Where does the name Petite-Nation (“little nation”) come from? From the territory’s original inhabitants, the Weskarini people, also known as the Algonquin Little Nation. Later on, in the days of European settlement, this relatively calm stretch of the Ottawa River was plied by steamboats and their seigneurs (lords). Discover the Papineau family’s ancestral manor, Plaisance Falls and its vanished village, and a national park that’s home to thousands of birds.

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Points of interest

500 Notre-Dame Street
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 in 2019. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to welcoming you in 2020 for the grand reopening!

4.6 km
After lunch in the village of Montebello, you’re off to Parc Oméga. Travel back in time on the Colonization Trail leading to a trading post, and along the First Nations Trail, admire the totem poles representing the 11 First Nations of Quebec.
399 Hwy 323 North
Montebello (Québec) J0V 1L0

At the wheel of your vehicle, follow a winding 15-km road through this 890-hectare wildlife park (the only one of its kind in Quebec) and observe wild animals in their natural habitat. You'll see bison, wapiti, bears, fallow deer, white-tailed deer, moose, wild goats, wolves, and more! Step out of your car and go for a hike along the lakeside trail among the white-tailed deer. In spring, visit the new maple sugar camp, and in summer, enjoy a variety of activities.

20.7 km
Time to take a break! Choose your relaxation destination: the world’s largest log building, the Fairmont Le Château Montebello; or the peace and quiet of nature in Plaisance National Park. Leave before sunset and make a stop in Papineauville.
1001 Des Presqu'Îles Road
Plaisance (Québec) JOV 1SO

Located on a series of islands in Ottawa River, the Parc national de Plaisance is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts looking for exceptional natural settings. Here, birdwatching gets top billing. Over 230 species can be observed all year. The sight of migrating birds and ducks is stunning, and turtle egg-laying season is an event not to be missed. Discover the park by hiking or biking the trail network or by canoeing or kayaking through its lush environment. Rent a farmhouse, a Traditionnal Ready-to-Camp Tent or one of 120 campsites and prolong your nature experience!

6.4 km
Discover the park’s natural beauty by canoe or bicycle, then visit the Plaisance Falls to learn more about the history of this part of the region, a thriving village, now vanished.
100 Malo Road
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.