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Forges du Saint-Maurice National Historic Site

On-line Visit

The Devil's Fountain

A depiction of the devil, holding an ironsmith’s hammer. The Devil personified.
© Parks Canada

The intense glow of the blast furnace and the flickering flames of the Forges cast fearsome shadows on workshop walls. It was quite literally the stuff of numerous local legends. According to these accounts, the Devil himself was often seen haunting the environs. Once, in fact, he got into a fight with a workman. They said Old Nick also had his own fountain of fire!







The Nature Trail

A boy in front of one of the viewpoints looking out over the Saint-Maurice River. Nature trail. © Parks Canada

Now that you're here, take advantage of the nature trail bordering the banks of the St. Maurice River, which plunges and dives its way past the Forges.

Lush trees and shrubbery line the trail. Vegetation along the trail is luxuriant but through the occasional openings, visitors can get a glimpse of the beautiful panoramas offered by the Saint-Maurice River. Easy walking and pleasant breaks are to be had all along the way.

Experience the splendor of the St. Maurice.





A Green Space

A group of visitors enjoying a picnic under a tree. Picnic area. © Parks Canada

You may have worked up an appetite after your walk. What would you say now to a picnic?

Several tables have been set out for your enjoyment. But if you'd rather sit on the lawn, by all means suit yourself! There's no shortage of seating with a view!