Ever since I saw the first photo ( the Official Vampire High site ) of the building associated with the Mansbridge Academy I wanted to know where it was situated. And just looking at it makes one want to be there and soak up the atmosphere of the area, truly breathtaking.
Located at 2100 River Road, west to the limits of the Municipality of Cedars, the former hydroelectric plant built in 1899 is a true wonder. It was designed to operate the door locks and illuminate the path of the Soulanges Canal, a symbol of economic importance for the navigation area in the early 20th century.
Typically Canadian, the architectural influence of the building model is the "castle" recalling the past French: central body with two wings, slate roofs topped with gables, turrets, red brick building blocks which were added as part Decorative and presence of numerous windows. Moreover, its originality comes from the fact that it is the only building a hydroelectric complex, which was developed under the current style.
The population can be admired along the cycle track Soulanges. Le Petit Pouvoir Cedars remains an object of lust for film companies and cultural aspires to become an art center open to the public.
Efforts are underway to restore the canal’s nine bridges and five locks and open the waterway to tall ships, mega yachts and cruise liners.
And while avid cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts may be well informed about the picturesque Soulanges Canal bicycle path, others that have yet to discover the local jewel should dust off their bicycles and check it out.
The canal’s declining bridges and locks are a major scenic draw for those cycling the bike path.
Parts of the almost 35 kilometre long linear paved surface which is open free-of-charge to riders of all ages, are a little less 20 years old. Newer sections have been added in the past 8 to 10 years.
Depending on your point of view, the path begins (or ends) at parc des Ancres in Pointe-des-Cascades, and swathes a path through Les Cèdres, Coteau-du-Lac, Les Coteaux, Saint-Zotique and Rivière-Beaudette.
Cyclists, and those who roller blade, jog and walk along the path are treated to the narrow, shimmering water surfaces of the now unused Soulanges Canal on one side, and often sunflower filled fields that may play host to cows, goats and other animals at various points along the route on the other. The path also meanders through forests and swamps and borders many rural backyards. Picnic tables are also interspersed along the route.
A rider traveling close to 20 km/hr can cycle the entire path in close four hours.
Tourism Montérégie estimates that 150,000 cyclists use the trail each year.
History buffs may enjoy visiting several places of interest along the canal. More than 75 anchors retrieved from lakes St. Louis and St. François some dating to the 18th century, weighing close to 15 tons - are displayed at parc des Ancres in Pointe-des-Cascades.