• The ferry services between Carillon and Pointe-Fortune have existed since 1833 when Jacob Schagel, an inn keeper from Carillon, started using a barge with long oars as a ferryboat.

    Le JOHN bateau de 1884 à 1925

    In 1864, John Kelly, inn keeper from Carillon, becomes the owner of the ferryboat and keeps it for about fifteen years. In 1879, it will be changed into a steam ferry by Joseph Poitras who will run it until 1884.


    Price list that was effective in those years

    Crossing 1858 1874
    Four-weeled buggy and two horses 1 shilling,
     8 deniers
    35 ¢
    Four-weeled buggy and one horse 1 shilling,
     3 deniers
    Two-weeled buggy and one horse 1 schelling 20¢
    Horse, donkey or mule and its rider 10 deniers 17¢
    Horse, donkey, mule, ox, bull and other cattle

    71/2 deniers


    Lamb, calf, sheep, goat or pig

    4 deniers

    Pedestrian 6 deniers 10¢


    Le PASSEUR bateau de 1945 à 1993

    In 1925, according to Carillon bylaws, it cost 50 ¢ for a car to cross the river, the same price for a cart and two horses. For cattle, pigs and sheep the cost was 10 ¢ for each animal, the same price for a pedestrian.In 1926, Norbert Lacombe becomes the sole owner of the two ferryboats

    En 1926, Norbert Lacombe devient l’unique propriétaire des deux traversiers.

    In 1945, Edgar Lalonde and his brother-in-law René Desormaux buy the ferryboats but in 1948, for security reasons, they have to replace them with “Le Passeur” that could cross the river in less than ten minutes. The price for a car was 75 ¢. They will operate the business until 1974 and then sell it to Jacques Giroux and Georges-Étienne St-Pierre.

    In 1979, Jacques Giroux becomes the only owner of the ferryboat. In 1993, “Le Passeur” is replaced by “Anik”, a ferry that was used to cross the river between Thurso and Clarence. It was transformed on the spot by the ferryboat team who made it more modern, more efficient and, above all, faster. Now, the vehicles can board straight on the ferryboat pontoon reducing the drivers’ actions and, as a result, increasing its capacity up to 120 vehicles per hour

    Diane, daughter of Mr Giroux, and her husband Normand Lavallée bought the ferryboat in 1996 and they have been the unique owners since then.


    Reference :

    The Centenary committee

    Lorraine Auerbach Chevrier


    Mr Raymond Roy  (personal collection)
    M. Louis Parson    (personal collection)
    Traversier le Passeur archives

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    Le JOHN bateau de 1884 à 1925

    In 1846, a permit is given to J.G. Danter to operate the ferryboat. Around 1850, Alexis- Edouard Montmarquet, merchant of Carillon, converts the ferryboat into a horse-powered ferry propelled by one or two horses walking in circles around a vertical post and moving a paddle wheel on each side.

    Le JOHN bateau de 1884 à 1925

    In 1864, a new ferryboat made of a platform on two barges is bought by Jean “John” Larocque. In 1909, Télesphore Martin buys the ferryboat “John”. In March 1918, Léo and Adélar Crevier take possession of the ferryboat and sell it to F. Ranger in March 1921.

    Le GEORGES FORTUNA bateau de 1924 à 1945

    In March 1923, Télesphore Martin takes it back and he associates with Raoul Lafond (surnamed Parson) in 1924. It is during that year that Télesphore Martin acquires a second ferryboat called “Georges-Fortuna” named after his eldest son George and the first residents known in Pointe-Fortune, Williams Fortune and his brother Joseph. This partnership will not last long because Raoul Lafond associates with Norbert (called Albert) Lacombe in 1925. During that year there are two ferryboats in competition between Carillon and Pointe-Fortune; Martin operates the “Georges-Fortuna” while Lafond and Lacombe own the “John”.

    Le ANIK bateau actuel depuis 1993
    Le ANIK bateau actuel depuis 1993