Fort Chambly National Historic Site officially opens and Grand Opening of the “Smuggling, outsmart the exhibition”

by pmnationtalk on May 16, 2018187 Views

Free admission for youth at Parks Canada’s places starting in 2018

May 16, 2018                   Montréal, Quebec            Parks Canada Agency

Parks Canada’s places represent the very best that Canada has to offer and tell stories of who we are, including the history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples.

Millions of Canadians celebrated Canada 150 with free admission to Parks Canada’s places in 2017 and more Canadians than ever before had amazing experiences. Building on that success, the Government has announced free admission to Parks Canada’s places for youth aged 17 and under, starting in 2018 and beyond. This will make discovering nature and connecting with our history easier and more affordable for families.

Through the Parks Canada Discovery Pass, families and groups will have unlimited opportunities to visit national parks, marine conservation areas, and historic sites throughout the year.

On Saturday, May 19th, the Fort Chambly National Historic Site will launch its new family-friendly exhibition “Smuggling, outsmart the exhibition” and marks the 2018 season opening. For the occasion, the site will be free of charge for all.

This interactive exhibition brings back the visitors in time to experience the little-known history of smuggling along the Montréal–Albany corridor, at the heart of the 18th century. Visitors discover how Montréal-based traders managed to bypass the regulated beaver fur trade in New France, which at the time was controlled by a French company called the Compagnie des Indes. Besides “Smuggling, outsmart the exhibition”, a variety of activities will be offered that day, including talks by the fort’s team of interpreters/guides providing historical context, an interactive presentation at the new feeding forest landscape, practical workshops for preparing and processing wild plants, and a relay race with hay bales.

An updated program for the 2018 season

What’s more, many special activities and events have been planned for the summer season, giving you the perfect opportunity to experience the site’s beautiful landscapes and rich history. Among the expected events, we would specifically like to highlight St. Louis Day and the 23rd edition of the “Artistes sur le champ” symposium on August 18th and 19th, organized in collaboration with the City of Chambly. This year, Parks Canada is showcasing Indigenous cultures with a variety of demonstrations, such as fish smoking, ash basket weaving, songs and dances, as well as a presentation on wampums.

Public consultation: Seeking public opinion

The Fort Chambly National Historic Site will also hold a public consultation on May 19th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The purpose is to give the public an opportunity to get involved in the decision-making process of managing the national historic site. The management plan will guide the management of this historic site over the next ten years (2018–2028). Join the Parks Canada’s team in developing a common vision and encouraging visitors to discover this distinctive site. Those interested can also share their opinion online until June 11th. Details are available on the Fort Chambly website.


“This year, we are celebrating families with free admission for youth aged 17 and under. We want to inspire youth to discover, connect, and protect Canada’s remarkable nature and history. And as always, we encourage all visitors to plan their trips and discover new and exciting destinations across the country, by consulting Parks Canada’s website, or downloading the Parks Canada’s Mobile App for a list of hidden gems and other unique and memorable ways to experience our national treasures.”

The Honourable Catherine McKenna,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick facts

  • Starting on May 19th, the Fort Chambly National Historic Site will be open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From June 23rd to September 3rd, opening hours will extend to seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • On July 1st, as part of Canada Day celebration, Fort Chambly will offer free admission.
  • On Saturday, July 7th, visitors are invited to a family picnic to celebrate National Historic Sites Day.
  • Parks Canada manages a nation-wide network of 171 national historic sites, 46 national parks, one national urban park, and four national marine conservation areas.
  • Canadians are encouraged to order their Parks Canada Discovery Passes online. Discovery Passes are also available at Parks Canada’s entry gates and visitor centres. Please visit the Parks Canada’s Web site for more information.
  • Enter Parks Canada’s Discover Canada contest for a chance to win an amazing trip to Canada’s west coast and other bi-weekly prizes, including Discovery Passes and merchandise. We work in collaboration with our proud partners: MEC, CIBC and Air Canada.

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Marie-Claude Chiasson
Public Relations and Communications Officer
La Mauricie and Western Quebec Field Unit
Parks Canada

Media relations
Parks Canada Agency


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