the Degree Confluence Project

Canada : Québec

0.6 km (0.4 miles) WNW of Périgny, QC, Canada
Approx. altitude: 84 m (275 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap topo topo250 ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 47°S 109°E

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: GPS receiver screen #3: North view #4: East view #5: South view #6: West view #7: Joseph Massé GRAVEL chapel (1641) #8: Montmorency waterfall

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  47°N 71°W (visit #2)  

#1: E-S-W panoramic view from the CP

(visited by Philippe Burtin, Antonella Burtin and Anna Burtin)

23-May-2014 -- Back in Montréal to attend the IARS (iars.org) annual meeting with a special focus on the international science symposium scheduled on Sunday may 19th.

As usual I take that opportunity for a few days of family vacation and to try 2 CP visits ; we decided to visit N46 W74 and N47 W71 as these CP haven’t been visited for the last 13 years, and we succeeded on both points.

After spending 2 days in the historic city of Quebec we visited N47 W71 before going back to Montréal. The weather was really cold with heavy overcast and intermittent showers. The CP is easy to find as there is a road where we parked our car 670 meters SE of the point.

We used a private road that starts just beside a small chapel on the north side of the road (picture 7). We didn’t meet anybody whom to ask permission and just walked uphill. The CP lies in a uncultivated field beneath the electrical lines. We were lucky enough to make the round trip between 2 showers and with a clear view on the île d’Orléans.

We visited also the Montmorency waterfall (picture 8) just a few kilometers west of the CP. These waterfall are higher than the Niagara falls but much less impressive.

To me the most interesting part of our visit was the little chapel I already mentioned. This Chapel is dedicated to someone who’s name was Joseph-Massé GRAVEL and was built in 1641. The Chapel was rehabilitated by the descendants in 1941. I made some research and learned that Joseph-Massé GRAVEL was born in Mortagne, west France in 1616 (estimated). The date he arrived in Canada and the reason why he decided to settle so far from his homeland are unknown but a legal act exists stating that he was occupying a land as a farmer located on the north shore of the Saint Laurent river in 1641. So it is possible that he constructed that chapel himself on the land he was cultivating. He died aged 70 in Château-Richier in 1686 which is located 3750 meters south west of the CP.

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#1: E-S-W panoramic view from the CP
#2: GPS receiver screen
#3: North view
#4: East view
#5: South view
#6: West view
#7: Joseph Massé GRAVEL chapel (1641)
#8: Montmorency waterfall
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