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Origin of the Name

Grande Pointe - Pain Court (Réseau communautaire du Sud-Ouest)

École secondaire de Paincourt
École élémentaire Sainte-Catherine
Centre communautaire << La Girouette >>
Parish Bulletin - Pain Court / Grande Pointe
Diocese of London
Diocèse de London - Page française
Other French Faith Communities in Southwestern Ontario
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
Tourism in Chatham-Kent
St. Clair National Wildlife Area
Fondation franco-ontarienne
Mitchell's Bay - for camping, fishing, etc.
Weather - Chatham, Ontario
Where is Pain Court situated?

Origin of the Name

Pain Court is a very colourful French name whose origin dates back to the days of the early settlers in this part of the country. It is the extreme misery of the ancestors that gave birth to the name Pain Court (short bread). To excuse their poverty, the heads of the families would tell the missionaries: “We have no bread, or the wheat has perished, or we have eaten everything.” Sometimes, they would piously conserve a bit of flour to make a small loaf of bread for the missionary’s next visit, saying: “Our bread is short, very small, but we offer it to you with all our heart.” The story was often repeated and when a missionary left to go to the mission on La Tranche river, he would say: “I am going to the mission where bread is short, or simply: “I am going to Pain Court (short bread).” The name became commonly used throughout the entire area because it was very appropriate; it revealed the great food shortages endured by our fathers. And the name took root forever…

Taken from the book of Father Vincent Caron, o.m.i. 1951
Translation by Rose-Marie Roy

We are a proud race…

From humble origins has risen a prosperous village set in the very heart of a rich and fertile agricultural area. However, the faith and religion so dear to the hearts of our brave ancestors are still very much alive today. The Catholic faith still holds a place of honour in the parish of Immaculée Conception and, in spite of a high rate of assimilation in the region, the French language is still spoken and taught in the two French schools, elementary and secondary, which are the pride of Pain Court.

Where is Pain Court Situated?

Pain Court is located in Chatham-Kent, 300 km West of Toronto, 90 km from Windsor-Detroit and 110 km from London.


From Windsor

Take Hwy 401 East to second Tilbury exit (#63) onto Queen's Line (#2)
Turn right (East)
Go approx. 6 km and turn left on Merlin Road (#7) (sign indicating Pain Court)
Travel through to Prairie Siding; the road will bend to the right onto Riverview (#36)
Go 0.5 km then turn left, over bridge on Jacob Road (#35)
When over the bridge, go straight 2 km then turn right onto Pain Court Line
Travel 4 km and watch for water tower

From Sarnia/Wallaceburg

Travel on Hwy 40 towards Chatham
When out of Wallaceburg, watch for grain elevators on right
Turn right on Electic Line
Electric Line will end at Bear Line, turn left
Turn right on next road on Bay Line (#42)
Continue on Bay Line until you read a four-way stop at Winter Line Rd.
Turn left onto Winter Line Rd.
Follow Winter Line Rd. through Grand Pointe until you reach Pain Court

From London

Take Hwy 401 West to first Chatham Exit (#90) onto Hwy 40
Turn right
Follow Hwy 40 to the lights on Grand Ave. and Prince Albert Side Rd.
Turn Left onto Grand Ave. West
Follow Grand Ave. until out of Chatham
Continue on Grand River Line until you see sign for Pain Court
Turn right onto Winter Line Rd.
Follow Winter Line Rd. until you reach Pain Court