Destination DIX30
31 August 2015
Mont Saint-Bruno National Park
Plein air
31 August 2015

National Historic Sites

Fort Chambly

Visit the four National Historic Sites:

Fort Chambly

At the foot of the tumultuous Richelieu River rapids, Fort Chambly stands proudly, having played a defensive role for more than 300 years. In 1665, the Carignan-Salières regiment built the first fort in Chambly to counter the Iroquois threat. Two other wooden forts would later replace it. A fourth, this one in stone, still watches over the Richelieu. Fort Chambly retraces the twists and turns of colonization and the military conflicts that fill the pages of Canada’s history.

Fort Lennox

Just a stone’s throw from the U.S. border, Île-aux-Noix – anchored in the middle of the Richelieu River – served as a bulwark against potential invaders from the south. When, for the third time, military authorities ordered the reconstruction of the fort, they named the new defensive structure Fort Lennox.

The Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site features Canada’s first lock canal and the remains of a fort. With a history spanning 7,000 years, the site was a portage and encampment location used by Amerindians to avoid the rapids, a military fortification, and a canal that opened the way for commercial shipping.

The Battle of the Châteauguay Historic Site commemorates the victory of Canadian troops over the invading American army on October 26th, 1813. Visit the interpretation centre to discover how 300 Canadian fighters managed to defeat 3,700 Americans.