The former Collège Saint-Adolphe

110, rue du Collège


Au cœur de la nature, elementary school

In 2018, the idea of offering again a school service in Saint-Adolphe-d'Howard took shape. A few months later, work began to bring the former Collège de Saint-Adolphe up to standard and redevelop it.  Students started attending Au cœur de la nature elementary school in September 2019.  The school's principal is Manon Doré.

Photo : Au cœur de la nature school, 2023. 

Source : Société d’histoire de Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard, Tom Silletta photographer.


A military base at Lac Saint-Denis

The new boys' school, Collège Saint-Adolphe, was built in 1953. This initiative was part of the arrival of the new radar base at Lac Saint-Denis.  This facility was built after the Second World War to monitor the airspace of southwestern Quebec and northeastern Ontario. 

A brand-new housing development takes shape around the radar, bringing in new families. These children needed schooling, and there was no room in the already overcrowded schools.

Photo : Housing development around the radar station, 1957.

Source : Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Fonds La Presse


The military base

Canada's Department of National Defense reaches an agreement with the clergy representative and the school board chairman to build a new school.

The new Collège Saint-Adolphe, known as the École des garçons, was blessed by Monsignor Émilien Frenette, Bishop of Saint-Jérôme, on October 11, 1953.

Photo : Housing development around the radar station, 1957.

Source : Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Fonds La Presse. 


The college, 1959

Photo : The Collège Saint-Adolphe, 1959.

Source : Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Joseph Guibord photographer.

College boys class

The Saint-Adolphe school closed at the end of the 1980s. The municipality gradually moved its recreation center there. The public thoroughfare is named rue du Collège, after the school.                                     

The school reopened in 2019.

Photo : Class from the Collège des garçons. Camille Desrochers, teacher, date unknown.

Source : Le Présent du Passé Saint-Adolphe d’Howard 1883-1983.

Extract of
Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard Heritage Circuit

Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard Heritage Circuit image circuit

Presented by : Municipalité de Saint-Adolphe-d'Howard
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