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Fort Chambly National Historic Site

Exhibitions

A Taste of Nouvelle-France : Treat Yourself to a Delectable Exhibit!

The Flavours of New France: Treat Yourself to a Delectable Exhibit!

Bread, pumpkin, peas, chocolate and beer. Yum! This year, the Fort is taking you by your tummy. The temporary exhibition A taste of Nouvelle-France will immerse you in the kitchens of the 17th and 18th centuries. Even better, you'll leave for home with a mini-book of souvenir recipes featuring the beloved food of the Fort's inhabitants revisited by five renowned chefs including Ricardo and Bob the Chef. A lovely outing where history will give your taste buds a real treat.

For the pleasure of cooking as a family, young and old alike are invited to concoct delicious recipes accompanied by renowned chefs and culinary artisans.


A saviour at the fort poster. Exhibit poster
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New Exhibition:Mr. Dion, A saviour of the fort!

Discover a new exhibition to showcase the efforts to preserve Fort Chambly by a visionary man named Joseph-Octave Dion. Filled with the burning desire to save a silent witness to the French presence in Canada, Dion begins, in 1866, to do all he can to ensure the fort's restoration.


The Fort

Immerse yourself in history and you will remember all your life Immerse yourself in history and you will remember all your life
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The fort presents thematic exhibitions that chronicle the history of New France.

Venture into the heart of the fort and discover its mysteries: its military role in various conflicts, the activities of its garrison, its relationship with the population of the Chambly seigneury, and its architectural evolution. Meet Joseph-Octave Dion, a journalist born in Chambly who became the great curator of the old fort.

Models, 3D recreations, sound clips, interactive terminals, artifacts and video clips are there to enliven the visit.


The Discovery Tour

A typical French architecture inspired by the Vauban fortifications in the 18th century A typical French architecture inspired by the Vauban fortifications in the 18th century
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Visit the fort’s inner courtyard and park, and take advantage of the many interpretation panels to learn more about the Richelieu River, the different buildings of the military complex and the archaeological remains.

History buffs will be fascinated by the story of the Carignan-Salières regiment which built the first wooden fort in 1665. Those soldiers have hundreds of thousands of descendants across North America.

Apart from the ruins of the first fort, archeology buffs will discover many remains associated with a colonial military presence at the site over two centuries.

Architecture lovers will be impressed by the height of the current fort, built in 1711, and by the principles of French fortification that inspired its construction.