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.

day of history

Points of interest

100 Malo Rd.
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 just a memory. On-site interpretive activities bring to life this important chapter in the history of the Petite-Nation.

20 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.
485 Notre-Dame St.
Montebello (Québec) J0V 1L0

The Brasseurs' mission: produce and serve quality beers, promote the heritage of the Outaouais, its artists and its community. With its warm atmosphere the Pub des Brasseurs de Montebello stands out and is the ideal place for a 5-7 or meeting with friends. Regular shows Saturday all year and on the patio on weekends during the summer. Always evolving, their gastronomic offer is constantly renewed. Paninis, Pizzas, Bison Nachos frayed at '' Miss Beety '', cheese platter, Fried Jalapeno, Fried Pickle, etc.

1 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.
503 Notre-Dame St.
Montebello (Québec) J0V 1L0

In order to carry out major restoration work on its historic buildings, the Manoir Papineau National Historic Site will be closed to the public for the 2020 tourist season. However, a Visitor Centre, located near the parking lot, will remain open to the public during peak season. Visitors can obtain tourist information from the centre and learn more about Parks Canada’s leadership in cultural resource conservation. Open daily, from 10 am to 5 pm, from June 20 to September 7 (closed on July 1st).

0.5 km
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.
392 Notre-Dame St.
Montebello (Québec) J0V 1L0

Conveniently located halfway between Montreal and Ottawa, the world's largest log castle truly represents what you would expect of a "true Canadian experience." This architectural marvel has 210 guestrooms and two restaurants with exquisite menus featuring regional products. Beautiful surroundings and year-round activities offer over 40 exciting adventures, including golf, Canada’s only Land Rover off-road Experience, and a spa.