Sainte-Hélène-de-Breakeyville

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Saint-Hélène-de-Breakeyville
Borough
Breakeyville.jpg
Country Canada
Province Québec
MRC Lévis
Established 1909
Government
 • Type Borough
Area
 • Total 10.37 km2 (4.00 sq mi)
Population (2006)[1]
 • Total 4,059
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Saint-Hélène-de-Breakeyville is a district (secteur) within the Les Chutes-de-la-Chaudière-Est borough of the city of Lévis. It is located on the Chaudière River. Prior to 2002, it was an independent municipality.

History[edit]

This town was founded by the Breakey family in 1909. John Breakey, who received the concession in this region, employed several people in the beginning of the 1920s, with his saw mill. Even during the depression of the thirties, the timber rafting on the river, provided jobs for several families. A closed economy gave this town an exclusive protection for several decades. The mill stopped its activities, because of less timber rafting and the modernization of transportation for the forest industry in the region. The residences of the Breakey family still exist and remind of the flourishing past. These manors and villas are an attraction because they show the historical architecture.

Coordinates: 46°40′30″N 71°13′28″W / 46.67500°N 71.22444°W / 46.67500; -71.22444