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Visiting the Manège Militaire Salaberry / Salaberry Armoury, Gatineau, Quebec: A Francophone Military Figure Remembered

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Manège Militaire Salaberry / Salaberry Armoury, Gatineau

Manège Militaire Salaberry / Salaberry Armoury, Gatineau

Military connections past and present

Dating from 1938, the Manège Militaire Salaberry / Salaberry Armoury was designed by Lucien Sarra-Bournet (1896-1992) (1).

Executed mainly in red brick, Château style, features of the building include projecting turrets, a stone entry arch, stone detailing, a steep gable roof, conspicuous chimneys and loopholes. The stonework is in white limestone. Some of the stylistic inspiration for the structure is both 18th century and Medieval (2).

The building is the home of the Régiment de Hull / Hull Regiment (3), which predates it, having been founded in 1914.

The military connection is reinforced by the naming of the building for Charles-Michel d'Irumberry de Salaberry (1778-1829), a distinguished French-Canadian military figure, prominent at the Battle of Chateauguay in 1813 (4).

Tanks have been regularly on display near the main entrance of the building.

The Manège Militaire Salaberry / Salaberry Armoury is situated at 188, boulevard Alexandre-Taché, Gatineau, not far from the City's Downtown area. While Downtown Gatineau is characterized by many Federal buildings which are both tall and modern, this solid structure is an expression of the presence of the Ministère de la Défense nationale / Department of National Defence in a more 'traditional' style.

More broadly, the Manège Militaire Salaberry / Salaberry Armoury is symbolic of the Francophone presence in the Canadian armed forces, in a manner reminiscent of the distinguished 22e Régiment / 22nd Regiment, which has its base at the Citadelle / Citadel of the Ville de Québec / Quebec City.

November 23, 2020

Notes

(1) Other works by Architect Sarra-Bournet include the Cathédrale Saint-Joseph, also at Gatineau. The architect moved his practice to Hull, Quebec in 1937, and this led to the commissioning of the Manège military / Armoury. Some of his works were accomplished in partnership with D'Arcy Audet. See also: http://www.dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/node/2348

(2) See also: (in French: ) https://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=10857 ; (in English: ) https://www.historicplaces.ca/fr/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=10857

(3) While what was known as Hull is today generally known as the Ville de Gatineau / City of Gatineau, certain institutions such as the Barreau de Hull / Bar Association of Hull and the Régiment de Hull / Hull Regiment has officially kept the former usage.

(4) This battle was one of the significant military encounters of the War of 1812, at which Salaberry held the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.

Some sourcing: Wikipedia

Also worth seeing

In Gatineau itself, the Musée canadien des civilisations / Canadian Museum of Civilization is Canada's most visited museum. Gatineau's Masion du citoyen / Citizen's House has a noted art gallery and the Hall des nations / Hall of the Nations containing valuable cultural artifacts from around the world. Parc de la Gatineau / Gatineau Park has exceptional recreational and scenic possibilities.

In Ottawa (distance: 2 kilometres from Downtown Gatineau) a few of the noted sights and cultural treasures include Parliament Hill, Rideau Hall, the Chateau Laurier, Laurier House, the Rideau Canal, and the Bank of Canada's Currency Museum.

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How to get there: Air Canada flies from various North American destinations to Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport / Aéroport international Macdonald-Cartier d'Ottawa, where car rental is available. However, travellers may prefer to use OC Transpo public transit for travel within Ottawa / Gatineau. Please check with the airline or your travel agent for up to date information.

MJFenn is an independent travel writer based in Ontario, Canada.

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