About the Live Our Heritage Project —
Step into our past to Explore the unique bilingual Métis-sur-Mer community as never before. With thanks to Heritage Canada and community funding, as well as volunteer support, we’re expanding our original two walking tours to five with some driving or biking in between. On a calm day, with the right safety measures, it might even be fun to see parts of the Trails from a kayak, canoe, punt or small boat, just as indigenous peoples, and later sailors, fisherfolk, and Navy seamen, would have seen them. You also can drop in virtually, from the comfort of your chair, and find more than beautiful views of the St-Lawrence, historic buildings, and beaches. You’ll discover written and oral accounts of what it was like to live here 50, 100, even 200 years ago, some with photos of then and now.
Below this map of the trails are: (1) links to existing trails and details of proposed new ones (please share your ideas of places and stories to add by contacting Pam Andersson, Community Liaison & Archive Coordinator, (418) 936-3239, ext. 221, firstname.lastname@example.org), and (2) a fun spotlight on the place names and tea rooms of Metis, as well as details of our photo competition. Note: We also gratefully accept photos, documents and other memorabilia relating to the area and its people into our archives; Pam would be pleased to discuss whether you would like us to scan and return items or donate them.
Walk, bike, drive, or virtually hike along these paths of our past
While three of these walks and drives are being worked on, the Metis West and East Trails are fun to visit, and nearby Baie-des-Sables has one also. Take a look at the places we hope to add to the existing and new trails; call (418) 936-3239, ext. 221 or email your thoughts to Pam Andersson.
- Leggatt’s Point Trail (under construction)
- Lighthouse Point Trail (under construction)
- Concessions Trail (under construction)
Baie-des-SableS Trail (in French only at present)
Spotlight on …
- As the song goes, “Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home”. When the first Europeans arrived to settle on the inhospitable, tree-covered coast at Metis, they had to find temporary shelter, clear land, find food, and build a rough home. Over time, humble abodes were replaced by larger cabins, then two-story houses, and, later still, larger manors and mansions of then wealthy Montreal and Quebec families who had ‘discovered’ the benefits of the Metis AIR. Visit Metis and wander along its byways to see a time capsule of architectural styles and names of past and present homes.
- Remembering those who served, and serve today. The idea of a monument in Metis had been brewing for some time when thought changed to action in 2020, the 75th anniversary of World War II. Some older Metis residents remember when the Second World War exploded off their shore, recalling blackouts, rationing, convoys, and the British Commonwealth Air Training Program in nearby Mont Joli. People serving in the bombing school, when they had free time, were welcomed in Metis. Drop by the monument and memory wall named ‘The Torch’ when in Metis (138, rue Principale) or visit the Virtual Memorial at your leisure. (added November 11, 2020)
- Walk the line (our timeline, that is). Enjoy reading the bilingual booklet ‘200 Years in Time: Metis 1818-2018′. (added September 3, 2020)
- For those too young to remember, the Second World War came even to the shores of Metis. Listen to ‘Voices from our past – the Second World War’ to learn, from people who were there and their descendants, about what happened in the area between 1939 and 1945 – some sad, some amusing, all informative. (added August 21, 2020)
- The origin of many place names in the area has largely been forgotten, but no longer. Read ‘Behind the name’ for the history of the names of well-known and less-well-known spots you’ll want to see. Learn about with the area’s mermaid and local ghosts. Find out the real reason Métis-sur-Mer has its very own “Skid Row”. (added June 30, 2020)
- Pictures we need. We’re looking list of Metis landmarks we’d like photographed. You’ll receive credit for and the rights to any photos you send. And these photos – subject to the competition rules – can be submitted later for the ‘Then and Now’ photo contest. (added June 30, 2020)
- Where did the women go? At a time when a woman’s work was never done, and a woman’s place was in the home or fields, with the occasional church social or community dance, there was one thing that women could do without comment: visit one of the Metis Tea Rooms. (added June 30, 2020)
Financial support from: Canadian Heritage
Produced by: Heritage Lower Saint Lawrence