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Chemin du Roy, Quebec

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The Chemin du Roy is a historic road along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec. The road begins in Repentigny and extends almost 280km eastward towards Quebec City, its eastern terminus. Most of the Chemin du Roy today follows along the present-day Quebec Route 138. The modern expressway that replaces both Route 138 and the Chemin du Roy through most of its course is Quebec Autoroute 40.HistoryIn 1706, the Conseil supérieur of New France decreed that a road be built to connect the settlements along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, between Quebec City and Montreal. Work began in 1731, under the supervision of Grand Voyer Eustache Lanouiller de Boisclerc, and was completed in 1737. Upon completion, the Chemin du Roy was 7.4m wide, over 280km long, and crossed 37 seignories. The Chemin du Roy was the longest road in existence at the time north of Mexico.In 1910, the portion of the Chemin du Roy on Montreal Island was renamed by the District and County of Montreal as Gouin Boulevard. It is no longer considered part of the historic route and does not feature the "Chemin de Roy" route markers that the tourist route now is signed with.
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  • We started in Montreal and wish we had skipped the first part and joined at Berthierville where it started to be Scenic. We were travelling on Monday which was a public holiday so it was very quiet. I...  more »
  • We took the Chemin du Roy from Quebec City through Trois-Rivieres to Montreal in April. It was a quiet, scenic drive, with lots of interesting places to stop along the way. Because it was still "off s...  more »
  • Nice quiet ride along the shoreline. If you like 50km (30mph) travelling and seeing scenic buildings ....go for it. We did it once and if there is a next time, I will travel the Autoroute 40 instead t...  more »