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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