Life in the archipelago : Île de Grâce

On the western end of Île de Grâce stand a farmhouse and its outbuildings, which were once home to Henri Letendre. Considered the last of the islanders, he spent most of his life in the home where he grew up. Many people once lived year-round on this island, and there was even a little school where Henri’s mother and aunts taught the local children. In 1947, some 50 families called the island home. The islanders would beat paths across the thick ice to access the mainland during the winter. In 1953, icebreakers began to clear the passage for ships throughout the winter and the ice bridges could no longer be built. Feeling isolated, most of the islanders left Île de Grâce. Today, the island is only accessible by boat and is mainly used by cottagers.
Centre d'interprétation de Baie-du-Febvre, Centre de la Biodiversité du Québec, Musée des Abénakis, Musée québécois de culture populaire, Commission scolaire de Sorel-Tracy

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