Bike Rides about Town:
West Island Composite
Ste. Geneviève


Roger Kenner
Montreal, Qc,
Canada 2003

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Ste. Geneviève


Just past the northern end of St. Charles Road, one senses an immediate change in the nature of the homes lining Boulevard Gouin. From new and suburban, standing amidst large suburban lots, they become smaller and reflective of a 19th century style, crowded together on small city lots. One has entered the old village of Ste. Geneviève, the only original town along the north coast of the West Island.

Click to Enlarge (Taken on Sept, 1999 West Island Tour Ride)
Ste. Geneviève: Main Street
Click to Enlarge (Taken on Gouin Ride: Thanksgiving Day - 2003: ~14:30)
Ste. Geneviève: Looking East
along Boul. Gouin towards Church

 

As with most rural Quebec towns, the steeple of the old, stone church is the beacon of the centre of town.

Click to Enlarge (Taken on Gouin Ride: Thanksgiving Day - 2003: ~14:30)
Ste. Geneviève: Historic & Majestic Church

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on Sept, 1999 West Island Tour Ride)
Ste. Geneviève: Collège Gerald Godin-Construction

When I rode by in 1999, I saw the old being grafted onto the new, as the stone-walled seminary of earlier years was being tranformed into the new, French-language CEGEP of the West Island: Collège Gerald Godin. When I returned in 2003, all was completed


 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on Sept, 1999 West Island Tour Ride)
Ste. Geneviève: Collège Gerald Godin Collège Gerald Godin (Closeup)

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on Gouin Ride: Thanksgiving Day - 2003: ~14:15)
Ste. Geneviève: Collège Gerald Godin - Modern

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on Gouin Ride: Thanksgiving Day - 2003: ~14:15)
Ste. Geneviève: Collège Gerald Godin - Traditional

 

I was surprised to discover, though, something that I had never imagined. Behind the Cegep is a trail leading past an old stone tower dating, no doubt, from colonial times. The trail goes on to lead to a small island out in the river, where one has a great view of the bridge to Ile Bizard.

Click to Enlarge (Taken on Gouin Ride: Thanksgiving Day - 2003: ~14:15)
Ste. Geneviève: Historic Colonial Tower
behind Collège Gerald Godin
Ste. Geneviève: Ile Bizard Bridge from Riverside Park

 

Just east of the college, rustic Boulevard Gouin comes out at a new, modern intersection with the road leading over the bridge. Just inland one can see Pierrefonds Boulevard. At many places Ste. Geneviève is only a couple of blocks wide. It is completely surrounded by Pierrefonds (which was once the parishof Ste. Geneviève, as opposed to the town)

Click to Enlarge (Taken on Gouin Ride: Thanksgiving Day - 2003: ~13:55)
Ste. Geneviève: Boulevard from Ile Bizard at Boul Gouin
Boul. Pierrefonds in Distance

 

Ste. Geneviève is unique on the West Island. For one thing, it is the only place where one can find the two remaining trailer courts!

Click to Enlarge (Taken on Gouin Ride: Thanksgiving Day - 2003: ~13:45)
Ste. Geneviève: Plebian Sights on the West Island
Imagine Trailer Courts (2 of them!)

 

As one leaves Ste. Geneviève along Gouin, one heads along a short stretch by the open water, just before crossing St. John's Road and setting across the neck of the Pierrefonds Peninsula.

Click to Enlarge (Taken on Gouin Ride: Thanksgiving Day - 2003: ~13:45)
Welcome/Goodbye to Ste. Geneviève Pierrefonds: Ile Bizard Bridge from Waterfront Park
along Boul Gouin

 

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Prepared by Roger Kenner
March, Oct, Nov 2003