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Battle of the Châteauguay National Historic Site

Discover the Battle  of the Châteauguay
Discover the Battle of the Châteauguay
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Visit to the Interpretation Centre

On the very location of the October 26, 1813 battle, guides recount this great feat of arms in which 300 Canadian militiamen stopped an American invasion of Montréal!

A visit to Battle of the Châteauguay National Historic Site will delight anyone interested in history, military strategy and genealogy!


Introductory Hall

Wall of unknown heroes
Wall of unknown heroes
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The exhibition in the hall provides visitors with the historical context of the Battle of the Châteauguay and its key participants, including Charles-Michel de Salaberry and the unknown heroes. A computer-based module will invite you to reflect on your heroes: come record them and consult our database!


The Battlefield: The Belvedere

Presentation of the scale model and view from the belvedere
Presentation of the scale model and view from the belvedere
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This indoor lookout provides an exceptional view of the battlefield! Using an interactive scale model, the interpreters enhance this panoramic tour by revealing the key strategies used during the confrontation that took place along the Châteauguay River on October 26, 1813. Take this opportunity to admire the obelisk and the area's scenery!


Checkmate!
On the Warpath... Over the Ages

Giant chess game in the chess room!
Giant chess game in the chess room!
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The chess room offers insights into the history of warfare. As in the game of chess, war has two opposing sides attempting to outmaneuver each other in their efforts to achieve victory!

Move around on the chessboard, which was created to human scale, and discover the origins and developments of warfare throughout history—beginning with the Sumerian city-states and continuing until 20th-century world war. Work out your own strategies during a game of chess on one of two chessboards made available to the public!


It's a Soldier's Life!: Museum Room

Museum room
Museum room
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Come visit the museum room to learn what living conditions were like for field soldiers in the early 19th century.

The exhibit also showcases original objects and documents donated by the Salaberry family!


Extras for Visitors

Every day of operation

The Family Corner at work!
The Family Corner at work!
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Family Corner

Games and educational family fun! Children are invited to enlist as volunteer soldiers and wear the Voltigeur uniform while enjoying the Family Corner!


The genealogy station
The genealogy station
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Genealogy Station

Consult our genealogy station’s directory and find out whether one of your ancestors took part in this military victory!


Obelisk against the sunset
Obelisk against the sunset
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Outdoor Visit

Not far from the Interpretation Centre, you can admire a monument commemorating the Battle of the Châteauguay, erected in 1895 by the Canadian Parliament.

There is also a shaded picnic area where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch while admiring the beauty of the Châteauguay River!

While you are there, take a look at the architecture of the period log cabin!


The archaeotour by bike!
The archaeotour by bike!
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Archaeotour

Tour more than 15 kilometres of the archaeological landscape that witnessed the Battle of the Châteauguay!

A battlefield to be discovered with:

  • Abattis/front line
  • Entrenchment 1
  • Morrison’s House /field hospital
  • Supply Corps /British headquarters
  • American camp