Héritage Saint-Bernard

Between earth, sky and water

Our mission

Héritage Saint-Bernard is an environmental non-profit organization whose purpose is to protect and enhance natural territories as well as offering touristic and educational activities. educational and recreational tourism.

Our values

Since its founding, Héritage Saint-Bernard has evolved with important social values, working among other things to enhance collective goods , that is, the natural environments it manages. In addition to natural resources, human resources are at the heart of the invaluable wealth of our organization. Although it is managed like a business, offering products and services, Héritage Saint-Bernard pursues its mission with the goal of collective wealth and social profitability . It is in fact the very foundation of a social economy enterprise.

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A rich historical past

To trace Île Saint-Bernard’s rich history, it is necessary to go back 4,000 years in time, when Aboriginal communities occupied the land. Several archeological digs over the years have confirmed that a stopover on the island was highly appreciated by these occupants.

Several centuries later, in 1673, Île Saint-Bernard welcomed its first seigneur, Sieur Charles Lemoyne de Longueuil. He was responsible for the construction of the first manor house, a wooden fortification with a chapel, and a windmill. As the years came and went, so did a succession of seigneurs.

In 1765, Marguerite d’Youville, the founder of the Sisters of Charity of Montréal, better known as the Grey Nuns, acquired the seigneury of Châteauguay and became its last “seigneuresse.” For over 200 years, the Grey Nuns lived on the island and protected the land. They planted an orchard, set up a small dairy farm and grew wheat, barley, oats, buckwheat and vegetables. Since the Grey Nuns believed in “protecting all life,” it was possible to preserve an exceptional natural area, the Refuge faunique Marguerite-D’Youville (wildlife sanctuary). It is protected in perpetuity.

A collective heritage

En 2011, la Ville de Châteauguay a procédé à l’achat du « tertre » des Sœurs Grises comprenant près d’une dizaine de bâtiments, dont le Manoir D’Youville, un hôtel de 115 chambres, un imposant manoir en pierre, une grange, un ancien moulin et même un cimetière. Héritage Saint-Bernard a été mandaté pour assurer la gestion immobilière (entretien) des bâtiments et immeubles situés sur le tertre de l’île Saint-Bernard.

OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS

En 2003, Sœur Suzanne Olivier, de la Congrégation des Sœurs Grises de Montréal, a rédigé un fascinant texte relatant le riche passé de l’île Saint-Bernard. 
To consult the document, click here(french only). here.

(Archives des Sœurs Grises de Montréal, Olivier, Sœur Suzanne. Historique de Châteauguay, mai 2003, 138 pages.)

Les Sœurs Grises de Montréal ont également eu la gentillesse de partager un autre document historique fort intéressant, soit celui du récit du voyage de Sœur McMullen à Châteauguay, écrit en 1838 lors de la rébellion! 
To consult the document, click here(french only). To consult the document, click here.

Have a pleasant reading!

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