Vercheres

Vercheres is nestled between the St. Lawrence River to the north and vast farmland to the south about 30 km downriver from Montréal, in Monteregie Region, on the south bank of the river.

The population is of 5500. The settlement was founded in 1672 by François-Xavier Jarret. It bordered the Iroquois lands and thus was highly vulnerable to Iroquois attacks. It was here, when in 1692, a 14-year-old Madeleine fought off an Iroquois attack and saved a group of kids. Her large bronze statue by sculptor Louis-Philippe Hebert stands beside the ancient windmill built in 1734.

A window on the river, Park des Pioneers offers a vantage point for admiring sunsets and cruise boats and freighters passing in front of the islands.

A short distance away, tourists can visit the last workshop that makes flat-bottomed wooded boats known as Vercheres boats. Vacationers can stroll along small working-class homes mainly built of wood, which are clustered around the church in the oldest part of the village.

During the summer Vercheres is still popular as a tourist resort.

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