In 2020, Deschênes is celebrating the centennial of its incorporation as a village on July 8, 1920. As it happens, we will also be celebrating the bicentennial of the first permanent settlement on the river banks, a trading post established in 1821.
Deschênes has had a rich history and remains a beautiful neighbourhood with a wonderful quality of life.
The COVID-19 virus situation has changed many plans including our plans for the centennial celebration. We had planned a historical circuit in our “downtown”, guided tours of the circuit, concerts, conferences and a public art project.
We have decided to postpone the celebrations to 2021. We will keep you updated on developments.
But – we wanted to organise a few celebratory activities in 2020. The first is a project aimed at discovering the origins of our street names via posters at various points in the neighbourhood. See details here.
In the meantime – perhaps we will manage another little celebration or two in 2020. Stay tuned for news, via our Facebook page.
For details on the history of Deschênes, see the historical résumé by Michelle Guitard located here – or the presentation to the Aylmer Heritage Association (February 2020) by Howard Powles here. (documents in French).