Season launch and inauguration of "Smuggling, outsmart the exhibition"
Saturday, May 19 - special free admission
Be among the first to experience “Smuggling, outsmart the exhibition”, the new temporary exhibition at Fort Chambly!
One mission, three assets, and one exhibit to become New France’s greatest smuggler. In this new exhibit, the little-known history of smuggling along the Montréal–Albany corridor is presented as a game for the whole family.
On the agenda:
- The fort’s team of interpreters/guides will provide historical context
- Interactive presentation of the harvesting resources at the new forest landscape
- Practical workshops for preparing and processing wild plants
- Test, with your family, your bale carrying skills in a relay race where the aim is to try and outwit the guard.
Sunday July 1
Concert by RCMP Pipes and Drums at 1 pm in front of the fort and at 2 pm in the fort’s courtyard. Cancelled in the event of rain.
Family picnic “I love my Fort”
Saturday July 7
11 am - 3 pm
To highlight National Historic Sites Day, you are cordially invited to a family picnic in Fort Chambly Park. For the occasion, we will be unrolling our pretty checkered tablecloths along the Fort!
Throughout the day, we will be celebrating our special connection to Fort Chambly. The Fort is at the centre of the citizens’ lives and is a part of thousands of stories, and we want to hear yours!
LOOKING FOR YOUR ANECDOTES
We will collect your memories: bring your photos and your testimonies! We will share them on an interactive terminal during the exhibition devoted to Mister Joseph-Octave Dion.
In case of rain, the testimonies will be collected inside the fort and the picnic will not take place.
Activity for Archaeology Month
Saturday August 11 and Sunday August 12
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Parks Canada’s archaeologists will be conducting archaeological excavations near Fort Chambly, in the former seigneurial domain where the first village of Chambly developed in the 17th century. Accompanied by guides from Fort-Chambly, they will be available to share their expertise and their potential discoveries…
The feast of St. Louis and the "Artistes sur le champ" symposium
Saturday August 18 and Sunday August 19
The activities are organized jointly with the City of Chambly.
Enjoy a weekend of activities celebrating St. Louis Day and the 23rd edition of the “Artistes sur le champ” symposium. The symposium will feature more than 50 artists of various styles showcasing their works for and interacting with the public against the enchanting backdrop of the Fort Chambly site.
The program will start on Friday, August 17, with the conference “Québec au cours de la Grande Guerre” presented by the Société d’histoire de la seigneurie de Chambly, at 7:30 pm in Jacques-de-Chambly room (in French only).
This year, Parks Canada is showcasing Indigenous cultures with many demonstrations such as fish smoking, ash basket weaving, songs and dances, as well as a presentation on wampums.
In addition, a historical French military encampment brought to life by the Garnison de Québec will surely delight the entire family.
Some FoodTrucks will be installed in the park:
- Jerry: casse-croûte du terroir
- L'Assiette verte: vegetarian and vegan menu
- MIGNON, Churros & Nougat MTL: Confectioners and bakers
Also, as a novelty, François's Garde-Manger moved into the kitchen of Fort Chambly to offer a bistro in the courtyard and satisfy your taste buds during the weekend.
Bières et Saveurs de Chambly’s Festival
Friday August 31 until Monday September 3
The 17th edition of the Bières et Saveurs de Chambly's festival will be taking place in the park surrounding Fort Chambly. Every year, this festival brings together more than 110 exhibitors from all across Québec.
Once again, take advantage of the "Fort and festival" package. On this occasion, the fort will be opened until 8 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
The "journées de la culture"
Sunday, September 30 – Free Admission
Event organized jointly with the City of Chambly.
The Fort Chambly National Historic Site will open its doors free of charge to celebrate the Journées de la culture. Parks Canada historian Alain Gelly will give a presentation on smuggling in New France at 1:30 pm. Come and enjoy a variety of family activities on site!
Conference "Heard at Fort Chambly: Smuggling?"
The Fort Chambly garrison played a crucial role in controling smuggling activities over a vast territory. Despite its efforts and those of other King's representatives, Montréal and Albany merchants traded pelts and prized merchandise such as chintz. How was this possible? Why was this foreign trade so important? Why did Indigenous Peoples consider it as trading and not smuggling? Who are the unsuspected and unavoidable characters? Those questions will be answered on September 30 at Fort-Chambly. Conference presented in French only.