Boischatel is a municipality located on the east of Quebec City, in Quebec Region, in Québec, in Canada. The village lies along the North Shore of St Lawrence River and faces the Île d'Orléans. It is the gateway to the Côte-de-Beaupré.
Apart from the two golf clubs, Parc de la Chute Montmorency, recreational tourism activities along the St. Lawrence River and local businesses, the municipal territory is mainly residential.
Boischatel is the youngest municipality in the RCM La Côte-de-Beaupré; it was incorporated in 1920 from part of the territory of L'Ange-Gardien, which was formerly called the Sault, because of its proximity to the Montmorency Falls. The beginning of the colonization of this area began around 1664. Its territory corresponds to the stronghold of Charleville. Le Sault has a distinctive demographic and economic development from its original parish. Initially, agriculture was the main economic activity, with about twenty farms. Then its economy diversified in the 19th century thanks to its hydraulic power: notably the Patterson saw and the Dominion Textile spinning mill. Then came the development of a hydroelectric power station at Montmorency Falls. At the start of the 20th century, the Montmorency-Charlevoix railway became the Québec Railway Light and Power; it served as rail transport with the industries of Sault-Montmorency and the city of Quebec.
Before November 23, 1991, this municipality was designated "Saint-Jean-de-Boischatel".
The municipality of Boischatel is located on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River and on the east shore of the Montmorency River. It is surrounded by the Beauport borough of Quebec City, as well as by the municipality of L'Ange-Gardien and the regional county municipality of L'Île-d'Orléans (opposite). On the river side, the municipal boundary stretches over three kilometers, from the Montmorency Falls (on the West side) and the municipality of L'Ange-Gardien (on the east side). The municipal territory includes plateaus arranged in stairs and sandy valleys between the Laurentians to the north and the St. Lawrence River. Montmorency Falls is located partly in Boischatel.
The heart of the municipal territory is the Royal Quebec Golf Club. The municipal territory is generally wooded. The urban part is divided into three main areas:
- along the river (around avenue Royale (route 360) and boulevard Sainte-Anne (route 138);
- part near the Montmorency River and south of the Ferrée River, on the plateau;
- part north of the river Ferrée, on the plateau.
The maximum altitude of the municipal territory is 358 metres (1,175 ft) in the northern part of the territory where there are many hills of the Laurentian range. The Ferrée River crosses the municipality to flow onto the east bank of the Montmorency River. Boischatel has a generous plant cover, promoting the quality of life of residents.
- From Quebec City (17 km, time: 19 min), take Highway 440 eastbound to Boischatel, then take Côte de l'Eglise; Royal Boulevard (westbound); rue Bédard (northbound); chemin des Mas (eastbound); rue des Rochers (northbound); River Street (West).
- From Montréal (279 km, time: 2 hr 53 min), take Autoroute 20 eastbound to Quebec; Highway 73 North; Highway 40 East to the Boulevard des Chutes exit (route 360) which becomes Boulevard Royal in Boischatel; take rue Notre-Dame (northbound); take rue des Onyx to rue des Marais.
- 1 Intercar, Stops at 5572, boulevard Sainte-Anne, ☏ , toll-free: , email@example.com. Operates bus routes within Quebec. Operates a daily route between Baie-Comeau and Montreal including stops in Forestville, Tadoussac, Baie-Sainte-Catherine, Saint-Siméon, La Malbaie, Clermont, Saint-Hilarion, Baie-Saint-Paul, Saint-Tite-des-Caps, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Boischatel, and Quebec City. Trips toward Baie-Comeau start from Quebec City and do not include a stop in Montreal.
Boischatel is crossed from east to west by avenue Royale (route 360) and by boulevard Sainte-Anne (route 138) which runs along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River. While in the north-south direction, the municipality is crossed by rue Notre-Dame, rue des Saphirs, rue des Rochers and boulevard Trudelle.
- 1 Montmorency Falls Park (Parc de la Chute-Montmorency), 5300, boulevard Sainte-Anne, Beauport, ☏ . Park between river and cliffs, located at the limits of the cities of Quebec and Boischatel, highlighting the Montmorency Falls (83 meter drop), the highest fall in Quebec. This park is administered by SÉPAQ. This park has 950,000 visitors a year. The walk in the park is spectacular and pleasant facing the panorama of the falls, the surrounding cliffs, the bay and the river. The via ferrata and zip line will stimulate adrenaline seekers. The park offers activities in all seasons. The park can be explored from various angles: on foot, by cable car, from the Manoir Moontmorency, the park along the Montmorency River or the park on the side of Boischatel (accessible by Avenue Royale, at the height of the bridge).
- Caves of Boischatel (Grottes de Boischatel). Explored for approximately 3,000 m and which are the longest in Canada east of the Rockies. The underground network includes roughly parallel galleries which drain from north to south the waters of the Ferrée River towards the Montmorency River. The known underground network covers an area of 450 m by 300 m. The gauge of the underground conduits varies from 30 to 50 cm, including rooms whose height varies between 8 to 12 m, and sometimes wide of more than 7 m. The Boischatel cave is operated under the aegis of the Société québécoise de spéléologie (☏ ).
- Anse Park (Parc de l'Anse) (Park accessible via Sainte-Anne Boulevard, near the Irving roundabout.), ☏ . Daily, depending on the season. Parc de l'Anse is the first waterfront park to have been developed on the Côte-de-Beaupré. This park gives direct access to the St. Lawrence River. Various facilities (e.g., picnic area, street furniture, local historical interpretation panels, parking lot) promote family activities or outdoor relaxation.
