Saint-Maurice (Les Chenaux)

Saint-Maurice is a welcoming Quebec locality with both a modern and old character and an important agricultural activity. It is located near the shops and services of Trois-Rivières and Shawinigan in Lower-Mauricie, in the plain on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, in the regional municipality County of Les Chenaux, in Mauricie in Canada.

The village developed at the junction of rang St-Jean and rue Notre-Dame. Its built heritage includes ancestral and well-renovated buildings that blend with modern architecture.

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In New France, the first period of colonization of the north shore of the St. Lawrence River focused on the first row along the river. A vast strip of marsh extending over approximately 18 km (11 mi) (and a maximum width of 2 km (1.2 mi)) between Sainte-Marthe-du-Cap and the Champlain River (today in the zone along Highway 40), slowed down the colonization of the second and third rows. The center of the village of Saint-Luc-de-Vincennes is located 10.0 km (6.2 mi) from the shore of the St. Lawrence River, on the north side of this marsh area and at 0.7 km (0.43 mi) north of the course of the rivière de la Fourche.

During the colonization period of XIXth Century, the local economy was based on forestry and agriculture. In 21st Century, its economy is based on agriculture, partly forestry (in the northern part of the territory and along waterways), certain public services (e.g.: primary school, municipality), accommodation centers for seniors, a few shops and certain recreational and tourist activities (vacation, mountain biking, snowmobiling).

This locality of 91.34 kilometres (56.76 mi) has 3286 inhabitants. Many residents will be working in the surrounding municipalities/towns (notably Trois-Rivières and Shawinigan) because of the proximity (ie 5.3 km (3.3 mi)) to highway 40, via Route 352. In addition, Route 359 connects the Lac-à-la-Tortue and Grand-Mère sectors to the north.

The hydrographic slope of Saint-Maurice is centered on the Brûlée river, the rivière de la Fourche, the Gagnon stream and the Champlain River; the latter will flow onto the north shore of the St. Lawrence River.

The rivière Champlain mainly drains the territory of Saint-Maurice, Saint-Luc-de-Vincennes, Saint-Narcisse and Champlain . It flows over 50 km (31 mi). In its course first to the northeast, then the southeast, this river is often meandering.

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