GREEN VAL­LEY

NAMED AF­TER MARY McDON­ALD’S HO­TEL

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The vil­lage was named in 1878 af­ter the Green Val­ley Ho­tel es­tab­lished in the 1840s by Mary McDon­ald. Dur­ing these early days, it was a pop­u­lar spot just south of Green Val­ley north­east of the Beaudette River. Trav­ellers be­tween Hawkes­bury and Lan­caster would stop here for a rest and for a drink.

The story of Green Val­ley got a big push in 1887 when the Cana­dian Pa­cific Rail­way crossed High­way 34. This would link Green Val­ley to Ap­ple Hill and even­tu­ally Toronto and Mon­treal.

In 1938 Leo La­joie built the Green Val­ley Pav­il­ion which drew crowds from ev­ery­where. The hall be­came a church in 1956.

In the ‘30s Wilfrid Me­nard moved into the vil­lage with Me­nard Con­struc­tion (now Cruick­shank) and Jos Vail­lan­court built a large feed mill near the CPR tracks which later burned in De­cem­ber 1966.

There are out­door Masses through­out the sum­mer, and Calvary is open and you are welcome to go and visit. There is no charge and it is a lovely place to sit and med­i­tate on Christ’s Pas­sion.

The first Green Val­ley Pav­il­ion, built in 1938, was later trans­formed into a French Catholic church, then to apart­ments. The build­ing is now gone and is a busi­ness lot.

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