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Fort Chambly National Historic Site

Site Management

Objectives and Interpretation Themes

Interpretation activities at Fort Chambly
Interpretation activities at
Fort Chambly

© Parks Canada

Fort Chambly National Historic Site is one of the oldest sites in Canada. It was formally declared a National Historic Park in 1921.

Here are some excerpts from the original 1979 management plan describing the objectives and the interpretation themes of the site.

The Objectives of the Site

The objectives of Fort Chambly National Historic Site were determined after evaluating the potential of the different resources while taking into account the policy adopted for national historic sites, the historical reason for the site's existence, its integration within the Canadian national park system and its regional context.

These objectives are defined as follows:

  • To preserve both the structures and vestiges associated with the evolution of the site from the 17th century to the present time;

  • To commemorate and to interpret the people, the milieu and the activity that fashioned the history of the site;

  • To contribute to the enhancement of the national and regional heritage.
Presentation of the French soldier’s uniform
Presentation of the
French soldier’s uniform

© Parks Canada

Interpretation Themes

"Chambly: military post and settlement centre on the Richelieu; roles and history", is the general interpretive theme that will be treated at Fort Chambly National Historic Site. This theme is divided into four aspects.

  • The role played by the military post during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries

  • The activities of Fort Chambly's garrison between 1711 and 1759.

  • The architectural development of the fortified work. The presentation of the restoration work conducted by J.O. Dion in the 19th century those undertaken by Parks Canada.

  • The interaction between the military post and the populating of the region as well as its development during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

Our Partners

The City of Chambly collaborates with the Fort Chambly team in organizing events, disseminating Chambly’s heritage and promoting tourism.

City of Chambly (in French only)

Les Guides patrimoniaux au pays de Chambly, another non-profit association, is an important partner of Fort Chambly. This organization is in charge of the gift shop. It also offers guided tour of Chambly historical district and of the St.Stephen church.

Les Guides patrimoniaux au pays de Chambly

Fort Chambly from the sky
Fort Chambly from the sky
© Parks Canada

Tourisme Vallée-du-Richelieu is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote tourism in the Richelieu Valley. It is in charge of providing information to visitors to the region and offering them a broad range of informational and promotional tools.

Tourisme Vallée-du-Richelieu (in French only)

Tourisme Montérégie is a private non-profit organization that brings together many tourism ventures in the Montérégie region. Its mission is to develop tourism in the region through tourism promotion and information.

Tourisme Montérégie (in French only)

The Compagnie de Lacorne is a non-profit organization that aims to provide a faithful reproduction of the activities of a Compagnie franche de la Marine and to promote military heritage.

Compagnie de Lacorne – Compagnie Franche de la Marine (in French only)

The Comité de concertation et de valorisation du bassin de la rivière Richelieu (COVABAR) is an organization representing citizens in the Richelieu River watershed. Its mandate is to spread notions of responsibility and solidarity with respect to territorial protection.

Comité de concertation et de valorisation du basin de la rivière Richelieu (in French only)

The Société d’histoire de la seigneurie de Chambly is a non-profit organization bringing together history, heritage and genealogy enthusiasts. It is committed to fostering research and protecting and sharing heritage and history.

The Société d’histoire de la seigneurie de Chambly

Auberge Harris in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu offers packages that include visits to local tourist attractions.

Auberge Harris