Fort Chambly

Fort Chambly

Fort Chambly is located at the edge of the Richelieu River, at the foot of the Chambly rapids. Built in 1711, this imposing stone fortification protected New France from a potential British invasion. The fort has resisted the upheavals of history and remains a valued reminder of the French presence in North America. Restored by Parks Canada, Fort Chambly now houses exhibitions showcasing key moments in the history of New France.

Activities

Explore an 18th century fort

At the turn of the 18th century, the governor of New France ordered this fort be built to defend Montreal in the event of a British invasion. The fort was later occupied by the British before it was permanently abandoned in 1869. Fort Chambly proved its value once again when a series of archeological digs in the 1970s uncovered long buried treasures here. Take a tour of Fort Chambly to learn about the secrets of its military architecture, the important role it played in various conflicts and to learn more about what life was like for the soldiers who were stationed here.

How much time will I need?

  • About an hour.

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • No special gear needed. Just bring your camera.

Is this activity free?

  • Yes, but entrance fees to the site must be paid.

When is the best time to do this?

  • Mid-May to mid-October.

 

Relive history with costumed interpreters

During the summer, Fort Chambly invites you to take part in interpretive activities that will take you back to New France. Join in a musket demonstration, learn how firearms were made or let a rope maker teach you his techniques. Round off your day with tour of the fort and a picnic in Fort Chambly Park along the banks of the Richelieu River. The theme of these presentations change every week so make sure to check with staff at the Fort before planning your day.

How much time will I need?

  • About an hour.

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • No special gear needed. Just bring your camera.

Is this activity free?

  • Yes, but entrance fees to the site must be paid.

When is the best time to do this?

  • July to September.

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