Old Lauzon : Epic & Tragic History

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Discover the vestiges of a mysterious and sometimes glorious past and live again the great years of Old Lauzon, punctuated by some tragic stories. Old Lauzon, also known as Pointe-Lévy, is located nearby Old Lévis.

Lauzon, with Pointe-Lévy and its Seigneurie, goes back to the beginnings of New France. Guillaume Couture, humble carpenter turned diplomat and explorer, will be the first to settle on the South Shore.

The area of Pointe-Lévy will live its worst hours during the siege of Quebec City (1759) and will suffer again following the Conquest. It is also in Lauzon that the legend of Corriveau, the first French-Canadian legend, will be born, since it was there that she was exposed.

The nineteenth and twentieth centuries bring their share of opportunities and challenges. Lauzon’s fate will then be tied to Davie Shipyard, a provider of jobs, pride and a lot of stories.

Although unknown, it is a fascinating and endearing historic district that you will discover.

You might see

Guillaume Couture monument, St. Joseph church, street and school, St. Anne and St. François-Xavier chapels, Jésus-Marie school and  Davie Shipyard.


We would like to thank the Société d’Histoire de Lévis, Messrs. V. Couture and Poisson (son and father) for their great help and their time.


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Meeting location

Monument Guillaume Couture, Corner Saint-Joseph and Saint-Narcisse Streets, Lévis (QC, Canada).

How to get there ?

Behind the Saint-Joseph Church in Lévis on Saint-Joseph Street. There’s a small park with the statue of Guillaume Couture. Meeting location is in front of this statue. From Highway 20 (Jean-Lesage) take exit #327.

Illustrations

Keywords
Davie shipyard, François Bissot (1613-1673), Guillaume Couture (1618-1701), Jean de Lauson (1584-1666), La Corriveau, Saint-Joseph-de-la-Pointe-Lévy
Languages available
The Classic Tour “Old Lauzon : Epic & Tragic History” is usually provided in the following languages: French (français), English. Private Tours are available in these languages and more. Please contact us if you would like a Private Tour, especially if you speak a language which isn’t mentioned here.
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