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Self-Guided Tour - Sept-Îles

In the first half of the 20th century, Sept-Îles was still only a little village that lived on fishing and the wood industry. In 1930, it had barely 600 inhabitants. Rue Arnaud, the first of only two streets in Sept-Îles at that time, was the site of several businesses and the first bank. The urbanization of Sept-Îles occurred late but the delay was offset by the rapidity of these changes.

Starting in the 1950s, the extraction of iron ore in Labrador and its shipment from Sept-Îles attracted workers. In less than 20 years, the population increased twelvefold, from roughly 1,500 inhabitants in 1949 to 18,000 in 1961. The city modernized by building streets to serve new districts and improve automobile traffic. In the midst of this effervescence, rue Arnaud endeavoured to preserve its commercial vocation. However, the appearance on rue Laure, the second street in Sept-Îles, of big shopping centres offering vast parking lots shifted commercial activity to this part of the city.

 

 

 

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Self-guided tour - Sept-Îles - Click to enlarge
Welcome to Sept-Îles. In the first half of the 20th century, Sept-Îles was still only a small village. A few stores satisfied the needs of residents, whose main livelihood was fishing.

Welcome to Sept-Îles. In the first half of the 20th century, Sept-Îles was still only a small village. A few stores satisfied the needs of residents, whose main livelihood was fishing. Vers 1920-1930
Photographe : Joseph-Émile Chabot
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Self-guided Tour - Sept-Îles - Click to enlarge
Welcome to Sept-Îles. In the first half of the 20th century, Sept-Îles was still only a small village. A few stores satisfied the needs of residents, whose main livelihood was fishing.
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