Importance of the area

The Chicoutimi trading post was created after that at Tadoussac, in order to exploit the territory and its resources better; it was on the same fur route which started at Tadoussac and allowed us to get as far as James Bay.  One can note that in 1686, the Chicoutimi trading post itself produced more fur pelts than the rest of the country.  For the Pekuakamiulnuatsh, the Chicoutimi post was also the location where the Jesuits won them over and converted them.  Over many years, it was the most important place in the region.  It closed its doors permanently in 1876, and traces left by the two hundred year presence of commerce were literally washed away by a significant flood in 1996.