In the land of Papineau

If history is what you're into, Petite-Nation La Lièvre is the destination for you. There, you will find a natural site of great beauty that was once the heart of a whole community and the manor where one of Lower-Canada's most important political figures used to live. Add to that the largest roundwood construction in the world, built as a private club during the Great Depression, and you'll be sure to revisit a rich past while staying very much in the present. Les Brasseurs de Montebello were even inspired by the region's history to create their local beers!
Start your day at the Plaisance Falls, where the mill of the village of North Nation Mills used to be. The town long ago disappeared but the place still exudes history. In Montebello, the Manoir-Papineau National Historic Site and Fairmont Le Château Montebello await you. You will witness firsthand the impact that Louis-Joseph Papineau and his family as well as the Seigniory Club continue to have on the region.

1 day
of history

Points of interest

Plaisance Falls
100, chemin Malo
Plaisance (Québec) J0V 1S0

Visit the Plaisance Falls historic site, a great spot for a picnic with family or friends! A scenic lookout, observation points and a hiking trail let you get right up close to the site’s spectacular natural beauty. With their 63-metre vertical drop, the Falls were an important economic factor in the founding of the 19th-century village of North Nation Mills (now only a memory). On-site interpretive activities bring to life this important part of the history of the Petite-Nation.

20,4 km
As you take Road 148 towards Montebello, you will pass the Centre d'interprétation du patrimoine de Plaisance, dedicated to the region's rich past. They also manage the Falls' park, where you just were. When you reach the Brasseurs de Montebello for lunch, ask about the history behind each one of their crafted beers.
Les Brasseurs de Montebello
485, rue Notre-Dame
Montebello (Québec) J0V 1L0

More than 30 kinds of craft beer from Quebec’s best microbreweries, including the Brasseurs de Montebello! Panini, sandwiches, soups, cheese plates, etc. Superb outdoor patio in summer!

1,2 km
You can get to Manoir-Papineau National Historic Site by foot but be sure to stop at the tourist information office inside the old train station. This is where you buy your tickets for the tour of the Manoir.
Manoir Papineau National Historic Site
500, rue Notre-Dame
Montebello (Québec) J0V 1L0

This exceptionally beautiful site, overhanging the Outaouais river, reveals the seigniorial Manor built in 1850 by Louis-Joseph Papineau, politician and man of culture. Allow yourself to be charmed by the romanticism of the garden, the authentic décor of the time, and the elegance of each room of the Manor. Stroll in the garden, visit the frescoes of Napoléon Bourassa, the granary, the seigeurial office and the funeral chapel. Guided visits, geocaching trail, young Xplorer, tea at the Manor and more…

450 m
A stay in Montebello wouldn't be complete without stopping at Fairmont Le Château Montebello. Whether to eat or spend the night, you can get there by foot from Manoir-Papineau by a beautiful trail.
Fairmont Le Château Montebello
392, rue Notre-Dame
Montebello (Québec) J0V 1L0

Conveniently located half way between Montreal and Ottawa, the world's largest log castle truly represents what you would expect of a "True Canadian Experience". This architectural marvel offers 211 rooms while an exquisite menu featuring regional products is available at two restaurants. Beautiful surroundings and year-round activities offer over 40 exciting adventures including golf, Canada’s only Land Rover Experience Driving School, and a spa.