A summer season launch marked by novelty and collaboration at Forges du Saint-Maurice National Historic Site

From: Parks Canada

June 16, 2021 Trois-Rivières, Quebec Parks Canada Agency

Today, in the presence of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Fred Pellerin, emblematic storyteller in Quebec, Hugues Sweeney, President of Thinkwell Studio Montreal, and Geneviève Caron, Superintendent of the Forges du Saint-Maurice National Historic Site and La Mauricie National Park, Parks Canada kicked off the new tourism season.

Parks Canada is pleased to offer visitors a number of new features at the Forges du Saint-Maurice starting June 19, including two new and exciting visitor experiences that will allow them to discover the site through different and unique approaches.

The first one, Diabolus ex machina, is presented as 14 sound capsules which have the look and feel of a pseudo-documentary. Lasting about 90 minutes, this outdoor circuit will allow visitors to enter the historical and legendary world of the Forges du Saint-Maurice and to discover the site through the poetic creative universe of internationally renowned local artist, Fred Pellerin.

The second, created in collaboration with Thinkwell Studio Montreal, is designed as a game. Visitors will be given six tasks to complete in an immersive and sensory experience that will allow them to experience the steps involved in making cast iron. Motion sensors will allow people to activate characters on the screen who will react by mirroring the participants’ movement. The objective of the game is to successfully complete the various actions necessary for the different stages of work in the blast furnace in order to contribute to the success of the casting of the iron.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy new facilities in the Grande Maison lobby and on the outdoor course. With the access road work completed this spring, all these improvements and new features make the historic site a must see for the upcoming tourism season.

Parks Canada asks Canadians to exercise caution and care when visiting Parks Canada’s managed sites, and to respect the travel restrictions and guidance of public health experts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the health of everyone.

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