ÎLe d'Orléans (18E)

« Where it all started in North America »

Armoirie des familles Blais

Following his arrival on May 25, 1664, Pierre Blais passed his first years as an “Engaged” person on the island of Orléans. He married Anne Perrot on October 12, 1669, in Sainte-Famille Parish. According to the 1681 census, he had a 15-arpent lot, 4 horned cattle … And so thus began our history in North America.
Our Association’s mission is to identify, protect and transmit that which we received.
It is through this loyalty to the richest and most profound values that Blais pride faces its past, its present and its confidence in the future generations.
To bridge the past and the future, we must be an active and efficient conveyor so that future Blais generations remember the foundations of our history in North America. This is how the Blais family patrimony will be preserved, will grow and will be enriched.


Where it all started

 In several ways, the 2018 gathering will honor events and happenings that were an integral part of Blais history on North American soil.

  • Pierre Blais is the first Blais; he settled on the island of Orléans.

  • The first gathering of the “Association des Blais d’Amérique” took place on the island in 2000.

  • The monument signaling our origins is in Saint-Jean, Île d’Orléans

  • The Parc des Ancêtres, the Maison de nos Aïeux and the Maison Drouin are also interesting commemoration sites located in the Sainte-Famille Parish, where our ancestor Pierre Blais wed Anne Perrot in 1669.

  • When crossing the island by the Route du Mitan, we reach Saint-Jean Parish where our ancestors were born and stayed before scattering across Québec, Canada and the United States.

We will be doing our little “Camino de Santiago”: a visit to the ancestral land, a moment of meditation near the Blais monument, a walk along Blais Point and then on to celebrate the gathering.

At the end of a memorable day, we will have had the pleasure of joining with friends and cousins, brothers and sisters and many others of the great Blais family.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

Normand Blais M-253, Coordinator of the 2018 gathering

Ulric-Turcotte Community Center

September 1st

8:00 - 10:30
Greeting and registration

We meet at the Ulric-Turcotte Community Center (1), 35 Vachon St.

10:30 - 11:00
Travel by bus to the island

with descriptions and comments
(various sites to see along the way –
accompanying guide available) 

11:00 - noon 
Visits at the “Parc des Ancêtres” [Park to honor our ancestors] (2) 

of the Fondation Lamy (in Ste-Famille); guided visits of the Maison de nos Aïeux [Our Ancestors’ House] and the Maison Drouin 

Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch at a family sugar shack

hot luncheon

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
La route du Mitan [Mitan Road] 

by bus or on foot entirely or in part according to what is to be seen and each person’s capacity; then on to Saint-Jean and the ancestral lot

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.
“Homage ceremony” at the Blais monument

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Visit or a walk on Pierre’s lot

5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Protocol activities

there and/or at the St-Jean Community Center 

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Blais Supper

7:30 p.m.
Goodbye and 'til next year