Lac Bouchette and the North East Part of Morin Heights

Lac Bouchette and the North East Part of Morin Heights

Lac Bouchette covers the greatest watery surface area in the Municipality of Morin Heights. It’s about a mile and a quarter in length but less than a quarter of a mile wide at its greatest width. It’s not very deep, compared to many other Laurentian lakes, but takes in a significant watershed and feeds an enormous wetland. Its outflow into the Simon River probably doubles the volume of water carried by that stream onward to join the North River at Piedmont. It is the only lake in the residential part of Morin Heights that has an island: Île aux Bleuets – Blueberry Island. The best available public view to look down the length of Lac Bouchette is from the bridge on Route 329: the road to St. Adophe d’Howard.

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Farewell to the oldest store in Morin Heights: the Mickey’s story

The afternoon of December 24, 2013 marked the closing of a chapter in Morin Heights history. Owen LeGallee and his eldest daughter Heidi locked the door to “Mickey’s” for the last time after 53 years of continuous operation. The store, named for Owen’s wife, Mildred “Mickey” Pollock who died in 2001, was a clothing and shoe store, coffee shop, laundromat and community meeting place. The building, a fixture of our local business scene and a witness to 115 years of daily life, was one of the oldest in the village. It was constructed in 1898 by Mr. Cuffling to serve as a general store, but it was remodeled and expanded several times, and many different people owned and operated it as a store prior to its purchase by the LeGallees in 1960.

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