In 2020, Deschênes marked the centennial of its incorporation as a village on July 8, 1920. We are also celebrating the bicentennial of the first permanent settlement at the Deschênes rapids, 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 changed many plans including our plans for the centennial celebration in 2020. We decided to postpone the celebrations to 2021.
But – we wanted to organise a few celebratory activities in 2020. The first was a project aimed at discovering the origins of our street names via posters at various points in the neighbourhood. See details here.
We are now organising socially-distanced celebrations for 2021, including creation of a mural on the history of Deschênes, on the Deschênes Hotel (see call for proposals below, closing 1 June 2021), installation of a historical walking circuit in our “downtown”, and installation of a permanent welcome sign at the river. 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).