Question from Norman Bates regarding Raimbault Creek in Cartierville, Quebec


A May 2017 CBC interactive webpage is entitled: “Montreal is 375 years old, but how old are its buildings?”

A May 17, 2017 Montreal Gazette article is entitled: “Montreal’s history did not start 375 years ago.”



Extract of a 1949 map of Cartierville that 1963 Malcolm Campbell High School grad Tim Hewlings has located

At a previous post, The stream that used to run through Cartierville in Montreal was called Raimbault Creek, we have a question. I share the comment as a separate post, in order to bring attention to it.

If you know the answer to the question (see below), please let us know.

1907 map, which includes an image of Raimbault Creek as it existed at the time. The early map, Tim Hewlings (MCHS ’63) notes, is from: A. R. Pinsoneault, Atlas of the Island and city of Montreal and Ile Bizard, s. l., The Atlas Publishing Co., vers 1907 found on the BANQ website. click on the map to enlarge it.

Click on the maps to enlarge them; the top one can be enlarge further with an additional click

Norman Bates has posted the following comment:

As late as the mid-1960s, I do remember riding my bicycle into Ville St. Laurent and encountering the final remnant of Raimbault Creek, that section of which buried into pipes soon afterwards beneath what is now Hartenstein Park.

I wonder if anyone can identify the source of and have any further information about the so-called “Drouin Ditch” – a creek which ran through part of Dollard des Ormeaux, on through Cloverdale Park in Pierrefonds, to eventually end up connecting into the Ruisseau Bertrand and finally at Riviere des Prairies at the former town of Saraguay just east of Autoroute 13 where it crossover the river. A wooden walkway and nature trail currently exists there.

The “Drouin Ditch” was finally placed underground into pipes around 1970-71 after years of complaints by residents whose children often played in and around the polluted water.

The 1907 map on this webpage shows it near the top left corner entering cadastre 300 and continuing eastward.


Let us know, if you can answer Norman’s question.


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