History & Heritage | Sainte‑Adèle des Pays‑d'en‑Haut

History & Heritage | Sainte-Adèle des Pays-d'en-Haut

In the heart of the Pays-d'en-Haut, get information on request about various points of interest and discover the local history of Sainte-Adèle, the name given by its founder, Augustin-Norbert Morin, in memory of his wife, Adele.

Founded in 1855 on the edges of Lake Rond, the Legault, Morin, Grignon, Valiquette, Labelle, Longpré, Bélec, Biroleau, Desjardins, and Lessard families, among many others, have contributed to making Sainte-Adèle what it is today, especially in terms of its architecture. We can point to the religious and academic institutions, the blacksmith, the grand hotel that rolled out the red carpet for aristocrats, the many studios that housed the artists and craftsmen of yesteryear, and many other historically significant buildings.

One definitely worth noting is the house owned by Claude-Henri Grignon (1894-1976), a celebrated author who pursued a career on the radio, television, in film, and whose renowned work “Un homme et son péché” has undoubtedly contributed to increasing Les Pays-d’en-Haut’s visibility.

Distance: 2 km
Time: 60 minutes

Please note that most of these points of interest are on private land and we ask for your cooperation to respect the privacy of these residences.


This project is part of a cultural agreement between the City of Sainte-Adèle and the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec.

Coordination: City of Sainte-Adèle
Historical and Photographic Research, Writing and Photography: Christiane Brault
Linguistic Revision: Pierre Grignon

The City of Sainte-Adèle would like to thank the members of the Heritage Committee: Roch Bédard, Julie Champagne, Jean-Pierre Dontigny, Alain Lafrance, Sonia Leroux and Yan Senneville.

We would like to acknowledge the collaboration of:  Marielle Bélec, Marie-Claire Boyer, Pierre Grignon, Carmelle Huppé, Michel Lamoureux, Aline Maillé, Claude and Nicole Millette and Yvon Sigouin.


Archives of the Société d’histoire et de généalogie des Pays-d’en-Haut

Archives of the Société d’histoire de la Rivière-du-Nord

Archives of the City of Sainte-Adèle

Fonds Journal des Pays-d’en-Haut

DUBUC, Michèle and Jean Nicolas Perrault, Sainte-Adèle à travers le temps 1842-2005, Éditions Sainte-Adèle, 2005.

DUMAS, Pierre, La Rolland et les Rolland dans Mont- Rolland, La Mémoire, Société d’histoire et de généalogie des Pays-d’en-Haut, no 128, Autumn 2013, p. 15 - 19.

MRC DES PAYS D'EN-HAUT, Étude de caractérisation du cadre bâti résidentiel, Descriptive Files, 2007- 2008
PAQUIN, Diane, Mont-Rolland - Un village de compagnie, Ethnohistorical Study, June 1994.

VALLIÈRES Marc-Gabriel, Patrimoine –Laurentides, http://mgvallieres.com. 

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History & Heritage | Sainte-Adèle des Pays-d'en-Haut