Diabolus ex machina: An audio path by Fred Pellerin

Fred Pellerin in front of the grande maison
The storyteller Fred Pellerin lends his voice in his story Diabolus ex machina new in 2021.


Created in a “carte blanche” formula by storyteller Fred Pellerin, the new audio path Diabolus ex machina will be available in the summer of 2021, and will deliver an outdoor experience lasting approximately 75 minutes. This walking tour in the form of a mock documentary will plunge you into the historical and legendary world of the Forges du Saint-Maurice as seen through the storyteller’s playful glasses. The narrated circuit will consist of 14 sound capsules (the 13th being omitted for the sake of superstition!) that can be accessed directly on your smartphone or by using one of the portable devices available on site. More details to come.

News release: https://www.canada.ca/en/parks-canada/news/2021/02/storyteller-fred-pellerin-creates-an-audio-work-inspired-by-local-folklore-at-the-forges-du-saint-maurice-national-historic-site.html.

A visitor participates in the new immersive experience 1600 degrees Celsius trial by Fire
The new immersive experience 1600°C trial by Fire

Immersive experience 1600°C trial by Fire


Immerse yourself in the unknown world of the blast furnace workers. Follow the instructions of the master founder and try to perform all the steps of the cast iron manufacturing process. Will you be a good apprentice? Will the master founder hire you? Come live the experience with the new immersive installation designed to put you to the test and see if you're up to it! Shovel, load, skim . . . and heat it up!

A fleurdelise cast iron medallion is represented on the wall durind the multimedia show
Multimédia show combining projection on a big screen and special effects on the model

The multimedia show

Witness a recreation of the lives of workers at the Forges du Saint-Maurice during a multimedia show. Combining video projection and simultaneous 3D effects on a big screen as well as on a model representing the village in 1845, this multimedia presentation examines daily life in Canada's first industrial community.

The permanent multimedia show brings to life 20 minutes from a page of history recounting the lives of forge masters and workers who gave birth to the Canadian iron industry in the land of the Mauricie.

Guided tours

Children looking at a mockup throuh a window
Guided tours with Forges-du-Saint-Maurice National Historic site guides are offered to our visitors

From May to September

* Activity suspended until further notice.

You'll feel the heat, that's for sure, standing in front of the blast furnace. Imagine the hellish fire spewing out, the sound of a hammer beating iron at the hands of skilled workers shaping kettles, weapons, nails, pans and other objects needed by the colony.

Then, when evening falls, hear bursts of laughter from the hostel, the stomping of well-shod horses, and the rusty voice of an old rooster interrupting the silence. Then comes the well-earned break in the cottages within the village of Forges du Saint-Maurice.

Experience all this with an interpretive guide during a visit that takes you from the Grande Maison to the Fontaine du Diable. But beware; the devil could blow in a tale or two that only insiders know.

This activity is offered to groups with a reservation: minimum de 10 people

Cost: from $3.90 per person

The Young Xplorers of Parks Canada

* Activity suspended until further notice.

The Parks Canada Xplorer program is a lively new activity for the whole family.

Six- to eleven-year-olds will enjoy the daring, delight, and fun… On your marks, get set, Xplore!

This program is also offered at Fort Chambly, Fort Lennox, La Mauricie National Park, and numerous other Parks Canada sites.

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