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THE ENGLISH IN QUEBEC (LOWER CANADA)
Photograph of the Methodist Church at Odelltown built
during the 1820s.
©Dominc R. Labbé McMasterville, Quebec.
• Initially most of Quebec’s English immigrants came from
the north of England, especially Yorkshire. People from the East and North
ridings of Yorkshire were the first to grasp the opportunities to be had from
the Richelieu Valley’s timber trade. Between 1817 and 1830 a steady stream of
farmers and tradesmen headed for Lacolle, close to the American border turning
it into a major Yorkshire enclave. Other northerners established settlements to
the south and west of Montreal.
• While having previously dominated large areas of the
Eastern Townships, people of English ancestry were a mere minority group by the
1940s. Ontario's better land and climate, the declining importance of the timber
trade and the rising dominance of French culture made Quebec progressively less
attractive to later English settlers.