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Self-Guided Tour - Chicoutimi

In the 20th century, Chicoutimi was the regional capital of Saguenay. With the arrival of the railroad, which was linked to the city's port in 1893, major trade developed, especially lumber. New industries attracted workers and the population increased from 4,000 inhabitants in 1902 to 9,000 in 1920.

Taking advantage of the thriving economy, a number of small businesses set up shop in the city. Rue Racine became the city's main commercial street. The economic crisis of the 1930s, however, temporarily halted economic growth.

By 1940, Canada's entry into the war had boosted industrial activity, leading to a buoyant economy. When the war and food rationing ended, urban expansion once again picked up. Boulevard Talbot, new road link with Québec City, was built in 1948 and new residential areas emerged around this thoroughfare in the 1950s and 1960s. These new neighbourhoods symbolized the new values that were changing the city and its inhabitants' way of life.

 

 

 

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Shopping at Place du Royaume. Place du Saguenay and Place du Royaume, Chicoutimi's shopping centres, attracted a regional clientele. People even came from Lac-Saint-Jean to take advantage of what the big chain stores had to offer and to shop comfortably indoors.

Shopping at Place du Royaume. Place du Saguenay and Place du Royaume, Chicoutimi's shopping centres, attracted a regional clientele. People even came from Lac-Saint-Jean to take advantage of what the big chain stores had to offer and to shop comfortably indoors. 1976
Daniel Lessard
BAnQ, Centre d'archives de Québec
Fonds Ministère des Communications
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Self-guided Tour - Chicoutimi - Click to enlarge
Shopping at Place du Royaume. Place du Saguenay and Place du Royaume, Chicoutimi's shopping centres, attracted a regional clientele. People even came from Lac-Saint-Jean to take advantage of what the big chain stores had to offer and to shop comfortably indoors.
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