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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!
As of May 16, 2015 - New!

The 350th anniversary of the construction of the first wooden fort at Chambly is being celebrated in 2015 - Fort Chambly sets the table for the public to taste the culinary heritage of New France’s first settlers.

Bread, chocolate, and beer are some of our favourites... and it's been like this for ages!

However, while admiring with your eyes is nice, tasting is even better! Renowned chefs will share their recipe for each dish presented during the exhibit. Take home a tangible souvenir of your experience, a recipe book , and set your own table in New France style!

Enjoy looking at our three culinary workshops in the events calendar!


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
© Parks Canada

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.