Rope-making and sailing knot
workshops, guided walks, and activities around the mainmast for
kids and adults alike will all be happening throughout the season.
Tourists will also get to see the municipality’s homes decorated
with yellow and red flowers and Victoria Blue salvia, which is the
official flower of the museum’s 50th anniversary, as a tribute to
the museum. And if you were born in 1968 – the year of
inauguration of the museum – your admission is free!
Families are invited to visit the
brand new permanent exhibition: The era of traditional small
craft. It features about twenty rowboats, birch bark canoes
and river canoes that were used not so long ago. Striking photos,
videos and multimedia exhibitions bring visitors into the heart of
bygone days when islanders and river dwellers used boats as their
mode of transportation, the way we would ordinarily use cars
today. Head over to the Boathouse to admire these surviving
watercraft, learn the secrets of how they were made, hear the tale
of the Chasse-galerie (also known as, The Bewitched
Canoe) and raise the sails!
The temporary exhibition, Ships
that sailed nowhere, presented by Hydro-Québec, showcases
lightships and the brave men who dedicated their lives to
protecting sailors, often at the expense of their own
lives. This homage to 133 years of history focuses on
the technical and architectural evolution of lightships and
presents the stations along the St. Lawrence River and the
lightships assigned to them. A poignant and captivating exhibition
of about 25 artifacts that belonged mainly to former sailors who
worked on these lightships.