Mayor’s messages and reports

A message from the Mayor

Madam, Sir,

On behalf of the Municipal Council, it is with the greatest pleasure that I greet you. Whether you have selected our Municipality to make it your permanent home or you are just passing through from time to time, we are very happy to welcome you to the beautiful Morin-Heights region.

Morin-Heights has so much to offer. A true peaceful haven with its lavish landscapes, one is exhilarated with admiration and pride. Located in the heart of the Laurentians, in proximity of large urban centres, the Municipalité de Morin-Heights offers unlimited open-air activities which are the envy of many. In this regard, several parks, of which the renowned Aerobic Corridor, are at your disposal for the enjoyment of the whole family.

To find out more about Morin-Heights, we invite you to browse the web site. You will find a few historical facts about the municipality and as well as get a glimpse of the different services available to citizens.

Welcome to Morin-Heights!
Tim Watchorn, Mayor

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Council Meetings

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Municipal democracy manifests itself during Council meetings. The elected officials meet as a council representing the population, and as its representative, they make decisions on the direction and action priorities of the town. The ordinary sessions of the Council take place the second Wednesday of each month.

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Minutes of Council meetings

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Historical highlights

A few historical highlights

The local legend has it that an engineer named Morin came to explore this area of the Laurentians and hired a guide by the name of Simon, a native from Oka. The town and the river at the heart of the village would respectively bear their names.

In reality, Augustin-Norbert Morin (1803-1865), deputy (1830-1854), Minister and land commissioner (1842-1843), founder of the newspaper La Minerve (1826) and Superior Court Judge (1855-1859) bought 1600 hectares of land in the Abercromby township where he built a house, wood-cutting and flour mills, thus contributing to the development of the region. By 1852, the name Morin was extended to the entire township, which included at the time Morin-Heights, Val-Morin and Ste-Adèle.

The township was incorporated as a municipality in 1855. The English pioneers of Irish origin came from Lachute and Wentworth. The pioneers of francophone descendants arrived from St-Jérôme and St-Eustache.

The impact of the coexistence of two origins of settlers, who were to develop and build the municipality, has perpetuated and remains to this day.

The name of Morin Flats was first given to the portion which extends to the river bank, but in 1896 the village formally acquired the name of Morin Heights when the railroad company, through the colonization of Montfort, connected the municipality with Montreal.

A section of this railroad track has today become the very popular bicycle path and cross-country ski trail known as the Corridor Aérobique.


For details, visit the Morin Heights Historical Association’s web site

 
 
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