'Moonbeam, where the moon beams blend in with northern lights'
history of Moonbeam
transcontinental railway was finished in 1912, starting in Eastern
Canada and passing through Moonbeam all the way towards the West.
Pioneers from Montreal, Ste-Agathe and St-Jovite were looking for
new land to call home where they could settle and start their own
family. They were looking for resources to exploit such as rich
soil for farming or mining.
origin of the name Moonbeam
small town got its name from old-time resident pioneers who often
saw flashing lights which they called "moonbeams" falling
from the sky near creeks and lakes. A stream flowing on the west
side of Strickland bears the name of Moonbeam Creek, which flows
into Moonbeam's Rémi Lake. Northern lights also often accompanied
these moon rays. However, there are no official documents that prove
the origin of the name Moonbeam.
also means "a ray or beam from the moon". After traveling
many miles through the dark forest by train, early travelers were
struck by the brilliance of the moon on the snow from the natural
clearing as they approached Moonbeam. Moonbeam is a unique name
in Canada and we are very proud of our name, even though it sometimes
makes visitors smile.
origin of Rémi Lake
Lake was named after an employee working for the Great Trunk Pacific
Railway drowned there in 1905. Passersby retained that name to indicate
the big, beautiful and peaceful lake teaming with fish north of
first family to establish in Moonbeam was Théodule and
Valentine Léonard in 1909.
first baby born in Moonbeam was Marie Régina Lecuyer in
first priest was Ovila François Paquette O.M.I. who arrived
first school opened its doors in September 1919.
first church to be built in Moonbeam was in 1919-1920, called
Nativité de Moonbeam.
- The first cottage on Remi Lake was built in 1920 by Henry Douglas Buell, a vacationer from Rochester, New York who loved the north woods.
first Reeve of Moonbeam was Joseph Girouard in 1922.
first St-Jean Parade was in 1922.
District of Fauquier was incorporated on January 9th, 1922.
first doctor in the region was Doctor Nicole in Fauquier in 1924.
first airplane in Moonbeam was an HS21, piloted by C.A. Schiller
first butter factory was opened in 1927. It cost $3,689.60 to
build and $5,954.00 for all the machinery.
first doctor to open an office in Moonbeam was Doctor Soucie in
the speed limit was raised to 15 miles per hour.
all stores were forbidden to sell tobacco to children under 18
years of age.
chapel at Rémi Lake celebrated its first mass in 1960.
sewage system in the village was installed on November 1st, 1965.
Moonbeam - Jean Lagacé