Precious heritage to discover at historic sites

Attractions to discover, May 31, 2021 2021-05-31
Domaine Mackenzie-King
Domaine Mackenzie-King

Discovering the past is a wonderful present. And Quebec has something to satisfy all history buffs, whatever their age. Through a multitude of activities and exhibitions, historic sites have a lot to tell us about the lives of great politicians, the industrial genius of Quebecers, or fascinating maritime history. In short, there are many ways to explore the rich heritage of the past that is still very much alive.

Important: Be sure to follow sanitary guidelines during your activities.

A journey through time that is nothing short of wonderful

Combine nature and history with a visit to the Mackenzie King Estate. This country estate, which belonged to William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada's 10th prime minister, is a true jewel of Gatineau Park. It houses the Kingswood and Moorside cottages, which are rich with artifacts. These cottages will take you back in time thanks to the exhibits and the stories told by the guide-interpreters. You're sure to fall in love with the place, especially since the splendid gardens and historic ruins are a perfect complement to your visit.

The Maison Drouin, a heritage treasure on Île d'Orléans, is another extraordinary place where you can travel back in time. Built in Sainte-Famille in 1729, this historic house has retained its authenticity and is one of the oldest French-inspired dwellings on the island. The exhibit features many interesting video clips as well as visuals on how the residences were laid out at the time. Learn all about the lifestyle of an 18th-century farming family thanks to a passionate guide-animator.

In the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, plunge into the past by visiting the Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse Historic Site, magnificently located on the river. Visiting the Empress of Ireland Museum, which recounts the sinking of this liner, is sure to be a moving experience. Step into the Onondaga submarine, a 90-meter steel behemoth, which reveals what daily life was like for the 70 men who lived there. In addition, you will discover the important role that the tallest lighthouse in Canada played in the history of navigation on the St. Lawrence!

An incredible foray into the industrial universe

A major tourist attraction in the Mauricie region, Boréalis invites you to discover the history of lumberjacks and loggers. The classic visit is offered, as well as a more playful version presenting fun anecdotes from former paper mill workers. The museum will also amaze you with its underground water reservoir, unique in Canada, its fascinating exhibition Roots and Identity and the magnificent panorama you can admire from the lookout.

In the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, the Sir-William-Price Heritage Centre will have you exploring the industrial town of Kenogami, built by the Price Brothers company in 1912. The various exhibits highlight the exceptional contribution of the workers in the paper industry and the history of St. James Chapel. You will also have the opportunity to discover the neighbourhoods, buildings and people that have shaped the history and identity of this town with an experienced guide.

Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père
Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse Historic Site

If you are captivated by the blacksmith’s craft, the Forges de Montréal site is the destination for you! Visit the permanent exhibition SAVOIR-FER and step into the workshop. This very interesting exhibition presents the evolution of the practices and role of the artisanal forge, from industrialization to the present day, and also demystifies the work of the artisanal blacksmith.

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