April 9, 2021 Trois-Rivières, Quebec Parks Canada Agency
Parks Canada is responsible for protecting Canada’s natural and cultural heritage, for showcasing outstanding examples across the country, and for sharing these treasured places with Canadians.
To that extent, the Government of Canada is announcing an investment of $613,000 at the Forges du Saint-Maurice National Historic Site to rehabilitate the access road, re-design the Grande Maison reception area, and install new interpretive panels along the site’s interpretation circuit.
Financed through the federal infrastructure investment program, these infrastructure improvements are in addition to the new features already announced for 2021, including the new experience 1600°C: Trial by Fire, which will allow visitors to experience the hard work of the blast furnace workers using new digital technology, and the new audio path Diabolus ex machina, created and narrated primarily by internationally renowned regional artist Fred Pellerin, that was announced less than a month ago.
These new visitor experiences and infrastructure upgrades are in line with the strategies identified in the site’s new management plan. The strategies aim to make the Forges du Saint-Maurice a major attraction for the community and the regional tourism offer, as well as a national historic site that focuses on the protection and presentation of heritage. The new management plan can be viewed online at https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/qc/saintmaurice/gestion-management/plan.
All of the investments in the Forges du Saint-Maurice allow visitors to enjoy new quality experiences and discover the exceptional history of Canada’s first industrial community.