The Coteau-du-Lac rapids

The Coteau-du-Lac rapids (HM1KUG)

Location: Coteau-du-Lac, Québec J0P 1B0 Vaudreuil-Soulanges
Country: Canada
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N 45° 17.213', W 74° 10.578'

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Les rapides de Coteau-du-lac

English:
The St. Lawrence River abounded with rapids between Montréal and Kingston, especially in the stretch between Lake Saint-Louis and Lake Saint-François, where a series of "cascades" made navigation impossible. Of all the rapids in this part of the river, those at Coteau-du-Lac were by far the most turbulent. In 1781, M. Pouchot described how this obstacle was crossed in these terms:
"... We punted up the river until we reached Coteau-du-lac... It is a point of land where the water boils and rages so fiercely, that the boats must be unloaded. This portage is sixty paces long. It is necessary to enter the water in order to lift the boat and take it around this point."
Excerpt from "Mémoires sur la dernière guerre de l'Amérique septentrionale entre la France et l'Angleterre."
French:
Entre Montréal et Kingston, le fleuve Saint-Laurent était littéralement jalonné de rapides et plus particulièrement entre les lacs Saint-Louis et Saint-François, où une série de «saults» rendaient la navigation impossible. Sur cette section du fleuve, les rapides de Coteau-du-lac s'avéraient sans contredit le plus impétueux. Voici comment M. Pouchot relate la traversée de cet obstacle, en 1781:
«... On monte à la pêche jusques au portage du Coteau-du-lac... c'est une point de terre où l'eau est si agitée, & bouillonne si fort, que l'on y est obligé de décharger les bateaux. Ce portage est de soixante pas. Ils faut se mettre à l'eau, pour monter le bateau & le faire tourner cette point.
Extrait tiré des Mémoires sur la dernière guerre de l'Amérique septentrionale entre la France et l'Angleterre.»
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Date Added Monday, June 1st, 2015 at 2:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 564595 N 5015150
Decimal Degrees45.28688333, -74.17630000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 17.213', W 74° 10.578'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 17' 12.7800" N, 74° 10' 34.6800" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 308 Chemin du Fleuve, Coteau-du-Lac Québec J0P 1B0, CA
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