Depicting Morrisburg as it was before the Seaway flooding in the 1950s. Directly linked to a new "Then & Now" Sign on the waterfront path - overlooking where the old Morrisburg downtown now lies under the St. Lawrence River.
Click on the "Then & Now Map" above to hear more about the history and what you are seeing.
The St Lawrence Seaway was constructed in the 1950s to
accomplish two major objectives:
1) To significantly increase the size of cargo ships able to navigate all the way from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes; and
2) To add substantially to the hydro electric generation capability of the St Lawrence River for both Canada and the US.
The major impact was to significantly raise the river water levels between the Cornwall Power Dam and the Iroquois Control Dam. This in turn flooded major areas of farm land and nine villages and hamlets that were lost altogether. In addition most, of Iroquois had to be moved back away from the river and the downtown area of Morrisburg was lost under the St. Lawrence River.
The flooding started on 1 July, 1958 when the temporary coffer dams were breached. It only took four days for the water to reach its new (and current) levels.
The following links provide much more information, including many pictures and maps: St Lawrence Piks Seaway History, Lost Villages Museum, Ghost Town Pix Lost Villages.
The Virtual Morrisburg Model Village depicts the pre-seaway area of the village from Augusta Street in the west to the east end of old Lock 23 (south of the current location of the Cruickshank Amphitheatre) and from First Street in the north to the south end of Lock 23 (about 300m south from Cruickshank Amphitheatre shoreline). This is an area of about 920m E to W by 570m N to S.
Flood Day 1 July 1958 - 1950s Old Morrisburg from the South East - From the South West
Pictures from the old downtown Main Street.