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This book is dedicated — to those, past and present — who have shared with us “the shadows of our forgotten ancestors” — and to our offspring — who flit in and out of the shadows.

A slim volume that is a combination of local history and a guide to finding the location of landmarks that no longer exist, A Walking Tour is one of the most-wanted Shoreline books.

In French and English, and with many old photographs, it shows us how it was when families from Montreal came to spend the summers in Ste-Anne, how the old church looked before the restoration, and what the Clarendon Hotel looked like before it burned down. Then there were the ice boating, wooden sidewalks, the locks?.

“Old photographs record the sights, a bilingual text records the history of this Quebec town on the Ottawa River and a glimpse of its colourful past.” THE GAZETTE (Montreal).

“So much information on that historic area, covered so well and so skillfully.” –Edgar Andrew Collard

Most of the photographs in the book are of buildings that no longer exist, so the reader can visualize the town as it used to be. The book was printed in Montreal by Lovell Litho Publications, which was established in 1835 – a historic press for a book of history.

John Bland’s Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Heritage Town: An Architect’s Perspective presents his own unique view of the town and is the perfect companion book to A Walking Tour.

Dedication: To those, past and present – John Young, Frances Rowley, John Bland, Grace and Marjorie Walkenshaw, Margot Deslaauriers – who have shared with us “the shadows of our forgotten ancestors” and to our offspring – who flit in and out of the shadows.

Heritage Canada, November-December 1993:
“Bilingual and visually attractive, with its many photographs of old buildings, this pocket-size book is useful as a handy guide to interesting sites, as well as a concise history of this waterfront town.”

Cassie D. Cohoon in The Senior Times, Sept 1993: “Explore Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue by foot”
Less than an hour’s ride from Montreal, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue is a history buff’s delight. To make it more accessible, author and local historian Judy Isherwood has put together a detailed guide to the town called A Historical Waling Tour of Ste Anne de Bellevue.

Ste-Anne goes back to 1972, when two fur traders, Louis and Gabriel de Berthet, built a trading post and small fort on the fief Bellevue. The voyageurs who started from Lachine in their canoes always stopped there. It was the last taste of civilization before the wilderness of the west.

The town’s past is retold in the bilingual booklet’s collection of historic facts and photographs.

Much of it is now gone: fort, fur trading post, voyageur canoes, and river barges have disappeared. The tiny farming settlement has developed into a modern college town of over 4000.

The booklet lists and describes 22 sites in all. Isherwood suggests that an excellent way to see the strategic location of historical Ste-Anne is to combine the walking tour with a cruise on the two lakes that border on the area.

A pleasant day’s excursion could start with the walking tour, lunch at the Simon Fraser house or at one of the many restaurants on the boardwalk, and then the relaxing boat ride on one of the lakes in the afternoon. Try to leave time for a stroll along the boardwalk.

If walking is a problem, the walking tour can be done by car. Make sure you choose a beautiful day.

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