Discover the remains of the first iron industry in Canada, the Forges du Saint-Maurice, in the Mauricie region halfway between Montréal and Québec City. Step into the Grande Maison (the "ironmasters' house") to admire the iron and cast iron items manufactured at the forges, then stop at the blast furnace to learn more about this community of craftsmen who, for 150 years, provided the objects needed for the development and defense of the colony.
Hours of operation
June 23 to September 3
Every day, from 10 am to 5 pm*
*Last admission: 4:30 pm
Special opening: September 28 (Journées de la culture)
12 am to 4:30 pm
Free admission for youth in 2019. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list
La Mauricie National Park
With its 536 km2 area, La Mauricie National Park is the ideal place for an outdoor escape. Hills, forests and streams are accessible any season of the year.
Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site
A jewel of the provincial capital, the Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site is a reminder of the richness of the city's military past. The site takes us back to the French and British regimes when Québec played a deciding role in the defence of the colony.
Lévis Forts National Historic Site
The purpose of the Lévis Forts was to protect Quebec City against an American invasion. Visit Fort No. 1 to discover its history as well as military strategies, and enjoy the splendid panorama as well.
Fort Chambly National Historic Site
Roughly 30 kilometres southeast of Montreal, Fort Chambly rises proudly at the foot of the Richelieu River rapids. Built in 1711 to defend the colony, this stone fortification was preceded by three wooden forts.
Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site
Stroll through Darvard Island and enjoy recognizing many species of trees and birds. Have a family picnic while watching the lockage of pleasure craft. Children will be fascinated by the fish ladder, a structure unlike anything else in the world.