QUEBEC HISTORIC SITES
Sir Wilfrid Laurier National Historic Site of Canada
Sir Wilfrid Laurier National Historic Site of Canada considers one of
the most important figures in Canadian political history, Sir Wilfrid
Laurier, the man often referred to as the father of modern Canada.
Saint-Lin-Laurentides, 60 kilometres north of Montréal, the site
invites visitors to discover the life and career of this illustrious
Prime Minister through an impressive collection of period objects and
Outside, a magnificent garden bids you to linger awhile. During the
summer months, actors and musicians may also accompany you on your tour
of the Laurier family home. Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the
historic house serves as a backdrop for a collection of colorful
characters from the immediate neighborhood. A hospitable bunch, they
will accord you all the honors of the house on the occasion of your
warm atmosphere, you will discover the resourcefulness and
imaginativeness deployed by our ancestors in their ongoing quest for a
softer, more comfortable life. The site is open throughout the summer
Vieux Port de Montréal
year, 7 million people drop anchor at the Old Port of Montréal, a
unique 2 1/2-km-long recreational and tourist site that offers a
variety or outdoor activities and indoor entertainment to suit every
Port is the perfect place for to stroll along the shore of the St.
Lawrence River, to shop at chic boutiques, and to dine in luxurious
restaurants. It also provides a great opportunity to drink in
Montréal's rich cosmopolitan culture.
shortage of activities, both on and off the water. Try jet-boating the
St. Lawrence rapids, take a leisurely tour of the river aboard a
Bateau-Mouche (sightseeing boat), or rent a pedal boat and travel at
your own pace. Bike around the Port with the whole family on the unique
contraption known as a quadricycle, or feel the wind in your hair on an
electric scooter. In the winter, you can lace up at the Bonsecours
Basin skating rink or take a trip back in time on a horse drawn sleigh
ride. The Old Port of Montréal also offers great learning experiences
at the Montréal Sciences Centre, with its interactive exhibits and IMAX
movie theatre. Indoors and out, on the water and on the land, the Old
Port of Montréal is a perfect vacation
restored Cartier household recalls the architectural heritage of
Victorian Montréal and provides insight into the mores of the era's
middle class, using the house as a backdrop for re-enactments that vary
with the season. The Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site
of Canada commemorates the life and accomplishments of one of the
Fathers of Confederation, Sir George-Étienne Cartier. The team of
interpreters at the Cartier house provides guided tours that explain
important aspects of Victorian life.
crash course in etiquette, learn about the lives of household servants,
experience a Victorian Christmas, and interact with a host of actors,
poets, musicians, politicians and clergymen. The site is open from
April 2 through December 21.
Manoir Papineau National Historic Site of Canada
out over the Ottawa River, the magnificent home at the Manoir Papineau
National Historic Site was built in 1850 by Louis-Joseph Papineau, the
prominent politician and later Seigneur of the area known as "La
The site commemorates Papineau, a leading figure in Canadian politics
during the 19th century, as well as showcasing the manor house and
domain of Montebello, which he designed and gave form. Your tour begins
at the granary.
exhibit provides an overview of the life and accomplishments of
Louis-Joseph Papineau, the history of the domain under the seigneurial
system, the Papineau family, and the Seigniory Club. Then, take a
guided tour of the Papineau Manor House, where the authenticity of the
furnishings and the refined architectural details are witness to the
culture of its illustrious designer.
other guided tours introduce you to the exceptionally broad range of
architectural styles at the site and the immaculate landscaping of the
gardens. The site is open from May 10 through October 12.
Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site of Canada
in 1849, the Saint-Ours Canal is a continuation of the Chambly Canal,
bypassing the final obstacle to navigation between the St. Lawrence
River and Lake Champlain.
the tenth lock of the Richelieu, the Saint-Ours Canal is located beside
Darvard Island and was indispensable to international trade for over a
century. Today, pleasure boating has replaced the canal's commercial
traffic. Pleasure boating is the main attraction at the Saint-Ours
Canal, but by no means the only one.
can learn more about the canal by visiting the exhibit at the
Superintendent House, and you won't want to miss seeing the Saint-Ours
dam -- which raises the water level high enough to make the Richelieu
navigable as far as Chambly -- in operation. Another unique feature is
the Vianney-Legendre fish ladder, which allows fish to swim upriver and
spawn. This structure stems from an endangered species protection plan
and serves to maintain biodiversity in the Richelieu River. The canal
is open year round.
Artillery Park Heritage Site
important barracks and military storage site built in the colonial era,
Artillery Park was once an integral part of the defensive works
surrounding city of Québec.
offers visitors three historic buildings, each of which features unique
architecture: the Dauphine Redoubt (1712), the Offices' Quarters
(1818), and the Arsenal Foundry (1903). It was designated a Heritage
Site in 1959.
At the site, characters in period costume will help you relive the rich
military and industrial past of the site. Meet the maid and her master
in the Officers' Quarters, the cook in the officers' kitchen, and a
soldier living in the Dauphine Redoubt.
daily, the heady scent of black powder fills the air during a
demonstration of Tulle flintlock musket loading and firing. Don't miss
a chance to gain perspective by viewing the impressive scale model of
Québec City as it was in 1808. The site is open from April 1 through
October 12. Tours are available year round, by reservation.
Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site of Canada
The Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site commemorates the period in
1535-1536, when Jacques Cartier and his shipmates wintered near the
Iroquoian village of Stadacona. It also recalls the establishment of
the first residence of the Jesuit missionaries in Québec, in 1625-1626.
the north shore of the Saint-Charles River, in the heart of Québec, the
site stands as a reminder of the meeting of the European and Amerindian
features an exhibit on the three voyages of the explorer Jacques
Cartier, an Amerindian longhouse, an interpretation kiosk on the
Jesuits and a number of monuments, one of which represents the figures
of Jacques Cartier and the great chief Donnacona of Stadacona.
archaeologists and craftspeople regularly join the team of
guide-interpreters and prepare such surprises as tastings of unusual
foods, games and demonstrations of traditional techniques and the
production of Amerindian objects.
is open year round. Reservations are required from early October
through early May.
Chambly Fort National Historic Site of Canada
at the foot of the rapids of the Richelieu River, Fort Chambly revives
the Golden age of New France. Dating from 1709, the structure of this
imposing stone sentry draws inspiration from the French fortifications
designed by Vauban.
Chambly withstood the upheavals of the history of New France, and
stands today as an invaluable witness to the French presence in North
Chambly was restored in 1983, and exhibitions recounting key moments in
New France are now presented within its walls. You can visit the
exhibitions on your own or attend presentations led by interpreters. An
audio-visual document rounds out this rendezvous with history.
presentations give you a glimpse into the everyday life of a soldier
posted to garrison duty or of a “habitant” living under the seigneurial
system, as well as information on the fort's archeological treasures
and architectural heritage. Other special events abound during the
spring and summer months. The site is open from April through November.
Lachine Canal National Historic Site of Canada
port of entry for the canal network linking the Atlantic Ocean to the
heart of the continent, the Lachine Canal was the forerunner of the
transportation revolution in Canada in the early 19th century.
thousands of ships took this route before the construction of the St.
Lawrence Seaway led to its closing in 1970. Located in Montréal, the
Lachine Canal stretches 14.5 kilometres from the Old Port to Lake
Since May 2002, pleasure boaters have returned to this calm manmade
waterway, thanks to a major revitalization project.
Lachine visitor centre, reception staff and guide-interpreters will
explain the site's heritage, and historic photos, artifacts, maps,
plans and interactive games will take you back to great moments in the
An outing along the canal offers opportunities for pleasure boating,
biking, walking and picnicking -- and in winter, skating and
cross-country skiing. The canal is open year round.