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MORRISBURG WATERFRONT HISTORICAL PATH

 

Background & Introduction

The Morrisburg Waterfront Committee (MWFC) installed the “Morrisburg Then & Now” sign in time to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the St Lawrence Seaway Inundation Day (1 July, 1958). It is located on the waterfront path, just east of where it intersects the path from Canada Way. It presents a merged map of Morrisburg as it was in 1954 before the flooding and the Google Earth satellite image from today.

The public reaction has been excellent. The major comments have been about the need for pictures of what the old town of Morrisburg looked like. We have included a good selection of pictures and other information on this website www.morrisburgmodelvillage.ca. However, we believe that there still is an important need to present historical signs placed on the Morrisburg Waterfront Path to include pictures and information directly for both residents and visitors walking the beautiful path between the Morrisburg Dock and the Beach.

To achieve this objective, the MWFC is proposing to add historical & information signs all along the waterfront path with pictures and information about Morrisburg and the Seaway – to create the “Morrisburg Historical Waterfront Path”. We have the objective of having at least a first stage completed by the 60th Anniversary of the official opening of the Seaway by Queen Elizabeth & President Eisenhower (June 26, 2019).

The specific location of the signs will be finalized with the MWFC during the spring and summer of 2019 in order to take into account their overall plans for other improvements planned for the Morrisburg Waterfront Park.

Location

Following is the Google Earth image of the Morrisburg Waterfront Path as it is today – from the dock to the beach. Note the location of the Morrisburg Then & Now Sign.

The path is a total length of about 550m. We envisage the Morrisburg Historical Waterfront Path” will consist of historical signs every 20m or so along the path (on the south side). This will allow us to include almost 30 historical & information signs along the path.

We envisage the total project being implemented in stages, with about ten signs being added each year.

Proposed Sign Design

We are proposing to use a similar design for the signs on the Morrisburg Historical Waterfront Path” as was used for the “Morrisburg Then & Now” sign. However, with a smaller size (36” x 24” approx.- about a third the area) vs 60” by 43” and with only a single metal pedestal. See example.

Benefits to the Community

There are many benefits associated with this project:

 

Where We Got Most of the Photographs & Copyrights

Most of the photographs from around the old town of Morrisburg (with the exception of the aerial photos) were taken by the Reverend George H. Smith in the 1950s in the period before it was flooded by the St. Lawrence Seaway construction completed in 1958. They are presented with the generous permission of his daughter, Claire Delage, the current owner of the copyrights.

 

Proposed Pictures for 2019 Signs.
From the East End of the Path – Adjacent to the Beach

Broder Island Ferry – passengers returning from the annual community picnic on the island.
Proposed sign location: at the east end of the path, next to the beach.

Broder Island annual community picnic
Proposed sign location: at the east end of the path, next to the beach.

Aerial view of old downtown Morrisburg from the east.
Proposed sign location: east end of the path.

Adjacent to the middle of the path – at the location of the centre of the old Morrisburg downtown business area – overlooking the old Lock 23
Next to the location of the THEN & NOW sign.

 

Aerial view of Old Morrisburg - from the South - over Lock 23.
Proposed sign location: middle of the path – just east of “Then & Now” sign.

Main Street Looking East - the old downtown.
Proposed sign location: middle of the path – east of “Then & Now” sign.

Old Lock 23 in operation.
Proposed sign location: middle of the path – east of “Then & Now” sign.

Inundation Day 1 July, 1958 - Morrisburg Lock 23 Disappears Under the St Lawrence River.
Proposed sign location: middle of the path – east of “Then & Now” sign.

SLMC Poster on the benefits of the modern Seaway – side by side with French Version sponsored by SLMC
Proposed sign location: middle of the path – just west of “Then & Now” sign.

Main Street Looking West - the old downtown.
Proposed sign location: middle of the path – west of “Then & Now” sign.

At the West End of the Path – Adjacent to the Dock

Aerial view of old downtown Morrisburg from the west.
Proposed sign location: west end of the path near the dock.

Old Bank of Montreal building
Proposed sign location: west end of the path.

Old Bank of Nova Scotia building
Proposed sign location: west end of the path.

Memorial Park at the Ottawa Street, Main Street Intersection - Looking South East.
Proposed sign location: west end of the path.

Memorial Park at the Ottawa Street, Main Street
Proposed sign location: west end of the path.