- 2 Vézina House (Maison Vézina), 171, rue des Grenadiers. Built at the time of New France, the Maison Vézina is a historical heritage because eight generations of Vézina lived there, before this building was acquired by the municipality. Today, this house is a place of socio-cultural life in Boischatel, and even in Côte-de-Beaupré. Two podcasts have been created to inform the public about the history of this historic building.
- 3 River Domain (Domaine de la Rivière), 135, rue des Émeraudes (along the Montmorency River on a peninsula), firstname.lastname@example.org. The Domaine de la Rivière offers several types of activities: outdoor tennis court, inground pool, water games for children, a floating dock on the river.
- Ferrée River (Rivière Ferrée). The course of the Ferrée River becomes underground at the level of the Royal Québec Golf Club; the water comes out further away, near the courses of the Le Montmorency golf club. Then, the course of the river flows into the Montmorency River. The course of the Ferrée River also presents a dry bed of a fossiliferous nature that the spring flood passes through.
- Circuit of the creators of the Côte-de-Beaupré (Circuit des créateurs de la Côte-de-Beaupré), email@example.com. As part of the Regroupement des Intervenants culturel de la CBD, local artists offer a tourist circuit comprising 28 stations, between Boischatel and Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, linked to various forms of art, meeting the creators in their respective workshops. and to visit exhibition sites and interpretation sites. This circuit concerns as much professional artists in current, traditional arts or crafts; it also includes a visit to an economuseum, a museum, a library, interpretation centres, art galleries or distribution partners. The creators' circuit website displays the map of La Côte-de-Beaupré and the 28 recommended resorts.
- Route de la Nouvelle-France (New France Road). Heritage, cultural and nature trail. Departing from Quebec, this route takes place on the Côte-de-Beaupré. In Boischatel, visitors can stop to see the Vézina, Jacob and Pageau ancestral homes, as well as the Manoir de Charleville. Opposite, the river offers a panorama full of life: passing boats, pleasure craft, fog, and clouds.
- BaladoDécouverte Vivre la Côte-de-Beaupré - Excursion patrimoniale (BaladoDiscovery Live the Côte-de-Beaupré - Heritage excursion), ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Visitors can independently experience the cultural and tourist experiences of La Côte-de-Beaupré through a podcast (French and English). This guided tour of 80 km is made up of 16 places, and includes two stops per municipality. At each place visited, participants listen to relevant themes related to the municipality and the territory. Participants must download the podcast before starting the circuit to discover the Côte-de-Beaupré.
- 1 Royal Quebec Golf Club (Club de golf Royal Québec), 65, rue Bédard, ☏ . Founded in 1874 (and established in Boischatel since 1925) and therefore one of the oldest in America. It has two courses of 18 holes each for an area of 1.5 km2 (0.58 sq mi): the Royal and the Quebec. The club has set up a women's section. Several tournaments are organized. It has a golf shop and a dining room. The club also has a golf academy, especially for private lessons or coaching, as well as corporate professional courses; it can be reached at: email@example.com. In winter, the club offers the public free access to its grounds for the practice of winter sports, in particular more than 16 km of double classic cross-country ski trails and 10 km of snowshoe trails.
- Véloroute Marie-Hélène Prémont. Cycle route of 55 km (34 mi) approved for the Route verte since June 2010. The cycle path starting in Boischatel up to the Cap-Tourmente National Wildlife Reserve, offers the landscape of the Route de la Nouvelle-France: Montmorency Falls, Moulin du Petit-Pré, hundreds of rustic and well-renovated houses... The Véloroute has cycle paths and designated roads. It has 11 rest stops.
- 2 Le Montmorency Golf Club (Club de golf Le Montmorency), 2700 avenue du Sault, Québec, ☏ . Golf course bordered on the west side by the Montmorency River. The club offers an 18-hole course (including 9 on Boischatel territory), for a par of 72. In addition to its regular members, the public is open to the public. The club can host tournaments for up to 200 participants.
- Boischatel in snow (winter festival) (Boischatel en neige (festival d'hiver)). Annual winter festival since 1999, with the mascot Bouli.
- 3 Aréna de Boischatel, 5770, boulevard Sainte-Anne, ☏ .
- 4 Sport Centre (Centre sportif), 160, rue des Grès.
|Routes through Boischatel|
|Montreal ← Quebec City ←||W E||→ Château-Richer → Sept-Îles|
|Montreal ← Quebec City ←||W E||→ Saint-Tite-des-Caps → Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges|
- 1 Québec City Capital of the province of Quebec, Canada. Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain. She is one of the oldest cities in North America.
- 2 L'Ange-Gardien Municipality on the north shore of the Île d'Orléans canal, on La Côte-de-Beaupré, whose history began in 1655 with the arrival of the first two settlers, in the Boischatel sector.
- 3 L'Île-d'Orléans The tour of Île d'Orléans is a must: hiking trails, wide range of accommodation (hotel, manor, inn, bed and breakfast, chalets.), local food shop, agrotourism, magnificent rural and river landscapes, art shops, museums, and great island history. The island was one of the first parts of the province to be settled by the French, and a large percentage of French Canadians can trace the ancestry of the island's earliest residents. The island has been described as "the microcosm of traditional Quebec and the cradle of French speakers in North America".