Monument to Louis Cyr ~ Canada’s Strong Man
Louis Cyr (born Cyprien-Noé Cyr) was a lumberjack, a policeman and a weightlifter who was mostly known as “the strongest man in the world”.
He was born in 1863, the second child in a family of 17, and his phenomenal strength was first notice at age 12 when he worked on the family farm as a lumberjack. His official “strongman” career began at age 17 when he lifted a farmer’s heavily loaded wagon which was stuck in muck. He entered his first Strongman competition at age 18 in Boston.
From 1883 to 1885, Louis Cyr served as a police officer in Montréal , in the Sud-Ouest neighbourhood, hence why the monument was erected there. From 1895 to 1900 he established a number of records and performed in Europe, the United States and Canada. In the earlies 1900, his health started deteriorating due to inactivity and excessive eating (he was known to eat up to 6 lbs of meat per meal!), he passed at the age 49 on November 10, 1912. He was greatly mourned. Pretty much everyone in Québec has learned the legend of Louis Cyr, even I, who was borne some 55 years later after his demise!
You can visit the statue, who was created by Robert Pelletier ~painter and sculptor from Montréal~, at the street corner of St-Jacques & St-Antoine in the St-Henri borough of Montréal. The Monument is also part of Montreal’s public art registry.