In Mauricie, halfway between Montréal and Québec City, discover the remains of Canada's first iron industry. Enter the Grande Maison to admire the iron and cast iron pieces made at the Forges, then stop at the blast furnace to learn more about this community of artisans who, for 150 years, provided the objects necessary for the development of the colony and its defence. Follow the stream and take a breath of fresh air as you walk the nature trail along the Saint Maurice River. Plan your picnic and take full advantage of the vast site, which is like a green oasis surrounding the rich history of the Forges . . .
Hours of operation
June 19 to September 6
Every day, from 10 am to 5 pm*
September 7 to October 11
Saturday, Sunday and holidays, from 10 am to 5 pm*
* Last admission: 4:30 pm
Free admission for youth in 2021. Other fees still apply.
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