In the 1820s, the Hudson’s Bay Company and the North West Company amalgamated. The result was that many of the Métis who had worked for these companies were laid off. Many of them moved to the Saint-Norbert area where they took up farming. There was very little wood for building homes so they dug holes in the ground, covered it with what wood and sod they could find and that was their home. In the winter, all you could see of these homes was the chimney. So, the area became known as Chimney Ridge. Today, bordering on Pembina Highway next to the fire station there is a housing development appropriately named Chimney Ridge.