My calm hometown
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July 27th, 2001 – by: maplefanta
The coming of the train in the late 19th Century accentuated this development as Lac-Sergent was the only lake directly deserved by a train line and forced the area to organise as an administrative entity: Ville de Lac-Sergent officially founded in 1921. The golden age for that tiny resort started with many summer activities bringing socialisation and pride to the community: the Nautic and Kayaking Club quickly became the important activity of the area.
For the whole mid-20 Century, the area was easily accessible by train and later-on by car when the route 367 was built to connect Quebec and the neighbouring towns. Few shops and bars were offering goods and services to the locals bringing a nice dynamism.
The growth came to an end with the closure of the train services, twin with the recession hitting Canada from the 70s until the early 90s, most of the shop disappeared, the baseball field stopped offering games and the many mansion built during the 20s and 30s felt into ruins before eventually being demolished.
The majestic remains with the nature and the surrounding landscape, but its too proximity with Quebec city (60km) voided any come back of a local market for shop and the town became an exclusive 'dormitory' for summer vacation. The Nautic Club still remaining the National Pride for a few seasons during the 90s (after it's revival in 1988) winning many competition and even sending athlete to the Olympics.
Sadly, by the year 2000, pollution started hitting the lake and the population ratio still going on a diminishing trend (this area is for obvious reason unable to keep its youth...) forcing the cost of an environmentally friendly development to raise exponentially.
The municipality also lost some part of its territory (the mountain part) to its neighbours (Ste-Catherine and St-Raymond) who did develop the area with no concerns of the local needs.
Lac-Sergent count about 500 permanent resident plus another 500 living in the territory now administrated by St-Raymond and Ste-Catherine. This population easily double by the summer holiday when the holiday maker comes to spend a few weeks a year to their second residence in the area. The lake of a circumference of about 15km is actually larger than the territory of the municipality itself, anyhow since 'raw' urbanisation never touched the municipality, it is still a joy to admire the blue azur of the lake meeting the green surrounding forest.
My family arrived in the area in the mid-late 19th Century but my grand-grand father motive was more towards the farmland than to the lake itself. When my grand-father moved more near the municipality as one of the first settlers, he acquire most of the grazing and farming land in the mountains but back then, the lake was of no interest for him.
So most of my uncles, including my father built their house in the second row (settling road) passing in the mountains during the 60s and 70s... back then, all land giving on the lake were nearly taken. So I spend all my childhood in this environment, being part of Lac Sergent environment but later merged with the neighbouring town of St-Raymond (which is 10km more north) so not really having any rights in both town.
It is still a lovely calm place... though too calm for some young people wishing to have more 'life' and dynamism to stay and like the place. It is still MY town!
The next stop brings us northward into the gateway service along the Route 367, St-Raymond de Portneuf!
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