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The Lachine rapids were the main reason for Montreal's foundation, the europeans could not get past them.

Jack Kowalski, President

The Lachine Rapids

Although we now also offer rides closer to the Old Port, the history of Saute-Moutons is closely related to the Lachine Rapids.

The rapids are about 3 miles (4.8 km) in length. In the past these represented a considerable barrier to maritime traffic. Until the construction of the Lachine Canal through Montreal, the rapids had to be portaged. Even with the canal, the difficulty was such that it was usually more convenient to ship goods by rail to Montreal, where they could be loaded at the city’s port.

A Hundred Years Old Heritage

The large steamboats that came down the Cornwall River made a stop at the Native American reserve to pick up a chief who steered the large ship through the rapids. [...] the inhabitants and the tourists skirted the coast to attend the spectacle of these large boats. It was the main attraction in Montreal for a hundred years.

Jack Kowalski, President

"Jumping Sheeps"

It is with the same spirit of adventure, wonder and exploration that we founded Saute-Moutons in 1983.

The name makes reference to the kids game “leap frog” in french. For our purpose it means the boats that jump the white caps, i.e. the rapids.

The 1990 crew

A few excerpts from Jack Kowalski's book

The Old Man in the Mall
In the spring of 1978 my brother's company Wilderness Tours was displaying a raft at the Yorkdale Mall in Toronto. While passing out flyers, an old man came up to Joe, the owner, and said, “if I had that raft when I was young, I would have taken it thru the Lachine Rapids.” Joe asked where these rapids were located. “In downtown Montreal on the St. Lawrence. Why don’t you try it, maybe it will be a good trip?” 
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