The historical tour

Maison Felix Leclerc
Maison Felix Leclerc

Larger-than-life people and places

This fascinating tour transports history buffs and culture vultures back in time. At the not-to-be-missed sites on this tour, you’ll discover the secrets hidden within the walls of the Trestler House, the vast collection showcasing the region’s cultural and artistic heritage at the Musée régional de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, and the passion of legendary Quebec singer, poet and artist Félix Leclerc in his home on the shore of Vaudreuil Cove.

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From Vaudreuil-Dorion to Rigaud

Time

1 day

# of stops

5 stops

Distance

33 km

Stops

  • 1 Maison Trestler
  • 2 Musée régional de Vaudreuil-Soulanges
  • 3 Maison Félix-Leclerc de Vaudreuil
  • 4 Centre d'histoire vivante Greenwood
  • 5 Sucrerie de la Montagne

Maison Trestler 1

85, Chemin de la Commune Vaudreuil-Dorion Québec J7V 2C3

450-455-6290

A unique heritage property, Trestler House is a window back in time. Built in the late 1700s, the 16-room stone house is a shining example of Québec history, complete with period furniture, artifacts, even its own ghost! The summer season bustles with excitement: group tours, guided visits, exhibitions, and a legendary summer concert series that features talented local and international musicians. The house is available as an enchanting venue for weddings, business meetings, and other events, complete with rentals and catering services. Sheltered in a residential area of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Trestler House is one of the region’s cultural gems, easily accessible by car, train, bicycle, or on foot.

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Musée régional de Vaudreuil-Soulanges 2

431, Avenue Saint-Charles Vaudreuil-Dorion Québec J7V 2N3

450-455-2092

Built near 1847, this imposing structure began its life as Collège Saint-Michel, functioning as Vaudreuil Village’s boy’s school. In 1958, it became the home of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Regional Museum. Through its permanent and temporary ethnologiccal exhibitions, this museums acts as a witness to the evolution of this region’s way of life. The museum houses and protects over 9,000 magnificent objects of Quebec’s material heritage. It is also their mission to showcase the work of local artists in their contemporary gallery, which sees up to six shows a year. Museum staff are courteous and friendly, and are happy to take groups on guided tours of the collection. Themed activities are offered for children during the city’s many cultural events, and adult workshops are planned throughout the year. The museum is especially active with heritage and artistic workshops during the Seigneuriales de Vaudreuil-Dorion.

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Maison Félix-Leclerc de Vaudreuil 3

186, Chemin de l'Anse Vaudreuil-Dorion Québec J7V 8P3

4504553371,poste2350

The only home lived in by Quebec poet and artist Félix Leclerc still open to the public, the Maison Félix Leclerc is classified as a historical monument and now houses a permanent exhibition that invites guests to learn all about this star of song, theatre, and poetry. At the same time, discover the wellspring of creativity of the era's artistic community and the works of art Félix created while living on Vaudreuil-Dorion's Chemin de l’Anse. Other than inetractive guided tours, guests can profit all season long from a number of shows and cultural events in a garden that overlooks the magnificent Lake of Two Mountains. The shop is a must-visit as well, full of unique souvenirs and beautiful local artisanal and gourmet products.

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Centre d'histoire vivante Greenwood 4

254, Rue Main Hudson Québec J0P 1H0

450-458-5396

Greenwood House is a historic home and garden that offers visitors an unparalleled vision of the region’s past. Built on the banks of Lac des Deux-Montagnes in 1732 and expanded in the following years, Greenwood Cottage has been the home of the Delesderniers, Shepherd, and Nobbs families for five generations, two families of fascinating characters whose letters and effects bring life to the house decades later. You will hear their stories as you tour the beautifully conserved property full of period furniture, costumes, and important Canadian artifacts; you can even stay for tea on the back porch! Celebrating its 20th year in 2016, Greenwood is run by dedicated volunteers who also organize a variety of activities throughout the year, including Treasures in the Attic, theatre productions on the lawn, and StoryFest, a month-long literary festival celebrating Canadian authors.

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Sucrerie de la Montagne 5

300, Chemin Saint-Georges Rigaud Québec J0P 1P0

450-451-0831

The Sucrerie de la Montagne is a sugar shack with a gourmet twist. In Rigaud, the 120-acre maple sugar farm uses traditional methods to extract the sap and produce Canada’s favourite treat. Open year-round and set in the heart of an ancient maple forest, the site has been arranged like a village from long ago. The vintage atmosphere transports guests to another time and place, making it all the easier to forget modern cares and truly savour Québec’s flavours and traditions. The menu is based on traditional sugaring-off fare but with an eye towards excellent culinary performance; the kitchen is well-known for providing feasts for heritage activities and other social events. The buildings on the site are perfect for weddings, corporate events, fundraisers, and family gatherings; rooms can hold up to 350 guests. The Sucrerie de la Montagne is considered both a Québec heritage site and a distinctive Canadian experience, making it the perfect stop for anyone wanting to discover one of the quintessential elements of Canadian and Québec culture.

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