Vieux Terrebonne is a veritable heritage storehouse. The historic buildings and landmarks of the old village centre recall the role played by the NORTH WEST COMPANY in the history of Terrebonne. The restored 19th-century complex of Île des Moulins (Mill Island), built in the rushing waters of the Rivière des Mille Îles, right off the old waterfront, includes a bakehouse (1803), gristmill (1846), seigneurial office (1850), carding mill (1850) and sawmill (1804), reminders of that early Canadian pre-industrial era. The fact that Terrebonne was incorporated as a city as early as 1860 is testimony to the importance it had in the second half of the 19th century. Between 1986 and 1996, Terrebonne witnessed strong economic growth and has become a centre of manufacturing. Major employers within the city include the metal works, plastics and furniture industries.
Author PIERRE LOUIS LAPOINTE Revised: CLAIRE POITRAS
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