Forges du Saint-Maurice

Forges du Saint-Maurice

Want to have a blast? Visit a blast furnace! Among other things, you'll see how they made that old cast iron bed in the attic 200 years ago. And when you can't take the heat, head down to the Saint-Maurice River to discover archaeological remains. Want more? How about an amazing multimedia show!

Activities

Discover Archeological Remains

For over 150 years, the Forges du Saint-Maurice produced a wide array of objects to meet the evolving needs of each era. The reputation of this first Canadian iron industry rested upon its employees' skills. From moulder to foundryman and blacksmith to collier, each played a valuable role.

The blast furnace is the heart of the Forges. But what went into the furnace that came out as cast iron? Learn about the raw materials that go into the making of iron and see how water and ore worked together for over 150 years to produce casting and iron. Then follow the trail along the St. Maurice Creek to the remains of the upper forge, the flour and wood mills and the lower forge.

How much time will I need?

  • About an hour, or more if you are curious!

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

  • No special equipment is needed, just bring a camera.

Is this activity free?

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

When's the best time to do this?

  • End of June to the beginning of September.

 

Watch a Multimedia Show

You'll begin your visit at the Grande Maison – the ironmaster's house. It's chock full of fascinating exhibits that follow the history of ironmaking in Canada.

Once you've finished exploring, return to the upper floor to watch a captivating multimedia show lasting 17 minutes. A star of the show is a huge, hyper-realistic scale model of the village surrounding the Forges in 1845, when the company was at the peak of its output and fame. At that time, the settlement numbered more than a hundred buildings, and was the home or workplace of more than 400 people.

How much time will I need?

  • Less than 30 minutes.

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

  • No special equipment is needed, just bring a camera.

Is this activity free?

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

When's the best time to do this?

  • End of June to the beginning of September.

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