Bois-des-Filion, Quebec


Bois-des-Filion, Quebec

Bois-des-Filion is an off-island suburb of Montreal, located in Quebec, Canada, to the north of Montreal.

Historically, ago hundreds of families annually traveled to this region seasonally to experience the magnificent maple forests; however the tourist industry is currently a minor source of income for the city.

The primary language spoken by its citizens is French, and the primary source of employment is general manufacturing.

Origin of the name

The name "Fillion" is derived from the surname of Antoine Feuillon, a local carpenter who could neither read, nor write, and thus was unable to correct any errors in the spelling of his name as the first records were kept. Antoine Feuillion was the son of Michel Feuillon, a captain of the musketeers during the reign of the "Sun King", Louis XIV before his immigration to the colony of Quebec.

This town is named "Bois" des Filion because of the beautiful maple woods bordering it — "le bois" being French for "the woods". When the city was newly founded, one had to follow a path through these woods and ford a small river to enter the city.

History

This small town is has a rich cultural history rooted in the legend of the lords, Celoron de Blainville and Lepage of Holy-Claire. Below are some important dates.

*1684 - The first Fillion migrates to Canada

*1913 - The arrival of the Parish from the Abbot De Bray

*1945 - An association of citizens is formed and the process of becoming an official city is begun

*1949 - Bois-des-Filion becomes officially recognized as a city of Quebec and the first mayor is named, Joseph Germain.

*1955 - The second largest cross in the province is erected on Notre-Dame hill to celebrate the 10 year anniversary since the first association of citizens was formed.

*1980 - It became a municipality called "Ville de Bois-des-Filion" (City of Bois-des-Filion)

Mayors of Bois-des-Filion

References

External links

* [http://www.ville.bois-des-filion.qc.ca/ Ville de Bois-des-Filion "(French)"]


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