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Fort Lennox National Historic Site

Events and Treasures of Île aux Noix 2016

The Treasures of Île aux Noix program features a myriad of activities
The Treasures of Île aux Noix program features a myriad of activities
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Are you looking for a novel outing with family or friends? Would you like to plan an entertaining, educational excursion? The Fort Lennox National Historic Site is just what you’re looking for.

You'll enjoy discovering a page of history through guided tours, the exhibits, and the activity-filled weekends.

The Treasures of Île aux Noix program features a myriad of activities. All activities are offered in both official languages.


Drummer Soldier Come and celebrate with us!
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Canada Day

July 1

Come and celebrate with us, there will be family activities!

Free admission


Boating Festival

July 8, 9 and 10: special fees

From July 8 to 10, Parks Canada is proud to host the Saint-Paul-de-l’Île-aux-Noix Boating Festival (only in French) at the Fort Lennox National Historic Site, organized in collaboration with the municipality.

IMPORTANT: For the duration of the festival, visitors must purchase the $12 button (free for children 5 years and younger) to gain access to the festival site from July 8 to 10. With this entry fee, visitors can benefit from all the activities proposed by the municipality on the wharf of the Fort Lennox National Historic Site and by Parks Canada on Île aux Noix where the fortification is located.

Visitors must park their vehicles in one of the municipality's five incentive parking lots. Shuttle services to the Fort Lennox National Historic Site and to the festival site will be provided.

On the program: a large site set up on land (Parks Canada wharf) with a food-service area, a craftsmen area, a space for families with numerous demonstrations, food trucks and bar services, festive evenings, free tries on a canoe, kayak, paddleboard, and pedal boat, shuttles every 15 minutes to visit Fort Lennox and benefit from the variety of activities and challenges proposed by Parks Canada Heritage Presenters.

For more information or to buy a pass, please visit the Saint-Paul de-l’île-aux-Noix Municipality website.

Detailed Event Program:

Friday, July 8
Come to Fort-Lennox for supper! Come to Fort-Lennox for supper!
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On Île aux Noix
A RUSTIC SUPPER ON ÎLE AUX NOIX - ANNUAL MÉCHOUI OF LES AMIS DU FORT-LENNOX
The festival's inaugural event at the cost of $40 per person

6:30 p.m.: Welcome cocktail
7 p.m.: Rustic supper (méchoui)
9 p.m.: Lantern-lit tour
9:45 p.m.: Black-powder firing at night
10 p.m.: Fireworks from the fortification

Come to Fort-Lennox for supper!

3 p.m.: Opening of the Boating Festival (It is possible, however, to access Fort Lennox as of 10 a.m. by using the shuttle service from the city hall's parking lot)
10 p.m.: Fireworks
10:15 p.m.: Performance by the circus troupe Estraya + DjDesNoyers
10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.: Bal en bleu with DJ DesNoyers


Saturday, July 9

On Île aux Noix

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

Naval Battle Naval Battle
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  • Various games and activities: archery, naval battle, photobooth, and games of skill
  • Stunt kite demonstrations
  • Guided tours and challenges inside the fortification
  • Presentations by the percussion group Le Bloco

Boating Festival Site (on land)

10 a.m.: Opening of the Boating Festival
5 p.m.: Boat parade and Flyboard demonstration
9 p.m. to 1 a.m.: SMASH and LeBoeuf-DesChamps concerts

Sunday, July 10

On Île aux Noix

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

  • Various games and activities: archery, naval battle, photobooth, and games of skill
  • Stunt kite demonstrations
  • Guided tours and challenges inside the fortification
  • Presentations by the percussion group Le Bloco

Boating Festival Site (on land)

10 a.m.: Opening of the Boating Festival
11 a.m.: First start of the Rabaska race
1 p.m.: Second start of the Rabaska race

For more information on the Saint-Paul-de-l’Île-aux-Noix Boating Festival (only in French) or to buy a three-day pass for access to the site and activities, please visit the Saint-Paul de-l’île-aux-Noix Municipality website.

Saint-Paul-de-l’Île-aux-Noix Boating Festival




Saint-Paul-de-l'Île-aux-Noix, Nautical Capital


Archeology Month

Archaeological excavation at Fort Lennox Archaeological excavation at Fort Lennox
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August 6 and 7, from de 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Learn about the paleohistorical occupation of the island with "The paleohistory of Île aux Noix" activity. 10 to 15 minutes information capsules, supported by various artefacts, will be presented by Alain Prévost, archaeologist and professor of anthropology / archeology of the Cégep régional de Lanaudière in L'Assomption.

In case of rain, the activity will take place inside the fort.


Commemoration of the World Wars

Sunday, August 28
Camp for refugees, summer of 1941 Morning call in the camp for refugees, summer of 1941
© Parks Canada, Berthold-Wormann Collection

Fort Lennox during the Second World War

From 1940 to 1943, during the Second World War, Fort Lennox served as a prison camp. Approximately 300 men were interned on Île-aux-Noix, first as prisoners of war, then as refugees.

This presentation given by a heritage presenter features a series of beautiful archival photographs. Come discover the fascinating accounts of this not well-known period of Île-aux-Noix's history!

Duration: between 30 and 45 minutes

Presentation times for the activity in French: 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Presentation times for the activity in English: 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.