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Saint-Paulin is a parish municipality of the regional county municipality (MRC) of Maskinongé, in Basse-Mauricie, Quebec, Canada.

In addition to the main village, the municipal territory includes in its northern part the hamlet of Hunterstown, located upstream from the falls of Trembles and Le Baluchon-Éco-villégiature; in its southern part, the hamlet Le Bas-Fond located in the moraine, on the chemin du Grand rang; the Renversy hamlet, around the train station; and in the western part of the territory, the hamlet Bout-du-Monde which is located on the east bank of the Loup River.

Understand[edit]

History[edit]

The municipality of the parish of Saint-Paulin was erected in 1847 by detachment from the municipality of Saint-Léon-le-Grand. The following year, the village of Saint-Paulin broke away to become a new municipality. The first wooden chapel was erected in 1848, and the stone parish church in 1887.

The heart of the village was built around the intersection of rue Laflèche (north-south direction) which is parallel to provincial road 349, and rue Lottinville which is partly provincial roads 349 and 350. The Centre Multiservice Réal-U.-Guimond was erected in 1994 and was inaugurated in March 1995. The locality celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2000.

Geography[edit]

The Rivière du Loup forms a north-facing semicircle, the radius of which varies between 3.5 km (2.2 mi) and 4.0 km (2.5 mi) around the centre of the village of Saint-Paulin. After heading north (in the northeastern part of the municipality), the course of the river branches off to the southeast (i.e. in the northeastern part of the municipal territory). Then, the Loup River successively crosses the Trembles Falls, the Chaudières Falls and the Magnan Falls. These falls are attractions for visitors. Upstream from the Hunterstown Rapids, a hamlet in the northern part of Saint-Paulin territory, the river surface is 150 m (490 ft) above sea level; after this series of falls and rapids, the surface is at 66 m (217 ft) at the foot of the fall in Magnan (located south of route 350), ie a drop of 84 m (276 ft).

The village of Saint-Paulin is crossed from west to east by the Saint-Louis River. The rivière du Roi (King's River) flows in the northern part of the municipality; before its mouth, its course bypasses Juneau Island (length: 1.9 km (1.2 mi)).

Economy[edit]

Economic activities in Saint-Paulin have mainly been: agriculture, forestry, small industries (eg: sawmill), local businesses and local services (eg: municipality, elementary school education). Recreational and tourist activities have intensified, particularly with Le baluchon Éco-villégiature and various other accommodations.

Get in[edit]

The village of Saint-Élie-de-Caxton is accessible by train, road, snowmobile and all-terrain vehicles.

By car[edit]

  • From Montreal (131 km (81 mi), 1 hr 34 min). Take Highway 40 (north shore) eastbound, to Chemin Caron in Louiseville; take Chemin Caron (northbound); take route 148 (eastbound) through the village of Louiseville; take route 349 (northbound) to the village of Saint-Paulin.
  • From Quebec (city) (175 km (109 mi), 1 hr 57 min). Take Highway 40 (westbound), to Trois-Rivières; take highway 55 (northbound) to the village of Saint-Étienne-des-Grès; take Chemin des Dalles (westbound); take the 2nd row (northbound); take route 350 (westbound) to the village of Saint-Paulin.

Get around[edit]

Gas stations[edit]

  • 4 Station service Shell, 2030, rue Lottinville, +1 819-268-2004. Collective bus transport.

Collective transport[edit]

  • 5 Les navettes Express, 2860, rue Laflèche (église), +1 819-840-0603, . Monday to Friday; four daily return trips between Sainte-Angèle-de-Prémont and Trois-Rivières for the Express-Vert; five daily round trips between Saint-Alexis-des-Monts and Louiseville for the Express-Orange;. Collective bus transport.
  • 6 Gare ferroviaire de Saint-Paulin (Saint-Paulin railway station), Route 350 (Station located 1.8 km south of the centre of the village of Saint-Paulin), +1 819-840-0603. Station served by the VIA RAIL passenger train.

See[edit]

Map of Saint-Paulin

Heritage tour[edit]

  • 1 Presbytère Saint-Paulin et église (Saint-Paulin rectory and church), +1 819-268-2015. The church was built in 1887, with stone walls. In 1898, the current presbytery was built.

Do[edit]

Events[edit]

Buy[edit]

Foods[edit]

  • 1 Boucherie Des 4 Saisons, 1665, rue Lottinville, +1 819-268-5184. Grocery store.
  • 2 Marché Tradition, 2456, rue Laflèche, +1 819-268-2028. Grocery store.
  • 3 Marché Croisetière St-Paulin - SAQ Agence, 2456, rue Laflèche, +1 819-268-2028. Wine and spirits market
  • 4 La ferme du Loup (The Wolf farm), 3660, chemin des Allumettes, +1 819 535-5856. Agri-food producer. Maple products.

Other businesses[edit]

Eat[edit]

Sugar Shack[edit]

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Chalet, gîte, inn[edit]

  • 1 Gîte Le Grandelinois, 3401, chemin de la Grande-Ligne, +1 819-268-2252, . Five rooms available to visitors.
  • 2 Le Baluchon Éco-villégiature, 3500, chemin des Trembles (Accommodation areas located on the banks of the Loup River, between the Chemin de la Grande-Ligne and the Chute des Trembles.), +1 800-789-5968, . Main places of accommodation under the aegis of Le baluchon Eco-resort: Auberge sur île (Île Baribeau), Auberge Damphousse, Chalet Le Canotier, Auberge de la Rivière and Auberge Le Baluchon. The Eco-resort bundle offers in particular: a health SPA, Nordic SPA, services for business meetings, gourmet table d'hôte, equestrian activities. hiking trails (35 kms), mountain biking or oversized tires (fatbike)... In winter, visitors can indulge in snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Le baluchon Éco-villégiature also operates a farm that raises Highland cows, parks, yaks, sheep and chickens. Visitors can also take a horse-drawn carriage ride on the site. Accommodation packages. Also offers a season pass..
  • 3 Aux berges du Lac Castor, 3800, chemin des Allumettes (The site "Aux Berges du Lac Castor" is accessible by the Chemin du Lac Castor.), +1 819-268-3339, . Accommodation service and outdoor activities: canoe, rabaska, kayak, pedal boat, volleyball, iron, pétanque, children's play area, hiking trails. In winter: sliding, skating rink and snowshoeing. Offer of shows and events.

Camping[edit]

  • 4 Camping Belle Montagne, 2470, chemin de la Belle Montagne, +1 819-268-2881. Offer of 120 camping pitches (tent, trailer or motorized vehicle) and four rental chalets. Section for seasonal campers.

Connect[edit]

Cope[edit]

Municipal servicing[edit]

Recreational activities[edit]

  • 1 Bibliothèque Jeannine-Julien (Jeannine-Julien Library), Centre multiservice Réal-U.-Guimond, 3051, rue Bergeron, +1 819-268-2026. Tuesday: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.. This municipal library is part of the "BIBLIO NETWORK of Centre-du-Québec, Lanaudière and Mauricie". Free.
  • 2 Salles communautaires (Community rooms), rue Adrien-Bélisle (Rooms located at the Réal-U multiservice centre. Guimond). Room capacity varying from 30 to 300 people. Rooms available for rental.
  • 3 Parc de Saint-Paulin (Saint-Paulin Park), rue Bergeron.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Saint-Paulin
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