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A woman dressed in white is sitting under a tree in a small rowboat on the shore of the dike’s basin. In the background, the Church of the Visitation and its two bell towers on the shore of the Island of Montreal. The village with its many trees has retained its country-style charm.
Detail of a topographical map (early 1940s). From left to right: Laval, the Des Prairies River, and the Island of Montreal. The village core of Sault-au-Récollet, at the top centre. Lighter-coloured areas are less urbanized. The villages of Bordeaux, Ahuntsic, Youville, Saint-Michel remain relatively distinct from one another.
Stéphane Tessier talks about the first important roads leading to the Sault-au-Récollet parish and a few of the significant buildings on Gouin Boulevard.
Left of the photograph, a tram shelter south of Gouin Boulevard, at the corner of Papineau Avenue. A tramway car of the 24 Millen-Sault line passes in front of two houses that have since been torn down.
Oblique aerial view of the Des Prairies River in 1963. In the foreground, the newer, heavily populated residential neighbourhoods of Sault-au-Récollet. On the river, La Visitation Island, the hydroelectric power plant and, in the top right corner, the Pie-IX bridge in Montréal-Nord.
Placed on a table in the cider press house, this wooden model represents the apple press built by Didier Joubert and how it was integrated to the framework of the building at the time. The press consisted of a large lever that was progressively lowered by a human-powered screw.
The silhouetted character at the centre of the model is the artisan who oversaw the operations of the cider mill. To the left, the mechanism that allowed for the turning of the screw in order to increase pressure on the apples.
Stéphane Tessier talks to us about Didier Joubert, who built a cider press, on land granted by the Sulpicians.
On the left, children playing in the backyard of 10861 Du Pressoir Street. This flat-roofed, two-story home was added to the cider press house. In the centre, two adults are chatting on the back porch of 10865. The cider mill house was divided into two apartments, with differently coloured gable roofs.
View of the cider press house as it appears today to visitors of the Île-de-la-Visitation Nature Park.
On this photograph, taken in 2017, the wooden fence, the balcony with its inclined roof and overhang are missing. Two decorative iron balconies with staircases have taken their place.
Montage of two archive photographs. On the left: workers loading ice onto a truck in 1939. On the right, two men cutting ice from a river with a motorized saw.
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