    4. Kamouraska Lighthouse: Don't miss the Kamouraska Lighthouse, a historic landmark that's perched on the cliffs overlooking the river. It's a fantastic spot for photos and offers a glimpse into the maritime history... Read MORE...

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

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male ancestorPierre MICHAUD (May 1637, Notre-Dame de Fontenay, Poitou, France - 28 May 1702, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada (Saint-Louis) (Saint-Alexandre))
female ancestorMarie-Anne ANCELIN (ASSELIN) (7 May 1651, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France - 18 April 1729, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada (Saint-Louis) (Saint-Alexandre))
female ancestorMarie-Thérèse MIGNAULT (9 September 1651, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City) - 3 December 1728, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada (Saint-Louis) (Saint-Alexandre))
male ancestorPierre BOUCHER (8 November 1664, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer) - 21 September 1737, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada (Saint-Louis) (Saint-Alexandre))
male ancestorMathurin-René OUELLET (14 September 1669, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada - 1719, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada (Saint-Louis) (Saint-Alexandre))
female ancestorMarie GENEST dite LABARRE (3 November 1670, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada - 7 January 1761, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada (Saint-Louis) (Saint-Alexandre))
male ancestorJacques CORDEAU dit DESLAURIERS (13 September 1671, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada - 21 January 1747, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada (Saint-Louis) (Saint-Alexandre))
female ancestorJeanne LOIGNON (14 January 1671, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada - 27 August 1717, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada (Saint-Louis) (Saint-Alexandre))
female ancestorMadeleine THIBODEAU (1671, , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec) - 28 January 1737, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada (Saint-Louis) (Saint-Alexandre))

Ancestors Who Were Married in Kamouraska, Québec, Canada

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male ancestorPierre MIGNAULT (MIGNEAULT) (1695 - 8 February 1770) and female ancestorJeanne AUTIN (22 November 1693 - 1717) married abt. 10 November 1714
male ancestorFrançois MICHAUD (1687 - 7 September 1727) and female ancestorMarie DIONNE (7 September 1697 - 27 November 1766) married 1715
male ancestorJoseph MICHAUD (1 December 1678 - 3 July 1735) and female ancestorMarguerite OUELLET (2 Decmeber 1696 - 9 March 1735) married 10 January 1717
male ancestorFrançois OUELLET (12 September 1693 - ) and female ancestorMarie-Anne BOUCHARD (29 May 1699 - 8 September 1760) married 1 August 1717
male ancestorAugustin OUELLET (1694 - 23 March 1778) and female ancestorMarie-Anne AUTIN (8 September 1697 - 29 April 1732) married 7 February 1719
male ancestorJean-François AUTIN (27 November 1695 - 18 January 1760) and female ancestorClaire-Françoise LEVASSEUR (26 November 1691 - 20 June 1777) married 31 May 1719
male ancestorBarthelemy NORMANDIN (1698 - 4 March 1758) and female ancestorMarie-Françoise DUPIL (DUPILLE) (7 January 1686 - 25 December 1758) married 27 January 1720
male ancestorJean-Baptiste ROY dit DESJARDINS (15 August 1699 - 30 August 1781) and female ancestorMarie-Madeleine MICHAUD (14 February 1692 - 1 May 1775) married 5 September 1722
male ancestorJean-Baptiste MICHAUD (2 July 1701 - 7 August 1794) and female ancestorMarie-Anne-Cécile OUELLET (13 June 1706 - 15 January 1787 ) married 8 May 1724
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