|Verchères Traverse, PQ|
Description: Range lights, known as Vercheres Traverse, were established on May 1 1902 to indicate the axis of the ship channel in crossing from the straight cut that then extended between Contrecoeur and Ile aux Prunes to the straight cut that extended between the point above Verchères and Cap St. Michel curve.
The Annual Report of the Department of Marine for 1902 provides the following description of the range lights.
The front light erected on the south shore of the river 8,570 feet N 57° 50' E from Vercheres village church is fixed white catoptric elevated 36 feet above the summer level of the river visible eleven miles in and over a small arc on each side of the line of range and is shown from a square wooden tower with sloping sides surmounted by a square wooden lantern standing upon a cribwork pier.
The first keeper of the front light was F. Xav Chicoine, and the first keeper of the rear light was Philèas Charbonneau.
The windmill, the most historic structure in Verchères, was erected between 1710 and 1737. The first recorded documentation of the windmill, built at the request of Jean-Baptiste Jarret, second Lord of Verchères, is in the Feodary Act of 1737 that mentions a "windmill built of stones, making flour...". The structure operated as a mill for over 150 years, but in 1902 it began working as a navigational aid for boats, a function it kept until 1949, when it was acquired by the municipality of Verchères. The communal mill was renovated in 1991 to restore its original purpose, and it is now open to tourists during the summer.
Located at the intersection of Rue St.-Étienne and Rue Madeleine, near the marina in Verchères. Grounds open, tower closed.
Grounds open, tower closed.
Pictures on this page copyright Kraig Anderson, used by permission.