Virtual Heritage Tour 
of Plaisance

Design and research : Claire Leblanc
Photos : Paul Simon and Plaisance Heritage and Falls, 
unless otherwise indicated.

This page offers you a virtual tour of the town of Plaisance heritage, cradle of the Petite-Nation seigneury. 
Other elements of this heritage will be added from time to time.

197 Principale St. (the ferryboat house)

This picturesque stone house is among Plaisance’s oldest buildings.

It is an example of a double slopped mansard roof building, showing an American influence. The upper part of the roof or “deck” overhangs the delicate curves of the roof break adorned with the building’s dormers. Built around 1850 by Louis Thomas Berlinguette on land acquired from Bazile Sabourin, the residence replaces two old wooden houses (since disappeared).

Of particular interest in the Petite-Nation area is that Louis Thomas chose stone rather than wood for his house. Yet, at the time of construction, there was a sawmill nearby and the great majority of houses were built of lumber. Was Berlinguette a skilled mason? Who knows. In any event, the residence is home to Louis Thomas’ second wife, Marcelline Lahaie, from the township of Lochaber, and their family. There being no bridge at the time, Berlinguette operates a ferryboat between the shores of the Petite-Nation river at the point known as Baie Noire, of which his house offers a captivating view. One of the sons, Louis, played for the Montreal Canadiens who won the Stanley Cup for the first time in their history in 1915–1916. The ferryboat house, sold to Eusèbe Charbonneau, then sold again to Félix Lalande in 1872, has been part of the Lalande family’s estate for the past four generations.

It is thought that the bell was used to inform passengers of the ferry next departure. One of the Berlinguette sons

One of the Berlinguette sons

The present railway bridge in Plaisance, rebuilt in 1923, follows Route 148, West of the village, spanning the Petite-Nation River.

In 1877, the Montreal, Ottawa and Occidental Railway train is brought into service. The opening of the station at North Nation Mills allows for rapid development of the hamlet.