River Lots 23 and 24 are rare examples of a surviving form of land sub-division that were characteristic of a number of missionary settlements.
The River Lot system pre-dates the sale of Rupert’s Land to the Dominion of Canada and the adoption of the standard rectangular township plan of Alberta. River Lot 23 was originally used as the site of the Hudson’s Bay outpost in St. Albert from 1866-1875, while River Lot 24 is unique for its continued occupation by subequent generations of the same Métis Family that settled in St. Albert after the mission was created by Father Lacombe.
River Lot 23 & 24 tell the story of the French-Canadian and Métis settlements in St. Albert with some of the oldest surviving historic houses and agricultural buildings, including La Maison Chevingy (circa 1890), Brousseau Granary (circa 1900), Cunningham House (circa 1912) and Belcourt House (circa 1900).
La Maison Chevigny
The Chevigny brothers and their families came to St. Albert in 1880 from Quebec and were part of an influx of Francophones who settled in the area.
The two-story log house was built in the late 1880’s making it one of the oldest remaining settlers’ structures in the province. The family lived in the house until the early 1960’s when the house was converted into a barn. The family sold their farmland in 2007 and the building was relocated to River Lot 24 in 2008.
The Friends of la Maison Chevigny was formed in 2009 and the committee raised funds towards the restoration of the Chevigny House.
Building conservation projects, undertaken by the Arts and Heritage Foundation and the City of St. Albert at all of the heritage sites, follow the Federal Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada.
We begin each project with the development of a knowledge base from which to prepare a conservation program to ensure the best restoration plan for each structure. Conservation activities at the Belcourt House began in 2010 with the assessment of the structure and the development of a statement of significance to outline the features of the structure that are important and must be kept in the restoration process.
Read about the restoration on our blog.
Submit your application to rent a community garden plot with us! With your plot you get to cultivate the same land as some of the first families in St. Albert who gardened here over 100 years ago. It’s a great way for you to enjoy the outdoors, meet new people and grow your own produce.