The first Mon Repos -
The current building
was built at the end of last century, with eight rooms on the floor.
family holds also a trade of grains and exploits a restaurant to with
it. The customers are composed travellers and drivers of horses which draw
the barges on the channel between Midsummer's Day and Chambly. Behind the
principal building, the stable shelters to six horses; one can still see the
fall for the hay in what is at present a hangar.
The Inn -
In 1929, Arthur
Despelteau becomes agent of ' ' Frontenac Bleu '', first French-speaking
brewery of Quebec, the Frontenac brewery, launched in 1911 per Louis
Beaubien and bought by National Breweries which will become O' keefe then
Molson, i.e. it makes the wholesale and detail of this very popular beer. In
accordance with the law on the trade of alcohol, it obtains Commission of
Liquors of Quebec, a licence of inn.
It makes paint
beautiful grosses blue letters of style victorien to the pediment of the
In July 1947, following
the death of Mr. Arthur Despelteau , the succession sells to it My
Rest to Louis-Philippe Brassard who yields it in his turn, in
September 1948, in Paul Guertin . Jean Charbonneau acquires in
December 1951 of it.
The Tavern -
In 1953, ' the village of Chambly-Basin ' becomes the town of Chambly.
According to the law, it My Rest is from now on a Tavern, thus losing the
right to sell another thing that beer. So today moderation has much better
taste, at the time, it was the tolerance which had good taste. The tolerance
was the mode or certain defended things were allowed or tolerated according
to goodwill ' Chief ' Maurice Duplessis. Thus in June 1957, ALbert
Perron buys the tavern Mon Repos which thrives while selling completely
illegally, but openly spirits.
The economic boom of after war largely supports the pleasure sailing on
Richelieu. All a merry band of yachtmen attends to it Mon Repos. In May
1958, after the first nautical excursion of the season, Mr. Marcel
Charbonneau called to his wife that they went directly ' ' on their
premises '' and they entered immediately at the Mon Repos.
It was his way of saying that it had bought the place.
The hôtel and the motel -
1960 In Quebec, the Liberals seize the power and do the housework. Finished
the mode of the tolerance. It is the catastrophe for all the holders of
licence of tavern whose sales turnover is based on the sale of spirits. To
avoid the bankruptcy, it is necessary to hold a licence of hotel what wants
to say to have at least 20 rooms.
In spite of the recent
restorations of the tavern, I thus engage in the construction industry of
the motel in September 1963 in preparation for the great need of lodging
caused by ' the World Fair of Montréal' or Expo ' 67. The first room rents
on May 13, 1964. One had just given again in Chambly his only place of
Today, the bar -
The years 1970 brings the law which abolishes the taverns and which creates
the breweries. This same law transforms the Mon Repos into bar. Note that
the women had always had access there.
Since February 1983, Mr. François Dandurand becomes the owner about
it. Untiring worker during more than one decade, its initiatives gave the
place to the style of the day, thus renouvellant the customers. But that you
are new or a former customer of the Mon Repos, you divide with all people
who have attended for almost a century, the taste to communicate and to
amuse you between friends. After a well deserved retirement, this one passed
the torch to his son, Mr. Marc Dandurand .
This one, having
inherited genes of its governor, continuous always to improve the
installations while jealously preserving the typical seal which contributed
to make the Mon Repos, a cordial and accessible place.
New buildings were built
creating a new surface of reception for the customers as well as a
Despite all these improvements, the Mon Repos remains a place of
reception where it is good to gather around a ' gross bière' and to make
sure that the ground does not cease turning!