More than three centuries ago, in 1720, the authorities of New France allowed the establishment of the first trading post on the current site. This former trading post has borne witness to the presence of Indigenous people for some six millennia and the scene of commercial rivalries between fur traders for 200 years. It is at the heart of regional history.
During your visit to the historic site, let yourself be charmed by the pebble beach and the mysterious "enchanted forest." Exhibitions—some permanent, some temporary—and the film "The Voyageurs" are a must-see at the historic site.
Hours of operation
Closed for the season
Free admission for youth. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list
Thousand Islands National Park
Granite islands speckle the St. Lawrence River in a transition zone between Canadian Shield and Adirondack Mountains. Explore by boating, paddling, or hiking. Awesome Thousand Islands National Park awaits, a few hours from Toronto or Montreal.
Sir Wilfrid Laurier National Historic Site
Discover the life and work of famed Prime Minister Wilfred Laurier and admire an imposing collection of artifacts and old furniture in his former home, a typical house from the 19th century, in the St. Lawrence Valley.
Laurier House National Historic Site
Two of Canada’s most important Prime Ministers, Sir Wilfrid Laurier and the Rt. Hon. William Lyon Mackenzie King, resided in this Victorian Ottawa mansion where they entertained dignitaries and politicians while often conducting the nation’s business.
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.
Rideau Canal National Historic Site
An historic 19th century military waterway linking rivers and lakes across Eastern Ontario’s countryside, the Rideau Canal is now a popular natural playground, perfect for boating, paddling, fishing, camping, hiking and cycling the canal’s wooded pathways.