At the turn of the 20th century, Antoine Cyr used this gap in the clay cliff to haul wood off his land for sale as firewood or construction materials.
In those days, the transport of timber was associated to that of water. Cyr, who already had a means for transporting wood, used it to distribute water as well.
Photo: Antoine Cyr and his wood load
Photo credit: MacBride Museum, Laurent Cyr Collection