The Government of Canada has commemorated the national historic significance of the Village historique de Val-Jalbert, which represents a fine example of an early 20th century industrial town

CHAMBORD, QC, September 15, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Parks Canada Agency

Created in 1901 around a pulp and paper mill, this site is a fine example of a company village built to retain its workforce. It is distinguished by the diversity of its houses and by a wide range of institutional and commercial buildings for an industrial complex of the time.

On September 13, Yolande Cohenrepresentative of the Historic Sites and Monuments Commission of Canada, highlighted the national historic importance of the Village historique de Val-Jalbert. A special ceremony was held at Chambordin the heart of the historic Village of Val-Jalbert, to unveil a commemorative plaque.

The closing of the factory in 1927 led to the gradual abandonment of the site which became a “ghost village”. The conservation and enhancement of this site since the 1960s is part of a movement to safeguard the built heritage of the country. Today, the preservation and authenticity of the place attract thousands of visitors who discover its rich history and relive its great times.

Through the Historic Sites and Monuments Commission of Canadathe government of Canada commemorates significant places, people and events that have shaped our country to help Canadians and youth reconnect with their past. The commemoration process relies heavily on public nominations. To date, over 2,200 subjects have been nominated.

National historic designations reflect turning points in from Canada the story. Together they tell the story of who we are and bring us closer to our past, enriching our understanding of ourselves, others and our country. Heritage sites provide a wide range of cultural, social, economic and environmental benefits to their communities.

Quotation

“The government of Canada recognizes the national historic significance of the Village historique de Val-Jalbert. Through the authenticity and preservation of the built environment, we have the chance to better understand part of our country’s industrial past. Places like the Village historique de Val-Jalbert tell us who we are and bring us closer to our past. I encourage all Canadians to learn more about our country’s history. »

The Honorable Steven Guilbeault
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister Responsible for Parks Canada

“The board of directors and all the staff of the Village historique de Val-Jalbert are honored that their site is recognized as a national historic site. This recognition highlights the work and perseverance of the founding pioneers (Damase Jalbert and JEA Dubuc) and all the following managers who have contributed to the restoration and conservation of the heritage of this world-renowned open-air museum.”

Jacques Girard
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Val-Jalbert Regional Park Corporation

Fast facts

  • The Village historique de Val-Jalbert, with an area of ​​approximately 1.7 square kilometres, is located in the regional county municipality (RCM) of Domaine-du-Roy, southwest of Lac Saint-Jean, or Pekuakami in Ilnu. Since 2009, the MRC du Domaine-du-Roy has managed the site.
  • The village and its facilities are located on the banks of the Ouiatchouan River (“busy place” in Ilnu). The waterfall of the river fed the mill to make paper pulp.
  • The Village historique de Val-Jalbert is a fine example of a company village built to retain its workforce. Created in 1901 around a pulp and paper factory, this village is distinguished by the diversity of its dwellings and by a panoply of institutional and commercial buildings for an industrial complex of the time. In the early 1920s, comfort characterized life in Val-Jalbert.
  • The vast majority of nominations submitted for review by the Historic Sites and Monuments Commission of Canada come from members of the public. For more information on the Council and how to apply, please visit the Parks Canada website: www.pc.gc.ca/hsmbc.

Related document

Information document: The Historic Village of Val-Jalbert

Related links

Historical village of Val-Jalbert
Parks Canada Agency
Historic Sites and Monuments Commission Canada

SOURCE Parks Canada

For further information: Marie-Sophie Giroux, Partnership, Engagement and Communications Officer, Saguenay-St. St. Lawrence Field Unit, Parks Canada, [email protected], 418-514-8429; Media Relations, Parks Canada Agency, 855-862-1812, [email protected]

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