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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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  • July 30, 2017
    We made the mistake of taking route 138 straight from the heart of Montreal. The drive through the suburbs was torture - traffic lights every 300 meters and nothing scenic about it. Out of frustration...  more »
  • July 16, 2017
    Heading to Quebec to celebrate our 50th we started our drive on this road (aka Route 138) at Trois Rivieres after crossing the St. Lawrence. We passed thru charming towns with well kept homes seeing m...  more »
  • June 22, 2017
    On our 25th wedding anniversary my wife and I flew to Montreal and spent the next few days travelling to Quebec City. One of the highlights of our trip was driving to Quebec City from Montreal via the...  more »

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