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Snapshot of the Region
With an area of 855km2, the territory of the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges is located west of the island of Montréal, in the administrative region of Montérégie where the Outaouais River and St. Lawrence River intersect, close to the borders of Ontario and the United States. Eleven of the 23 municipalities of the MRC are located in the Montreal Metropolitan Community territory. Containing a network of major highways 20, 30, and 40, as well National Canadian Railway and Pacific Canadian Railway tracks, the MRC’s strategic placement in the Ontario-Quebec Commercial Corridor is an ideal place for many businesses to begin. The vast green spaces and bodies of water throughout the territory of Vaudreuil-Soulanges are some of the unmissable parts of its unique charm. The region offers numerous recreational tourism attractions, like the Soulanges Canal, Mont Rigaud, the Lakes of Saint-Louis, Two Mountains, and St Francis, the cycling path network, many golf courses and equestrian centers, as well as many heritage and cultural sites. Among these gems of the MRC are exceptional locations like the Pointe-du-Moulin Historical Park, the national historic site of Coteau-du-Lac, La Maison Trestler, La Maison Félix-Leclerc, and even the Regional Museum of Vaudreuil-Soulange; these are all testimony to the rich history of the region.
The MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges includes 23 municipalities which are working together to achieve many different projects.
Discover the mayors who represent the residents of Vaudreuil-Soulanges.
Under British rule and following the American Revolutionary War, the manorial land tenure of the territory was called into question. Therefore, in 1854 the Feudal Abolition Act was passed, and the system was replaced by municipal and regional administrations. The majority of the 23 current municipalities of the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges were thus founded according to religious parish rules. In 1853, with the construction of the Grand Trunk Railway linking Montreal and Toronto, combined with the natural heritage attractions of the region, Vaudreuil-Soulanges began to become a bourgeois holiday destination. Because of this, new settlements cropped up, namely in Dorion and Hudson Heights. In 1899, the opening of the Soulanges Canal strongly impacted the countryside from Pointe-des-Cascades to Coteau-Landing, creating a good environment for trade, and economic and demographic development, particularly for villages on the south bank. Considered today as a historic jewel of maritime engineering, the Soulanges Canal was the most modern maritime project of the era thanks to cutting-edge construction techniques and an integrated electric power plant called “Le Petit Pouvoir” integrated into the canal, which provided power for the entire canal.
The Civic Center of the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges
In 1859, the council of the county of Vaudreuil called for the construction of the old headquarters of the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, located at 420 Avenue Saint-Charles in Vaudreuil-Dorion. With its neo-classical style, the headquarters is one of the oldest public buildings in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region. At first, it served as a place for the council activities, the circuit court, and the registry office. Additionally, it was rented out for meetings of the municipalities of the villages and parishes of Vaudreuil.