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The Richelieu river The Richelieu river
The Richelieu River is an enduring witness to the region’s history. Named after Cardinal Richelieu, it flows 130 km north from Lake Champlain on the United States border to the Saint-Lawrence. Over the centuries, the river has been a Native American trade hub, a major access route for the first European settlers, an important economic thoroughfare and the scene of battles between the French and English. With its colourful history, the river is considered to be a heritage corridor by recreational boaters and those living along its shores, who agree on the importance of preserving the quality of the water, the surrounding environment and the region’s cultural and natural heritage.
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