Bourget's History

Bourget's History

« The Brook » was the first name of Bourget, changed in 1910. Between the years 1855 to 1863, the settlers had to travel approximately twelve miles to get to church in Clarence-Creek. In 1885, the residents of The Brook started to build a chapel. The Sacré-Coeur Parish in Bourget celebrated its one hundred and twenty-five anniversary in 2010.

In 1860, the residents had built a small school that could teach between 25 and 30 village children.
The Sœurs Grises de la Croix of Ottawa arrived in Bourget on August 15th 1903. In 1918, they took charge of the new school and kept it until 1930. On September 16 1930, the Soeurs Grises took possession of the actual convent. The development in Bourget was constant with the establishment of a good number of different businesses and professions. The most important industry of Bourget was agriculture. The village had some small industries and prosperous businesses. Before having its cheese factory, Bourget had a butter factory but it was destroyed by a fire shortly after its construction.

The local post office opened under the name “The Brook” on May 1st 1880 and on July 1st 1910, its name was changed to Bourget Post Office. When weather permitted, the mail, coming from Clarence Creek, was delivered twice a week. In 1880, business owners needed to go get their merchandise in Thurso and after in South Indian, at approximately twelve miles from the village. 

In 1888, a telephone line linked Bourget and Rockland. 

In 1897, the Canadian Pacific Railway arrived. In 1898, trains circulated on a daily basis between Ottawa and Montreal.

In 1937, electricity was available in the parish.

Parts of Larose Forest, jewel of the United Counties of Prescott-Russell and the province of Ontario, is on its territory.

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Bourget's History