The Madonna on the Lake of Two Mountains :: La madonne du lac Deux-Montagnes

This madonna stands on the shore of the Lake of Two Mountains, which is part of the Ottawa River delta. It was originally named Lac des Médicis in 1612 by Samuel de Champlain, then renamed Lac des Soissons in 1632 and then obtained its current name in 1684. The two mountains in reference are the two highest peaks of Mount Oka, Calvaire Mountain in Laval and its twin, Saint-Joseph-du-Lac Hill. It is said that the “coureurs des bois” could see these two peaks from the northwestern shores of the lake from the portage of Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue.

Cette madonne veille sur le bord du Lac des Deux Montagnes, qui fait partie du delta de la Rivière Outaouais. En 1612 Samuel de Champlain nomma ce lac Lac des Médicis, ensuite il fut renommé Lac des Soissons en 1632 et finalement Lac des Deux Montagnes en 1684. Les deux montagnes citées sont la Montagne Calvaire à Laval et sa jumelle,  Montagne Saint-Joseph-du-Lac. Il est dit que les coureurs des bois pouvaient voir du portage de Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue ces deux sommets.

Paper: Larolan Watercolour Sketchbook
Ink: Noodler’s Lexington Grey
Pen: Pilot Flexigrip Extra Fine
Watercolours: Winsor & Newton and Daniel Smith
Colors: Cobalt & Cerulean blue, Cadmium yellow light and Rose madder genuine with a bit of Burnt umber




About Jane Hannah

Canadian graphic artist, painter, sketcher, typographer, calligrapher and teacher at Cégep John Abbott College in Québec, Canada. Jane Hannah also has a website for her students at and a main blog at She is also part of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.
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