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Manoir-Papineau National Historic Site

Events 2015

High Class Fare: Culinary-themed Talks

Sunday, May 17, June 21, September 13 and October 4,
from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Haute cuisine and diet in the era of the Papineaus Haute cuisine and diet in the era of the Papineaus
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Are you a “foodie” and curious about haute cuisine and diet in the era of the Papineaus? Attend one or all of the four culinary-themed talks given at the Manoir Papineau in spring and fall.

Not only will you discover the dishes and little delights of that time, you’ll also be given an introduction to the rules of formal meals during the 19th century. In addition, you’ll see how the vegetable and flower gardens designed by Louis-Joseph Papineau was home to some floral and culinary treasures!

Each of the talks will feature a mini-sampling of products related to the particular theme. You won’t be able to resist!

Fee: $15 per talk
(taxes included; fee covers guided tour of the main floor and a mini-sampling)
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Dates of talks, spring and fall (in French only):

  • Sunday, May 17: Formal meals in the 19th century (talk hosted by Yvan Fortier, historian – mini-sampling offered by the Fromagerie Montebello, proud partner of the Manoir-Papineau);
  • Sunday, June 21: Combining food and teas (talk hosted by Karine Lemery, tea sommelier at Bon thé divine!);
  • Sunday, September 13: Papineau’s flower and vegetable gardens (talk hosted by Daniel Fortin, horticulturist and author);
  • Sunday, October 4: Chocolate – so divine, it’s sinful! (talk hosted by Gaëtan Tessier, artisan chocolate maker at Chocomotive).

Places limited; reservation required

A Parks Canada employee is offering a Papineau Oak sprout Papineau Oak Sprout
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An Oak for you

May 23 and 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Take the opportunity to bring a piece of history at home! Throughout the day, free distribution of young red oak shoots from centennial oak of Louis-Joseph Papineau. Make the story take root in your own backyard!

This activity is possible with the participation of Paysagement Beauchamp, proud partner with the Manoir Papineau.

*Limited quantitites.

Canada Day

Parks Canada
July 1st, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Come and visit the history where it all started!

July 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be free admission to all Parks Canada national historic sites, parks and marine conservation areas.

2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: tasting a cake and tea (free)

Come and celebrate with us!

Sunday Garden Parties:
Entertaining with the Papineaus

Sunday, July 5, 12, 19 and 26,
from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A magic moment in a spellbinding setting! A magic moment in a spellbinding setting!
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This summer, every Sunday in July, you are cordially invited to partake of a Manoir Papineau garden party, based on those held throughout the 19th century. Come take advantage of each of these wonderful days of activities in the gardens of Louis-Joseph Papineau.

Several activities are features, including: horse and cart rides around the Papineau estate (offered by our proud partner, the Montebello Stables), a tasting of the Louis-Joseph Papineau variety of oolong tea, period games and a children’s craft area, as well as a quill pen writing workshop. In addition, you can don a number of period accessories and have a souvenir photo taken of yourself!

To enhance the experience, a special theme will be featured at each of these Sunday garden parties: lacemaking, music, gardens and painting.


  1. Sunday, July 5 : Music at the manor Enjoy the charms of Papineau domain with the sound of classical music of the 19th century.

  2. Sunday, July 12: A manor bedecked in lace Discover the talent of lace makers and learn about their art! (in co-operation with the Association des dentellières du Québec).

  3. Sunday, July 19 : The manor in flowers Walk through Papineau’s flower and vegetable gardens and you will discover former cultivars and you’ll meet his gardener! Also, you can taste the Louis-Joseph Papineau oolong tea, with its creator Karine Lemery, tea sommelier at Bon thé divine, proud partner with the Manoir Papineau

  4. Sunday, July 26 : The colours of the manor You will be delighted by the talent of the painters participating in the Symposium Les couleurs du manoir, from July 25th to the 26th (this event, organized in collaboration with Ovila David Huard and Dominique Carrière, proud partners with the Manoir Papineau). Also, you will discover unseen wall frescoes by Napoléon Bourassa, during special visits of his former atelier.

Activities included in the usual site fee.
Time: from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dates: Sunday, July 5, 12, 19 and 26

Tea at the Manor, How Stylish!

On Wednesday and Sunday in August, at 2:30 p.m.
Tea at the Manor, How Stylish!
Tea at the Manor, How Stylish!
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It’s always a good time to dress up! Put on your nicest summer outfit and have tea at the home of Louis-Joseph Papineau. Ah, the intoxicating aroma of tea! The sweet pastries make you forget the 19th century etiquette you just learned.

In the sumptuous Salon Amédée, a ceremonial room with a view, guests can enjoy tea and treats from the prestigious kitchen of the Fairmont Le Château Montebello.

A host in period costume enlivens the experience with anecdotes on the Papineau’s tea traditions and practices. A guided tour of the elegant main floor is also offered.

Cost of the activity is $29.80/adult and $28.55/elder
(taxes and Historic Site visit included)

Reservation required


  • In French: August 2, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23 and 26 at 2:30 p.m.
  • In English: August 5 and 30 at 2:30 p.m.

Available during all year for groups of 8 person and more, reservation required