History

A BIT OF HISTORY

Located north of the Quebec Urban Community, the Municipality of Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier occupies a total area of 441.17 km2. It is located approximately 25 kilometres from the centre of Quebec City. The inhabited areas are located mainly along route 371 and along the Jacques-Cartier River. Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier is located at the foothills of the magnificent Laurentians and has always been known for the courage, good will and determination of its inhabitants.

The first settlers are known to have built a road in 1812 joining the Jacques-Cartier River to Loretteville. They built their homes, sawmills, gristmills, Catholic and Protestant Churches.

In 1815, four businessmen from Quebec City got together to buy land owned previously by the Jesuit Fathers. These four men were John Neilson, Andrew Stuart, Louis Moquin and Nicholas Vincent.

This was the beginning of the formation of Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier and in 1845 was recognized as a municipality. The civil formation of the municipality dates back to May 18th, 1861 whereby the Municipality was divided into two municipalities: Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier and St. Gabriel West. One hundred and twenty-four (124) years later, in October 1985, these two municipalities amalgamated to form the Municipality of Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier.

The main characteristics of Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier are

:its family spirit, the harmonious existence between English-speaking and French-speaking people, the cooperation of all its residents and a highly developed community spirit.

The main economic activities include the poultry industry and a major recreational tourist centre, Village Vacances Valcartier. In addition, the economy is greatly influenced by the presence of a large military base.

PAST AND PRESENT MAYORS…

Mayors of St-Gabriel West

878-1881

 M. Patrick Cosgrove

1881-1882

 M. Ulric Gauvreau

1882-1884

 M. Thomas Brown

1884-1887

 M. James Burns

1887-1890

 M. Thomas Brown

1890-1895

 M. Samuel Clark

1895-1903

 M. Thomas Brown

1903-1909

 M. Lawrence Corrigan

1909-1910

 M. James Bowles

1911-1924

 M. Robert Hayes

1924-1930

 M. Thomas Knox

1931-1932

 M. Thomas Murphy

1932-1933

 M. James Clark (3 James Clark)

1933

 M. Albert Corrigan

1933-1941

 M. John Murphy

1941-1946

 M. John McCartney

1947-1955

 M. Cecil Rourke

1955-1961

 M. Simmons Crawford

1961-1967

 M. George Murphy

1967-1971

 M. John McCartney

1972-1985

 M. Donat Rouleau

 

Mayors of Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier

 

  1845-1846

 M. William Neilson

  1847-1856

 M. Hopper Ireland

  1857-1877

 M. Henry Crawford

  1878

 M. Arthur Wolff

  1879

 M. William B. McBain

1880

 M. Arthur Wolff

1881

 M. Thomas Dacres

1882

 M. William B. McBain

1883

 M. Francis Ireland

1884-1885

 M. William B. McBain

1886-1888

 M. Thomas Dacres

1889

 M. David B. McCartney

1890

 M. Charles Jack

1891-1896

 M. John McBain

1896-1903

 M. William B. McBain

1903-1905

 M. Lewis McBain

1905-1906

 M. Thomas Knox

1906-1908

 M. Andrew Brown

1908-1914

 M. Thomas Knox

1915-1922

 M. John McCartney

1923-1924

 M. William Neil

1925-1926

 M. Robert Goodfellow

1927-1936

 M. Alfred J. Hicks

1937-1940

 M. William Goodfellow

1941-1946

 M. Irven Jack

1947-1948

 M. William Hicks

1949-1950

 M. Neilson McBain

1950-1960

 M. William Hicks

1961-1969

 M. Russel Paquet

1969-1988

 M. Lewis Jack

1988-20..

 M. Brent Montgomery

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