The story behind Rue de la Drave and Parc des Draveurs


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The sculpture L’Homme-rivière pays homage to the draveurs. It is located on Rue Sainte-Anne, next to the Price Building in Old Quebec. Inaugurated in 2002, the monument is the work of Catherine Sylvain and Lucienne Payan-Cornet.

In Quebec, the French word drave refers to the floating of large numbers of tree trunks downriver. Log driving was a means of moving logs (sawn tree trunks) from a forest downstream to sawmills and pulp mills using the current of a river.