Century-old sawmill in Eastern Townships cuts logs for final time
This week, the town of Foster, Quebec in the Eastern Townships bid farewell to one of the most essential structures in its history: the local sawmill.
The sawmill is over a hundred years old and was a catalyst for the town's growth in the early 20th century.
It's owned by Christian St-Pierre and has been passed down from generation to generation.
"When we got out of the school bus, the first thing I did was change clothes and come out here to give my dad a hand," he reminisced.
Foster residents appreciate just how much the family and its sawmill have meant to the town.
"Everybody knows about the sawmill," said Louis Delorme. "You talk about St-Pierre's sawmill, and they know."
The property that the sawmill sits on is being sold, and it will have to relocate.
St-Pierre is optimistic that it will remain in the family.
The sawmill could end up on his son's farm near Foster.
"He has a little boy too so it would be the fifth generation," he said.