King of the North

An important figure in Quebec's history at the time the Laurentians was colonized:  was Father Antoine Labelle, nicknamed "King of the North".  In 1840, the dispute between land lords was at its worst, causing many of the younger generation to flee towards the United States.  It was at this time that Father Labelle canoed up the North River to seize Pays-d'en-Haut, the north of the Laurentians, believed by his people to be the promised land.

We credit Father Labelle for the founding of the "Ptit Train du Nord" of which, since 1909, has permitted stronger economic ties between once isolated communities and Montreal, and today is a scenic 200km bike trail.

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